Alpine Tunnel East

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4.7/5 (16 reviews)
Buena Vista, Colorado (Chaffee County)
Last Updated: 12/01/2023
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Situated near the famous ghost town of St. Elmo and within the San Isabel National Forest, this trail will lead you through an area with some of the most historic and beautiful country that Colorful Colorado has to offer. If turn of the century railroads, mining history, and ghost towns are what you are looking for, you will not be disappointed. You will travel through the ghost town of Romley which existed as a service town for the Mary Murphy Mine. Romley was also known as the "red town" because all it's buildings were painted red with white trim. It was originally called Murphy's Switch because of the presence of it's railroad siding. With an even more scenic setting, you come to the ghost town of Hancock, with only its log foundations still showing. Hancock served the workers who built the famous Alpine Tunnel. Its main population peak was in the 1880's and 1890's while the tunnel was being built. The train ran through Hancock carrying miners, passengers and supplies. It is said Mark Twain took the ride one time just for the experience.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

The route mostly follows the old railroad grade as it gains elevation toward the east side of the Alpine Tunnel. For the most part the dirt road is smooth and wide, passing is not an issue. There are no obstacles and the route is suitable for any stock high clearance SUV in good weather.

Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (16)
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41100
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/01/2023

This trail is closed for the winter.
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14600
Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/08/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Easy trail with lots of Colorado history.
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41100
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Visited: 08/01/2023

The Trail is open for the season
Partially Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/26/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Made it in the Power Wagon just past the Pomeroy Lakes turn off before we hit deep enough snow to make the wife nervous with us traveling alone..
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41100
Partially Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/15/2023

Open to the hiking trailhead if you can handle deep snow. Open for 2 miles with intermittent snow.
Trail Review: Alpine Tunnel East - Marcus Trusty
Trail Review: Alpine Tunnel East - Marcus Trusty

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