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Richmond Trail, CO

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,900 feet
Elevation Gain 2,700 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,807 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.75
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Ruins, Historic & Peak
Backpack Yes
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18  2012-01-14 Jim_H
Author Jim_H
author avatar Guides 60
Routes 56
Photos 8,466
Trips 1,839 map ( 11,041 miles )
Age 41 Male Gender
Location Marana, AZ
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → 10 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  4:48am - 7:36pm
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Aspen and Views
by Jim_H

Likely In-Season!
Alpine access, peak access, and aspen in fall make this a trail with a lot to offer. This makes a great trail for summer flowers and autumn color. From the pass, a short off trail scramble allows a hiker to gain Hayden Peak. Even if you only go part of the way, it's worth the effort.

The Richmond trail starts on US 550, just south of the popular tourist town of Ouray, and near the historic town of Ironton. The trail is signed and easy to find. Once on the trail, it is a series of switchbacks up an aspen covered slope. In fall, this must be a very popular or at least colorful hike. As you gain elevation, the aspen thin out and the spruce come to dominate. Eventually, you're in meadows and these give way to open alpine grass and flower covered slopes. A short side trip to point 12,170 can provide an easy peak, as well as canyon views. The trail continues on to Richmond Pass. The trail leading up to the pass crosses a northeast facing slope which will hold snow into early summer, so plan accordingly. It is also an avalanche path in winter.

From the pass, a short side trip can take you to Hayden Peak. A social trail is visible on it's southwest face, and it may be a fairly easy peak to access. After the pass, the trail descends to Camp Bird and the road which enters Yankee Boy Basin for Sneffels access. Mileage and access are for the portion up to the pass. If you hike the section after the pass, add your description to this page.

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2012-01-15 Jim_H

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Ouray, CO, drive south on US 550. After mile marker 85, look for the small sign for the Richmond Trail on the right or east side of the highway. Park on the road side or on a nearby turn out. If you make mile marker 84, you have gone too far.
    page created by Jim_H on Jan 15 2012 8:46 pm
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