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Alta Lakes and Ghost Town, CO

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Distance One Way 3.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 11,032 feet
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Ruins, Historic, Seasonal Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Peak
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Photos Viewed All Mine Following
10  2018-07-23 Stoic
31  2014-08-30 Lucyan
96  2013-09-27
Colorado Fall Colours 2013
80  2013-06-14
Colorado Trek - June 2013
19  2010-07-31 slegal
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author avatar Guides 16,879
Routes 15,956
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep
Sun  6:59am - 5:52pm
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Alta, Colorado is famous for being the first site to leverage Tesla's AC transmission system. This allowed the local mines and mills to convert from coal power which had to be transported 4 miles by mule trains each day.

From historic marker at the Alta Townsite;

The Alta Townsite was the center of mining activity in the Alta-God King area from 1877 to 1948. L.I.Nunn, Nicola Tesla and George Westinghouse worked at this site with the first industrial use of alternating current electriciity. A long distance electric transmission line was completed from the Ames power plant on the San Miguel River below on June 21st 1891. John Wagner operated the Belmont-Wagner mill at this site from 1917 until 1948

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your 4x4 trip to support this local community.

2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    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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    From Hwy 145, take Alta Lakes Road/FR632 (located between Telluride and Ophir Loop) and travel about 3.5 miles up to the ghost town. The lakes will be another 0.5 miles further up the road.
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