Democrat Mountain

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Location Empire, CO
Rating Moderate,
Length 4.6mi
Time 4hrs

Vehicle Types

Overview

See mine buildings and mountain views.

This trail climbs to the top of Democrat Mountain, but the peak is not obvious when you get there. Republican Mountain, at 12,386 ft., is the taller mountain you can see farther ahead. Much of the higher terrain is private mining land, but little is posted and roads go everywhere. Consult MVUM to stay on legal forest roads. The highlight of this trail is Scepire Mine (a.k.a. Scepire Tunnel). Unfortunately, its on private land, too, and we can’t tell you to go there. We missed F.S. 778.2A on right at 2.8 miles. We saw it later on the MVUM and wished we had driven it. No seasonal closures.

Rating

Moderate
Trail Ratings Defined

Rocky and steep with a few tight switchbacks. High clearance stock SUVs can do it.

Stats

Length

4.6mi

Time

4hrs

High Point

11,425ft

Best Time To Go

July-Sept

Current Conditions

(303) 567-3000Arapaho N.F., Clear Creek R.D.

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