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.