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    Gilpin Tramway Trail

    Difficulty
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    Moderate
    Duration
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    2.5-3.5h
    Distance
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    9.5 km
    Elevation
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    319 m
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    The Gilpin Tramway Trail is a hike that will please outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Climb up the historical tramway path to the summit of Maryland Mountain. This path is a crowd favorite - hike it or bike it, this scenic and well-maintained adventure is sure to impress.

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    Route Description for Gilpin Tramway Trail

    Immerse yourself in nature and travel back in time as you ascend the Gilpin Tramway Trail. The Gilpin Trailway operated from 1887 to 1917 to transport gold to and from remote regions. Now, a hiking trail has replaced the narrow trailway that outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy. Note there are steep segments of the trail and tightly wound switchbacks to the summit.

    Begin your historical adventure up the Gilpin Tramway Trail from the parking lot. Note you will have to cross over Black Hawk Boulevard to access the trailhead. From the trailhead, track south along the Historic Gilpin Tramway Trail. Hike along the path, passing remnants from an old mine. This loop can be completed from either direction, but we prefer trekking clockwise. At the junction, keep left on the Historic Gilpin Tramway Trail. Maintain along this trail and keep left at the intersection with Paymaster Trail. At the next fork in the road, turn right onto Quartz Valley Trail.

    At the next junction, veer right onto Paymaster Trail and navigate the switchbacks. Climb the route until you meet the next junction. Stay left on Claim Jumper Trail and navigate the steep set of switchbacks up to the summit of Maryland Mountain. Revel in the expansive views of the surrounding wilderness before tracking down the Summit Trail. Hike down the path and when you meet the intersection with the Historic Gilpin Tramway Trail, retrace your steps and head northeast back to the parking lot.

    Getting to the Gilpin Tramway Trail Trailhead

    Find the Gilpin Tramway Trailhead off Black Hawk Boulevard.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      April-October

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      High

    • Route Type

      Lollipop

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