Saint Elmo Ghost Town to the Famed Alpine Tunnel

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Starting in Saint Elmo, one of Colorado’s best-preserved historic ghost towns, we climb the old railroad grade gradually away from St. Elmo and through the old mining towns of Romley and Hancock.  In Hancock we turn up the famous Alpine Tunnel railroad grade.  This rail trail was once one of the most ambitious railroad tunnel projects during the Colorado gold rush days.  The line was closed in 1910 and today we have a beautiful, high mountain ride on a wide trail surrounded by jagged peaks and expansive wilderness.  The old railroad grade ends at the caved-in entrance to the historic tunnel.  The ride back to St. Elmo is literally all downhill.

Miles: 18

Duration:  4-5 hours

Difficulty: Intermediate – the trail is not technical at all, but it is at a high altitude – 11,582 feet at the highest point.

Trail: Gradual Dirt Road and wide easy single-track.

Rates: $175 per person.  Includes: aluminium full suspension mountain bike; guide; shuttle; lunch; and water bottle. (Two person minimum. Solo riders $60 up-charge)