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’ll hop off our bikes for a look at the famous Alpine Tunnel railroad grade. Though the line was closed in 1910, this rail trail was once one of the most ambitious railroad tunnel projects during the Colorado gold rush days.
Back on our bikes, we’ll cruise back down to St Elmo for a historical tour of the town. We’ll take time to view and photograph the fabled Stark Mercantile store, miner’s cabins, saloons and the original 1882 schoolhouse. It’s fun to cruise around and imagine what this wild gold rush town must have been like during it’s heyday in the late 1800s.
From St. Elmo, we descend a dirt road along beautiful Chalk Creek past mining remnants, a pioneer cemetery, and one of the oldest hydroelectric plants in the area. Once we’ve had our fill we’ll head back to the van and shuttle back to town.
Miles: 20-25 miles
Duration: 3-4 hours riding with additional 45 minute shuttle each way.
Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate. While the trail is not technical, there are sections of climbing at high altitude. An E-Bike offers the perfect boost to get us where we want to go!
Trail: Graded gravel and 4WD road
Rates: $175 per person. Includes: E-bike; guide; shuttle; lunch; and water bottle. (Two person minimum. Solo riders $60 up-charge)