Vindicator Valley Trail
ElevationAscent: 336' 102 m
Descent: -336' -102 m
High: 10,218' 3,115 m
Low: 9,893' 3,015 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“A two-mile loop past abandoned mining buildings in the historic town of Independence, Colorado.”— Mikhaila Redovian
The trail begins at a small parking lot on the eastern side of the loop, just off of Highway 81. The trail begins to climb after a half mile in a steady and mildly steep grade. From there, things settle into a quick descent, followed by another long but gentle climb. As you turn to complete the loop, you'll enjoy a lengthy descent back to the trailhead. There are many signs are along the trail which tell the history of the mines and area.
After 1.4 miles, the loop steeply descends back towards the parking lot. This area is popular with with other runner and tourists, but bikes and horses are allowed. Yield appropriately.
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