Trail Run Project Logo

Placer Creek Trail (Forest Road 356A)

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.5 mile 2.4 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 14' 4 m
Descent: -385' -117 m
High: 9,776' 2,980 m
Low: 9,405' 2,867 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)

Dogs

Unknown
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by J. Bella

Weather

Current trail conditions

Update Conditions
Unknown See History

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

An old mining road descending a deep cut, scenic canyon.

J. Bella

Features -none-

Need to Know

The day use fee at Hopewell Lake is $5 per vehicle and the campground has various sites for $16 per night. Free parking and dispersed campsites can be found along Burned Mountain Trail (Forest Road 91B). There's a lot of potential in this area to link up various backpacking routes or day runs and get some serious mileage. The Tour Divide comes through here during June.

Description

This is a rocky and in places steep road dropping into Placer Creek from Hopewell Lake, connecting to Forest Road 91B1 at the bottom. From the parking lot at the lake, run up the first switchback to the gate where the trail begins.

The energy buzzes with history as you pass some old Forest Service signs and equipment left from the late 1800s when the area was a booming mining district. Run along the rolling hills above a vast, green meadow to where the trail enters the forest, through some privately held old mines and a mill worth a glance, then a steepening descent towards Placer Creek where remnants of the mining operations are slowly being taken back by nature.

If you're into geology, this is a fascinating area to see as ancient volcanic outcrops line the canyon, interspersed among meadows and slopes covered with aspen and mixed conifer forest. After about a mile, you'll reach the valley floor, cross the stream, and cruise through some open meadows and wetlands to a junction with Forest Road 91B1.

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Photos, Dogs Allowed, Features, Flora & Fauna, Runner Notes

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 1 vote

#24180

Overall
  3.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
0%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
100%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#400

in New Mexico

#24,180

Overall
6 Views Last Month
40 Since Jul 24, 2018
Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
0%
100%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running