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Old Horsethief Trail to "Bridge of Heaven"

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The staircase out of 'Hell' leads to a pretty breath-taking view of 'Heaven'


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10.3

Miles

16.6

KM

60%

Runnable

12,241' 3,731 m

High

7,669' 2,337 m

Low

4,691' 1,430 m

Up

4,707' 1,435 m

Down

17%

Avg Grade (10°)

54%

Max Grade (29°)
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Need to Know

Easily accessible and right off of Ouray's main road- no 4x4 vehicle needed! Trailhead parking is limited, but it would be easy to park at the Hot Springs parking lot right across the street!

Runner Notes

Some uneven sheet rock in the first mile

Description

This very steep and rocky trail ascends intense switchbacks for 2.8mi until it converges with New Horsethief trail for the final 2.3mi push to the top. High foliage and slippery footing means tall socks (or longer pants) and some hiking poles recommended.

Flora & Fauna

Tons of wildflowers in the summertime!

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Summer Wilcox

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  4.0 from 1 vote

#14

in Ouray

#20449

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#14

in Ouray

#1,589

in Colorado

#20,449

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View from the top
Jul 11, 2021 near Ouray, CO
Enjoy phenomenal views at the Bridge of Heaven.
May 12, 2017 near Ouray, CO

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