This National Recreation Trail follows a mining trail built in the 1890's up Bear Canyon. Our destination was the Grizzly Bear Mine, perched on a steep slope about 2.5 miles in.
|The first mile of the trail switchbacks up a mountainside made up of slate and granite.|
|There were some steep drop offs...a hint of what was ahead of us.|
|That's a wall of slate dropping off below Hans...it would make a beautiful patio!|
|View into Ouray and beyond.|
|View South into the Million Dollar Hwy canyon and a Red Mountain|
|A close up of the above red mountain...where we hiked last week.|
|Leaving the slate mountain, we turned East and made our way up Bear Canyon.|
|The mountain loomed high above and far below us.|
|Looking at snow touched mountains to the West.|
|The remains of the Grizzly Bear Mine on an aspen covered slope.|
Poor access was a problem for this mine.
|It was hard to fathom how they got this heavy equipment to this remote and steep site.|
|Heading back the way we came we admired Bear Creek far below us.|
|Another view of Ouray.|
|On the return trip the sun was shining on the slate walls.|
This was a gorgeous hike, with a few steps here and there that were kind of scary where the trail was eroded...but well worth the effort!