Hiking Ouray: Old Horsethief Trail

Last weekend, the weather in the San Juans was too good to not go out and enjoy it. Sprocket and I had never hiked the Old Horsethief trail that climbed steeply from near the hot springs pool so we headed out (and up!). Sprocket took off like a shot; he clearly hadn’t forgotten that up is the right direction to go.

Old Horsethief trail

While there was a little bit of snow on the ground it had been packed down enough to make the going easy. Just after we reached this gully, however, there was a really new looking gate constructed over the trail. I’m still not sure what the status here but I’m doing some digging since I found evidence that it was used for last year’s Ouray 100.

Ouray hiking

The views weren’t too shabby though so no one was disappointed.

Ridge to Bridge of Heaven

On the way down we explored some little tracks off the main trail that lead us to some old mine adits, as is normal in the area.

Mining history

The water flowing out of this adit reminded me of riding Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean:

Mining History

Mostly it was glorious to be outside enjoying the early spring sunshine.

Waterfalls

Didn’t Corbett Peak look pretty across the valley?

Corbett Peak