Round-Trip Length: 7.2 miles
Start-End Elevation: 10,302’ – 11,022’
Elevation Change: +1,310’ (includes 310 extra feet each way)
Skill Level: More Difficult
Trailhead Location: From I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne / Dillon, and travel east on HWY 6 toward Keystone. Just past Keystone, turn right onto Montezuma Road (County Road #5). Follow Montezuma Road for 7 miles to the town of Montezuma. There is a parking area in the center of Montezuma for access to Sts John Road.
My son and I took a snowshoeing trek up to Hunkidori Mine last March. This is a great trek in Summit County with relatively low usage. We drove to the town of Montezuma to begin our trek.
The town of Montezuma is a former mining camp that sits at an elevation of 10,200 feet. The town is named for Montezuma, the Emperor of the Aztecs. It was founded in 1865 following the discovery of silver in the vicinity and was populated by prospectors coming over the passes from nearby Georgetown. Montezuma was incorporated in 1881 and in 1890, at the height of the Colorado Silver Boom, reached a population of nearly 1,000 and had a post office, two hotels, three stores, three saloons, two blacksmiths, one shoemaker, a sawmill, and a number of restaurants and boarding houses. It eventually had a smelter, as well, which allowed local separation of the silver and lead ores, which are typically found together in the region. Montezuma currently has a population of around 65 residents.
It was a beautiful bluebird sky day as we started up the trail around noon.
After 0.5 miles from the trailhead, we came to a fork and headed to the right and came into a big wide open area with great views.
We continued up the trail to Grizzly Gulch. A stream breaking through the snow.
From Grizzly Gulch, the last mile became steeper. Shortly before reaching the mine, we came to another intersection where there was an abandoned truck buried in the snow.
Just beyond the abandoned truck were two abandoned mining cabins.
We returned to the abandoned truck and headed up the last bit of the trail into a basin at the foot of Hunkidori Mine reaching the mine a little before 1:00pm.
The weather was so nice that we hung out at the mine for about an hour eating our lunch and taking in the views and enjoying the warmth of the sun. A self-portrait of the two of us before heading back down the trail.
A picture of me above the mine opening.
A view looking back down the valley.
We headed back down the trail a little after 2:00pm. Here Josh is approaching the abandoned truck again.
Continuing back down the trail.
We made it back down to the car around 4:00pm. Another great snowshoeing trek.