“Delicious singletrack in a lush, forested creek drainage.”
— Evan Chute
The beginning of this trail is marked by an old, worn-out USFS sign here that most likely is warning you of the impending wilderness boundary. Stay high and right on top of the flattish ridge, rolling through the tundra. As you come over the nose of the ridge, the Miner's Creek trail will become clearer. For the first couple of miles, Miner's Creek can be difficult to follow as it doesn't see much traffic. Be on the lookout for the trail junction with FDT#787 (La Garita Stock Driveway) is in the southeast end of the open meadow about 2.4 miles from the start of Miner's Creek. You'll want to stay on Miner's Creek, which is a right turn that crosses the creek. This junction is signed.
Miner's Creek is a moderately technical, root-strewn, loam fest descending from an elevation of 12,300 to 9,100 feet elevation over approximately 10 miles through dense pine forest, aspen stands, and open meadows. The scenery is absolutely stunning, and looking back up valley near the top you can see excellent views of white chalk-like cliffs at the head of Miners Creek. Stay on your game, though! A myriad of small to medium technical challenges and multiple stream crossings will keep you on your toes for the entirety of the ride.