Cinnamon Gulch  
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USGS 7.5' Map: Montezuma
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 3 FR 262 1.50 10,880 to 11,720 ft. NA 1-2 hours
County: Summit
Adopted by:      
Managed by: White River National Forest
Dillon Ranger District
680 Blue River Parkway
Silverthorne, CO 80498
970-468-5400
Summary: Cinnamon Gulch climbs up the gulch behind the Pennsylvania Mine, ending at the Silver Spoon mine.
Attractions: Scenery, Mines, History
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - November 23 to May 20
Best Time: June - Snow may still block the gulch
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snow possible
Trail Heads
Accessed:
Continental Divide Trail - Hiking
Camping: There are a few dispersed campsites along the road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp with Peru Creek FR260, Chihuahua Gulch FR263, and Warden Gulch FR265.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mainly pine forest.
Navigation: From Keystone, CO head east on US-6 E for 0.1 miles. Take the Montezuma Road exit and go 0.2 miles. Continue onto Montezuma Road for 4.4 miles. Turn left onto County Road 260 and go 3.7 miles. Turn right on the Cinnamon Gulch road behind the Pennsylvania Mine.
History: The town of Decatur was later renamed Rathbone when the Pennsylvania Mine was developed. The Pennsylvania Mine was discoved by J.M. Hall and initially developed in 1879. It produced gold, silver, lead, copper and zinc and had its biggest production year in 1893 when it shipped 7,000 tons of ore. The mine was developed on six levels, known as A, B, C, D, E and F with F being the lowest level. Adits were constructed at levels C and F. In the winter of 1898-1899 the heavy snows created avalanche conditions. Rathbone sat in a valley below Greys Peak, so when the spring thaw came a large avalanche wiped out the town. In the early 1900's new silver strikes created the demand for housing and the town of Rathbone was built back up again as Argentine. By 1907 the post office closed ending Argentine for good. The mine continued regular operations until 1908 and was then worked intermittently until the mid-1940s when it was abandoned. In 2006 an EPA project reclaimed and contained the heavy metals run off from the Pennsylvania.


Wolle, Muriel Sibell Stampede to Timberline Athens, Ohio: Swallow Press, 1949. Print.
Eberhart, Perry Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps Athens, Ohio: Swallow Press, 1959. Print.
Jessen, Kenneth Ghost Towns Colorado Style, Volumn 1, 1st ed. Loveland, Colorado: J.V. Publications, 1998. Print.
EPA Montezuma, CO - Region VIII Website - https://response.epa.gov/site/site_profile.aspx?site_id=8722
Summit County, Colorado Peru Creek Basin Brownfield Assessment Website - https://www.summitcountyco.gov/DocumentCenter/View/20234
Description:
The Cinnamon Gulch road leaves the Peru Creek, FR260, road right in front of the Pennsylvania Mill remains. There is a wide parking area before you cross Peru Creek. After crossing the creek a right turn will take you to a parking area below the mill. The left will continue up behind the mill.

Pennsylvania Mine

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Adam M


Pennsylvania Mine remains

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Adam M


Pennsylvania Mine steam engine

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Adam M


Pennsylvania Mine boilers

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Adam M


Pennsylvania Mine inside mill

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Adam M


Pennsylvania mine building

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Adam M


Pennsylvania Mine tram turn station

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Adam M


Pennsylvania Mine tram tower

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Adam M

Following the road that goes behind the mill you will come to another intersection. The left will go to another parking area. The right will continue up the gulch. just as you come around a curve in the road you will come to another intersection. The left will go to a parkign area above the upper tram station.

Pennsylvania Mine upper tram station

photo by:
Adam M

Taking the right will very quickly come to another intersection. The left will go past another building and end at a parking area above the mine complex. The right will continue up the gulch. From here the road gets rougher.

Road up Cinnamon Gulch

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Adam M


Lower section in the trees

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Adam M

The road will weave through the trees going through some small openings. The road will end about timberline at the tailings of the Silver Spoon Mine. From here there is a hiking trail up to the ridge west of Revenue Mountain.
Data updated - January 11, 2019    4WD Road driven - July 3, 2003    Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2019