Denarious Mine  
USGS 7.5' Map: Grays Peak
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 3 FR248.2I 2.42 11,640 to 12,600 ft. NA 1-2 hours
County: Clear Creek
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest,
Clear Creek Ranger District
101 Chicago Creek Road
P.O. Box 3307
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Summary: Denarious Mine road runs above timberline north of Ganley Mountain.
Attractions: Mining
Nature - Closed by heavy snows. (No access when Guanella Pass is closed)
Best Time: June - May still be snowed in
July - North slope may still have snow
August - Best
September - Best
October - Possible early snows
Trail Heads
Camping: There are no dispersed camp sites.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp to explore the 4WD roads around Waldorf and Argentine Pass.
Fall Colors: Poor - The road is above timberline. There are views of aspen on distant mountains.
Navigation: From Georgetown head east on 15th Street 233 feet. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Argentine Street and go 0.5 miles. Continue onto Brownell Street and go 0.1 miles. Turn left onto 6th Street and go 479 feet. Turn right at the 2nd cross street onto Rose Street and go 0.2 miles. Turn left onto Guanella Pass Road and go 2.5 miles. Turn right onto a gravel road to continue on Leavenworth Creek Road. Drive 6.1 miles to the ghost town of Waldorf and turn sharp left to start up McClelland Mountain road. Go 1.0 mile and continue straight for another 2.2 miles. At this switchback turn right to start the Denarious Mine road.
From a website viewer: I have riden my dirt bike on this road. I rate this road as highly moderate because it's rocky, off camber, and narrow. I would not drive my 2001 wrangler on this road because if you roll it, you're going a long way and may not survive. Just an FYI. Keith T.

Note: I have not driven this road. The following description is from Google Earth.

Starting from the hairpin turn off of the McClellan Mountain, FR248, road, you will head north along the peak of Ganley Mountaion, on your left. The road, a two track, will go 0.30 miles and come to an intersection with a short spur to the right that goes to the top of a small rise. Continue heading north, straight, to stay on the Denarious Mine road.

Just past the intersection, the road will turn to the northwest, and start down the flank of Ganley Mountain. The road will head out to a point and then make a switchback, the first of six, as it works its way down a small steep gulch. Finally the road will end at a small mine with a roofed building on the tailings.
Data updated - January 21, 2022     4WD Road driven - N/A     Copyright - 2000-2022