Mount Lincoln   Easy icon
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USGS 7.5' Map: Alma
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 3 FR 437 3.80 11,360 to 13,120 ft. Ledge Road - 1 1-2 hours
County: Park
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Pike Nat. Forest,
South Park Ranger District
320 Hwy 285, P.O. Box 219
Fairplay, CO 80440
(719)836-2031
Summary: Mount Lincoln 4WD road climbs past the site of Quartzville and up above timberline to the ridge below Mount Lincoln peak.
Attractions: Scenery, History
Seasonal
Closure
Natural - Closed by heavy snow
Best Time: June - Early, may still be snowed in above timberline. July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
Trail Heads
Accessed:
Mount Lincoln - Access from the end of the road
Mount Bross - Access from Mount Lincoln
Camping: Once past the private property there are two spots to camp just below timberline.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp to explore the hiking trails to Mount Lincoln and Mount Bross.
Fall Colors: Poor - Pine forest
Navigation: From Breckenridge CO. head south on S Main St toward W Adams Ave for 0.3 miles. Turn left onto CO-9 S/S Main St and continue to follow CO-9 S for 10.9 miles. Turn right onto County Rd 4 and go 0.6 miles. Take a sharp left onto Goldfinch Place and go 0.5 miles. Take a slight right onto Goldfinch Lane and go 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Nuthatch Dr and continue to follow Nuthatch Dr for 0.3 miles. Take a slight left onto County Rd 4 and go 79 feet. Take the 1st right onto Beresford Crossing and go 0.2 miles. Continue onto Roberts Road and go 1.8 miles. Turn right onto Mount Lincoln 4WD road.

From Fairplay, CO. head northwest on CO-9 N/Main Street toward 4th Street and continue to follow CO-9 N for 7.6 miles. Turn left onto County Rd 4 and go 1.8 miles. Turn left onto Alma State Wildlive Area Access and go 0.1 miles. Turn right onto River Dr and go 0.1 miles. Take the 1st left onto Roberts Road and go 1.8 miles. Turn right onto the Mount Lincoln 4WD road.
History: Quartzville is an old mining community on the east side of Mount Lincoln and Mount Bross. It was first settled in the early 1860s. By 1861 there were fifty cabins spread out around a sunken meadow below the mines high up on the mountains. Silver was the ore produced by the mines high on Mount Lincoln, but it was hard to process. It was said that the ore was sent to Wales for refining. The main mines were the Moose just below the summit of Mount Bross and the Russia. The combined output of these mines was worth over three million dollars. The ore was exhausted by the late 1870s. In 1884 the Quartzville Tunnel was started to drill under the mines to access the lodes which revitalized the area. The Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1893 caused the town and mines to finally be abandoned. Today only cabin foundations and mine tailings remain.

Jessen, Kenneth Ghost Towns Colorado Style, Volumn 2, 1st ed. Loveland, Colorado: J.V. Publications, 1999. Print.
Description:
Once across the private property you will quickly climb a few short switchbacks that will bring you close to timberline. The last section of road may be eroded from run off. At a flat spot the road will loop back to the east to two campsites. The road to the west continues around a marshy area up a switchback. This is the area where the ghost town of Quartzville once existed.

You will now be above timberline as the road continues to climb toward Mount Lincoln.


photo by:
Adam M

Look for old power poles along both sides of the road. During wet years the alpine meadows will be full of wildflowers. The road will continue to climb and become a bit more rocky. Look for marmots that live in the rock piles. At the head of the cirque you will pass a sign for the Cameron Amphetheatre which has a dispersed hike in campspot. From here the road will loop back east and become a ledge road climbing the side of a ridge.
Ledge road to the gate

photo by:
Adam M

After a half mile you will come to a locked gate that is the turn around point. Enjoy the views of South Park and the surrounding mountains.
Gate at private property

photo by:
Adam M

Views
Mnt Lincoln road is below above timberline

photo by:
Adam M

Data updated - December 26, 2014       4WD Road driven - July 22, 2014       Copyright 4X4Explore - 2000-2015