The fine folks at The Fortune Club encouraged me to take the trail past the old gold mines on Battle Hill. I had to be at the conference in Colorado Springs by 6:00, and it was already 3:30, so I didn’t have much time. I settled on a quick walk up the trail and back — although at an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet, it wasn’t that quick. There were interpretive signs scattered about that gave the history of the mines and explained how they worked, but I didn’t take the time to read them. I just enjoyed the view and the weather and the birds and animals in the area and got back to the car at 4:00, the absolute latest time I thought I could hang around and still get to where I needed to be on time.

The trail is in a very small community, even smaller than Victor, named Goldfield. At the last census, there were 49 residents.

Here, in no particular order and with very little commentary, is what I saw.

There is still an active mine on the hill, and huge trucks could be seen passing back and forth in the background.

The mine in the photo above was right next to the trail. At its foot were two small buildings. There were no “keep out” signs,” so I went inside. Much of the hoist machinery was still in place.

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