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    Default Ghost towns of the San Juan

    Just wondering if anyone was familiar with the trail to the 7 level boarding house above the Old hundred mine. My wife and I visted the area a couple of summers ago on our 10th anniversary and took the train ride from Durango to Silverton.
    Wonderful area to see.
    Also would like to go back and spend more time north of Silverton, maybe rent a jeep.

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    If you go stay at the The Wyman Hotel & Inn
    Silverton, COI have stayed there and the food is GREAT.
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    Once you get to the trail to the boarding house , it's vertical...somewhere here is a post on it. I'll see if I can find it for you.. The post said they couldn't make it all the way down. I live in the area and there is lots of ghost towning here...Have fun!!!
    Krissy in CO

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    Look under Old Hundred Mine in San Juan County , Colorado Ghost Towns...There is a trail report there...
    Krissy in CO

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    I read the article earlier on the 7 level trail, but it wasn't clear (til now) what Todd was saying about sliding down to the site. Thanks Krissy. Now I know if I want to explore this site it might be handy to bring my rope. Have you visited the site or know how to get to the trail head (start)?


    Thanks,

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    Not the Sa Juans but I did add 7 Colorado Plains Ghost Towns to my Site. Got a friendly request to stop ignoring the plains.
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    Its very very crazy- the first half of the trail is not too bad because even though the drop is 500 to 1000 feet its a slope so not too big a deal. Then all of sudden about half way through the hike it turns into shear cliffs dropping a few thousand feet and the trail is just wide enough for your feet - dont slip, youll fall all the way down. Then as you get to the boardinghouse you are well above it on this trail, and there are no trails to get down to it -so you pretty much rock slide down to it - When they renovated it, they did it by helicopter which should tell you something

    There is a fantastic book out that covers just 7 level and its written by a guy named Scott who works/owns a book store in town (Silverton). Its a great book with lots of pictures - for up to the minute trail info you really would have to talk to Scott.

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    The 7 Level Boarding House sounds like quite the place to visit. That's why I like watching the posts on this site. I would probably never have known about this place if I hadn't been participating in this website. We're going to Co. soon, and will do some research before we go. Thanks for the info...........

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    Since I started ghost towning I've been wanting to visit the 7 level boarding house. Hopefully someday soon.....

    Rachel ghost_town_huntress@yahoo.com

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    If you go to Silverton see if you can find the remains of Lake Emma, It drained into the Standard mine and flooded the thing. Took 2 years to clean up and never produced the same after. Guess that is what you get for digging too close under a lake. That happenned in the recent past late 70's, I think 1978.
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