Richmond Trail

Rating: 
Round Trip Distance: 6-7.4 miles
Difficulty: Strenuous
Elevation: 9,951 - 12,678 feet
Cellphone: 0-2 bars
Time: 5 hrs.
Trailhead: Richmond
Fee: none
Attractions: Incredible views




The Richmond trail is located in the Ironton Park area of the Uncompahgre National Forest south of Ouray, Colorado. The trail begins off of Highway 550, the Million Dollar Highway, in Ironton Park where it climbs the steep slopes below Hayden Mountain to where it crosses the ridgeline at Richmond Pass. From there it descends into Richmond Basin where it comes to an end at the Richmond Basin Road. Enroute it is connected to by the Full Moon trail. Scenic views of the surrounding valleys and high mountain peaks abound from the trails elevated positions. The Red Mountains dominate the views to the east while the far off peaks of Uncompahgre Peak (14,308 ft.) and Wetterhorn Peak (14,016) can also be glimpsed. Looking west from Richmond Pass includes views of Telluride Peak, Chicago Peak and Mt. Sneffels (14,157 ft.)