Drop what you're doing and head up to Grand Junction's Mica Mine right now! The hike is excellent, the conditions are perfect, and you owe it to yourself to take this walk.

If you're at work and your boss says you can't go, tell them to shut up. This is more important. The time is right for a hike to this Western Colorado landmark.

Okay, so the Mica Mine isn't going anywhere. You could hike it this weekend. As true as that may be, here are a few reasons why you should hike this trail RIGHT NOW!

  • The conditions are perfect - not too hot, not too cold.
  • The trail is receiving use, but it's not crowded.
  • There's enough daylight this time of year you can make the hike after work (assuming you get off work at a reasonable hour.)
  • Access to the trail is easy - you don't have to worry about taking Little Park's big hill in the snow.
  • Get a jump start on the hiking season with this user-friendly trail.
  • Access to the trail is free - you don't need a Colorado park permit.
  • There is ample parking at the trailhead.
  • The hike is well marked, and the mine is easily found.
  • To make the hike, you're looking at an hour in, an hour out, and whatever time you want to spend at the mine. You can do this hike after work... no need to set aside an entire day.

The hike to the mine is relatively easy. With the exception of a few ledges at the trailhead, the hike pretty much consists of walking a well-marked trail. You do have step over a small stream on a couple of occasions, but this is of little concern. Worst case scenario, you get a little mud on the bottom of your shoe.

Along the way, you'll encounter fascinating remnants from the days when the mine was still in operation. There are plenty of photo ops, places to rest, and tons of things for kids to climb on. Almost any age can make the hike.

To reach the trail head for the mica mine, just head up Little Park Road as if you are heading to Glade Park. The parking area is clearly marked.

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The hike to the mica mine can get hot, as in really hot, during the summer months. You can hike it in the winter, but the trail is in the shade almost 24/7 in the winter months, so it can get slippery.

NOW is the time. Make the hike to the mica mines while the conditions are perfect. Set aside a little time, call up your friends, and make a point to enjoy this easy Western Colorado hike.

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