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Old Ore trail and Strawhorse trails

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Offline aggiehiker

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Old Ore trail and Strawhorse trails
« on: September 12, 2007, 10:21:40 AM »
I'll be doing the Marufo Vega trail in late Oct. I'd also like to explore the Old Ore trail/Ernst Basin trail/Strawhorse trail to the old ore terminal (my map isn't clear as to which trail is which in this area. The map shows a small loop using the hiway to close the loop. About how long would this take? Is it a day trip?


Offline jeffblaylock

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Re: Old Ore trail and Strawhorse trails
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2007, 10:59:19 AM »
I hiked to the Ore Terminal in February one year. It's a day-hike. The terminal ruins lie in the middle of a seldom-visited basin. It is one of the loneliest-feeling places I've ever visited.

The "loop" trail is extremely faint -- I didn't see it coming or going -- and drops precipitously down a steep canyon. The main trail receives very light usage; the "loop" even less. If the thought of it being an out-and-back dishearten you, know that the views on the return trip are spectacular:

Here's the basin where the terminal is located:

And the terminal itself:

It's a great hike, but only during the cooler months.
Jeff Blaylock
Austin, Texas

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