Mount Champion

A memorable road trip to Mount Champion

Mount Champion is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.930m (12,893ft) above the sea level, located in Lake County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.

The road to the summit is totally unpaved and impassable in winters. It’s called Champion Mine Road. It’s an old mining road. 4x4 vehicle required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Wet conditions may make for tough driving along the muddy road. Set high in the Sawatch Range, at the end of the road is and old cabin and a collapsed tunnel.

Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Be prepared for the cold and wind! High winds blow here all year long. Even in summer you can confront with snowy days. Temperatures here in the winter are brutally cold. Adverse weather conditions can prompt closure of the road. It can often be treacherous, with ice and snow accumulating even in the summer, so exercise caution as you make your way. It follows numerous remnants of Colorado's mining heritage. The road ends near Champion Mill. Established in the 1890s, it was a consistent supplier of gold and silver, as well as galena and pyrite.
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