Town outside of Lake City
Carson City located at the
Wagner Gulch turn off of the Alpine Loop 14 miles from Lake City.
4 WD (rated easy) for 7 miles to Carson City ghost town that is a
well preserved group of building in close proximity including a
stable and outhouse.
We continued over the
Continental Divide to Old Carson City another ghost town with a
few partial houses and a large mine. This is located at a
crossing of the Colorado Trail. It appeared that it may be
possible to 4WD to Silverton along this section (perhaps another
trip?). The Colorado Trail Foundation supports a non-motorized
trails according to their website.
Old Carson City is rumored to
have been build on an iron ore deposit and abandoned due to
lightning strikes. The weather would have been severe for
this location. High winds year around
and ridge line location at the top of the Continental Divide plus
lack of roads would be a location of hardship.