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Hike into History

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Join the Telluride Historical Museum for a Hike into History with Todd Brown. Marshall Basin. Meet at Museum, 7:45a.m. to carpool (4x4 recommended) to Tomboy. Hike into Marshall Basin, the seldom seen location where the richest deposits around Telluride were located. Hike along the deserted electric railway from the Tomboy mill, past the upper terminal of the Tomboy Tram and the Ophir Mine portal, and climb into Marshall Basin. Pass remnants of the Pioneer Milling Company's still-standing 10-stamp mill, the remains of the Union, Smuggler, and Sheridan mines. Depending on weather, climb as high as the Mendota mine, topping out about 12,000' before returning to the vehicles. This hike is along the old road, so it's relatively good footing and not terribly steep, but it is vigorous and high. Round trip time from Tomboy is about 4 hours, including a lunch stop. $10/ Museum/members, $15/non-members.