Peak(s):  Kelso Mtn  -  13,164 feet
Date Posted:  07/12/2012
Date Climbed:   07/12/2012
Author:  winmag4582001
 2,164' Below the summit  

My son and I were hiking to Grizzly Peak off of Loveland Pass on Easter Sunday when we came across an older gentleman that we stopped and talked to. He had quite the story and history of the Stevens/Grizzly Gulch areas and had summited Torreys Peak 50 times. He told us about an old rail road tunnel that went 3/4 of a mile under Kelso Mtn. My son was instantly fascinated about finding the old tunnel. Today we took off to Stevens Gulch to try and locate the tunnel. I left my boys at the bottom and proceeded to climb up and down, back and fourth, all over the side of Kelso. Bored as boys easily get, they walked around and found the entrance!

**NOTE** Going into any old tunnels or shafts can be deadly. I chose to go in here because of the type and purpose of this tunnel. The engineering decisions that go into a tunnel vs. a mine shaft are quite different. Enter at your own risk.

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 Comments or Questions

Really cool!
07/13/2012 03:05
I have never thought of going into caves or tunnels, but that is awesome!!! This is pretty neat, and I may need to try and find it someday.


I herby nominate this...
07/13/2012 03:56
For TR of the year. Awesome! My grandfather used to own a whole bunch of mining claims around Crested Butte. I remember one we tried to locate up by Copper Lake, at over 13K. I about 9 or 10 and was fascinated by tunnels. My grandfather, an old hard rock miner, would never let us go in, but I loved the search. What a great day with your kid!


07/13/2012 05:07
That is a very cool find. I bet you both were thrilled


07/13/2012 15:11
The last time I was up there, I stopped to look in the old mining building on Stevens Gulch rd. Someone posted a history of the tunnel and why it was built, the paper seemed to indicate the owner pulled off a huge scam. I wondered the same thing. Why would anyone build a railroad tunnel that high up, it would be impossible for a train to get up that grade. What is the elevation of the tunnel entrance, it looks to be above treeline from your picture? I've seen some of the Baker Group tunnels high on the SE slopes, but never this tunnel. Be Careful out there!


07/14/2012 13:33
I heard the same thing about the scam, and by the looks of the tunnel, the last 200yds, it looks as though they lost thier lead blaster and surveyor twards the end. LOL I thought it was at treeline also, thats why I was going up and down trying to locate it while my boys waited at the bottom with two-way radios... its at the bottom, the kids found it while waiting for me.

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