Hike to Skagway powerhouse - Summer 2003 CD 342, Locke 25,

By Mike Spadafora; posted June 20, 2004

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The following set of photographs were taken on a hike from The Skagway lake to the abandoned Skagway Powerhouse near the town of Victor, Colorado . The hike is through a very photogenic and rugged canyon along Beaver Creek which is just northwest of Pueblo, Colorado . The Skagway plant was completed in 1899 and operated till 1965 when a flood damaged the water line to the plant. The plant served the Cripple Creak and Victor mining districts. The plant provided 33 cycle power for operation of large synchronous motors in the mines. .A second transmission line was built to Pueblo, Co in 1904 to bring excess power from Skagway to operate there street railway system. The 1904 line is famously known as "the Locke 25 line" in insulator collector circles being the ONLY line in the world that used the huge all glass CD 342 locke insulators. This is NOT a hike to attempt unless you are a very experienced back packer acclimated to higher altitudes!!! The weather conditions change rapidly and the terrain is pretty extreme ! Afternoon thunderstorms frequent the front range of the Colorado Rockies in the summer ....bringing potential hypothermia if you are not prepared! Also, the trail is basically non existent and not maintained .I have made six hikes to the power plant myself . On this hike Paul Greaves, and his brother met Kim Kelsey and I for this adventure... the most brutal back country line hike our hobby has to offer .. The the Skagway Powerhouse was the start of the famous Locke 25 line. +++There is NO ...I repeat NO!... access to the powerhouse site from above the powerhouse+++. A large trestle on the pen stock line that also supported the cable railroad down to the plant collapsed in the 1970's leaving a sheer cliff several hundred feet high where the bridge was [id=186496351]. If you want to visit the plant today you have to hike in or hire a helicopter! Click the "next "button above to see all the series of 30 photos of this hike and tour the powerhouse as it existed in 2003