MAYFLOWER GULCH HIKE
A Colorado favorite, Summit County Open Space
A hike you will go back to over and over, in every season. The easy access to the trailhead makes it a favorite Colorado trail for all skill levels.
This Colorado trail will leave you breathless each and every visit.
The trail begins at a high altitude leading you close to timberline quickly. The views of Mt. Fletcher in the Tenmile Range drawing you forward. You can’t help but be in awe. Scattered mining cabins from the early 1900’s Boston Mine Camp throughout makes for a spectacular setting.
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The first time you hike this Colorado trail, you’ll be hooked. This area could become an obsession as you hike ahead towards snow capped mountains under a clear deep blue sky.
As you head up the trail which is an old ore wagon road you will see Mayflower creek, wetlands, and beaver ponds in the valley to your left. This trail is shared by mountain bikers and 4-wheelers, however, I have never encountered any. Rated moderate, it felt like a gentle incline to reach the scattered cabins, mines, and ore chutes.
Always be aware of the altitude on any Colorado trail, bring water and watch the skies for the ever changing weather, especially lightning.
When reaching the end of the road, the adventure and exploring is all yours. You can continue hiking on, curving to your right and climb Gold Hill. This steep climb will bring up to 12,000 feet to an open tundra, no trees and unbelievable views.
You can venture on, staying on the ridge top heading northwest with views of the magnificent Gore Range and Saguache Range. Your turnaround point is where the Ridge top ends.
For a relaxing easy day, wander around the cabin and mining remains, picnic, take pictures, explore. For more adventure keep going, head up to Gold Hill. Either way you won’t be disappointed!
Bring your hiking boots, sunscreen, water, high-energy snacks, insect repellent, and enjoy one of Summit County’s best Colorado adventures.
The Trailhead is located approximately 6.2 miles on Hwy 91 from Copper Mountain heading towards Leadville. It is easy to miss! Watch for it on your left. You will find a good size parking area.
For more information on the Summit County area and all it has to offer: The Summit Chamber
Hike: to Boston Mine Camp, 1.8 mile, starts at 10,994 ft., ends at 11,980 ft.
Hike: to Gold Hill and across top: approx: 4 miles out and back
Rated: easy to moderate (getting up Gold Hill was a bit strenuous I thought)
Open: to hiking, snowshoeing, nordic skiing, dogs, mountain bikes, motorized vehicles
Note: Some avalanche prone areas on the upper end of the trail
Located in: Arapahoe National Forest.
You might also enjoy some of our other favorite Colorado hikes…
A trail on our “favorite” hikes list is, Waterdog Trail, a backpackers dream or a day hike you won’t forget.
And another trail on our “favorites” list, Mohawk Lakes Trail, a stunning day hike or backpack trip.