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 the timberline quickly. The views of Mt. Fletcher in the Tenmile Range draw you forward. You can’t help but be in awe. Scattered mining cabins from the early 1900s 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.
MAKE YOUR OWN HIKE
When reaching the end of the road, the adventure and exploring are all yours. You can continue hiking, curving to your right, and climbing Gold Hill. This steep climb will bring up to 12,000 feet to open tundra, with 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 Ridgetop ends.
For a relaxing easy day, wander around the cabin and mining remains, picnic, take pictures, and explore. For more adventure keep going, head up to Gold Hill. Either direction, you won’t be disappointed!
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 miles,
Hike: to Gold Hill: 4 miles out and back
Rated: easy to moderate
Hiking, snowshoeing, nordic skiing, dogs, mountain bikes, motorized vehicles
Avalanche prone areas on the upper end of the trail
Arapahoe National Forest.
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