Winter Sparkles at Mayflower Gulch is just the best backcountry getaway in every season. Easy to get to and doable for just about anyone. Do this trail once, and you’ll be back!
We kickstart the winter season at Mayflower Gulch every year!
Trail Stats and Map Located at the Bottom
After checking avalanche warnings and snow levels, we took off to the historic Boston Mine Camp — our destination. After reading about snow levels, we knew beyond the Mine Camp would require tremendous effort, even in snowshoes.
Hiking up a slight uphill trek through a snow-covered winter wonderland is enchanting. A reason we come back every year!
You will see Snowshoe Rabbit tracks in the snow everywhere. Last winter, I had the pleasure of spotting a Snowshoe Rabbit hop quickly across the trail and head up the slope into the trees and deep snow. It brought a smile to my face.
The weather is chilly and cloudy and refreshing. Snow mounds on pine limbs and rocks and alongside us are incredible.
Coming out of the snow-filled forest, the view that opens up ahead is staggering. The Ten Mile Range and Mt. Fletcher are showing off their snow-capped peaks. Gorgeous!
Check the forecast for the area you plan to hike. If it looks bad, don’t go! However, if it looks nice, ALWAYS check for avalanche warnings. They can happen in nice weather, too.
In Colorado: >>> Colorado Avalanche Information Center
You can’t help but be in awe. It’s gorgeous— scattered mining cabins from the early 1900s Boston Mine Camp make for a spectacular setting beneath the snowy peaks.
I write about Mayflower Gulch often. It is one of our favorite trails in all seasons. It’s not a challenging or long hike but always rewarding for even avid hikers like us!
Read and see photos on our summer trek > Mayflower Gulch in Summer.
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Hike: to Boston Mine Camp, 1.8 miles, starts at 10,994 ft., ends at 11,980 ft.
Rated: easy to moderate
Large Parking area
Open to hiking, snowshoeing, nordic skiing, dogs, mountain bikes
Note: Some avalanche-prone areas on the upper end of the trail
Arapaho National Forest
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