Hike along an old mining road from forests to fields beneath the craggy slopes of the Tenmile Range.

Statistics

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Exposure

Exposure

The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.

Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extreme exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.

Medium ExposureThe trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Description

Mayflower Gulch is a valley of forests and meadows on the west side of the Tenmile Range, south of Copper Mountain.

Popular all winter for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing and in the summer for hiking and biking, the main trail is a 4WD road with several side trails.

It begins from Highway 91 and climbs into a high basin.

Most of the route stays in the northern shadows of Gold Hill, so snow sticks around well into June or even July. For about 2 miles, the road stays in the trees near the edge of a long meadow which Mayflower Creek flows through.

You’ll pass the remains of a few old mining camps and cabins, and side trails allow further exploration of the decaying structures.

The road eventually emerges from the trees, and the final mile is among grassy meadows with summer wildflowers, surrounded by steep, rocky slopes on three sides.

The road ends near the head of this valley but social trails weave throughout.

Explore all you like then return the way you came. Sources: https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7005706/mayflower-gulch-road https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/colorado/mayflower-gulch-grand-traverse