Sally Barber Road

Salida

A straightforward out-and-back ski route on a wide road grade.

Cross Country Skiing Easy

Distance
8.5 km
Ascent
253 m
Descent
253 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3.1 km
High Point
3.3 km
Gradient
13˚
Sally Barber Road Map

The Sally Barber Road is off limits to motor vehicle traffic in the winter, making it one of the most popular venues for human powered winter recreation in Breckenridge. From snowshoeing to nordic skiing to fat biking, everybody can enjoy Sally Barber Road.

Description

The route is very straightforward. The road climbs moderately to a summit at Sally Barber Mine, and then descends down the opposite side. Most people will choose to travel this road as an out-and-back route, so if you don’t want to climb back up the hill, it’s best to turn around at the mine at the top.

The views from the mine are simply stunning! If you want to stop, take a few photos, and eat lunch, this is the place to do it. Take some time to walk around and check out the historic mining machinery spread around the hilltop and in the woods… if it isn’t buried. There are very few places in Colorado like Sally Barber where you can take in so many historical artifacts.

The popularity of the road helps keep it packed down and easy to travel. You also have the peace of mind that somebody else will come along if you happen to experience issues while out in the mountains. However, this popularity can be a double-edged sword: if you’re looking for solitude, you’d best look elsewhere.

Difficulty

Easy

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, December

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