Mayflower Gulch

Salida

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

Hiking Moderate

Distance
8 km
Ascent
353 m
Descent
353 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
3.3 km
High Point
3.7 km
Gradient
Mayflower Gulch Map

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.

Description

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

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

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

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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