Frisco, Colorado

Hiking into Mayflower Gulch

Originally added by Matthew Eaton

Distance: 5.6 miles roundtripElevation gain: 1,435 ftEasy to find trailheadFun, straight-forward, family friendly (or solo) hikeMust do if you enjoy the mining legacy of Colorado

You'll turn off of Highway 91 about 5.5 miles past Copper Mountain, and before you reach the Climax mine or the town of Leadville. The trailhead is clearly marked, though there are no restrooms here.

This route is available to hike in the summer, or snowshoe in the winter, just note that venturing off of the standard path includes some avalanche danger, so you'll want to be cautious of snow conditions.

As you start heading east on the old dirt road, you'll start gaining elevation almost immediately, though it is manageable. At 3/4 of a mile you pass ruins of an old mine shaft on your right. Have fun imagining what this road was like when the mines were active and the local area bustling with people. But don't get too close - the mine doesn't appear all that stable as the Colorado weather and high altitude sun are breaking down the wood supports.

Continue on the remaining 2 miles and the trail will lead you into an open basin that is absolutely breathtaking. The view to the ridge is spectacular and the mountains look are rugged as any Colorado has to offer. You can venture further and continue to climb the mountains, or you can enjoy exploring the old town site, snack on your trail lunch and relax while taking in the view.

From here, you are downhill the remaining 2.8 miles back to the car where you can head south to enjoy the town of Leadville and more mining history, or you can head back towards Copper Mountain, Summit County and other resort life.

Have fun!

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Snowshoeing
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

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A Geologists Dream!

As a geologist the mountains and the mining history make this area pretty special!

Great night photography spot

The buildings here make for great foregrounds when shooting the Milky Way or a meteor shower. This is also a popular snowshoeing location.

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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