Hike to Mayflower Gulch



4 miles

Elevation Gain

1000 ft

Route Type


Added by Michael Gerpe

Mayflower Gulch is an easy to get to or hike to (2 miles if you don't have 4. X4). Take in amazing views and explore cool old mining ruins. There are also great camping spots.

Getting to the Mayflower Gulch is pretty easy, you can either hike an easy 2 mile forest road or drive all the way to end (you need decent clearance for the drive). At the end of the hike you are greeted with a stunning view of the Old Boston mining site. During the summer, wildflowers are abundant, which makes for great photos. the trail is also popular for snowshoeing in the winter.

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Excellent Short Hike (not terrible on the knees!)

Getting to the trailhead is extremely. After driving pass Copper Mountain and up the hill towards Vail, there's a parking lot to the trailhead to the left. Lots of space! We got there around 9AM on a Thursday and there were about 3 other cars. In total the hike was about 9km (6 miles) including doing both forks, right, exploring the ridge and left, going to the base of the face. Lots of different views and mostly a gradual climb with loose rocks so just watch your footing on the way down. Per usual of Colorado! By the time we were heading out around 11 there were a far amount of hikers. Great way to start the day.

Great hike for visiting guests but popular area

My parents live in the Midwest and came to visit me in Denver so I decided to take them on a hike here. Dad loves historical places so he was in heaven taking photos of the ghost town. It's close to Denver and a good starter hike for people coming from out of state and need to get acclimated to altitude before diving into longer and more strenuous hikes. Overall it was a good hike, but the one thing I noticed was all the glass on the ground outside the cabins. I picked up two handfuls and put it in an empty ziplock to throw away later. I have no problem drinking and having a good time in nature, but use cans!! That could have been a bad day for one of the many dogs running around.

Great break from the ski resorts

This is a truly hidden gem. My family and I can here many times as a child. The creeks, ghost town, snow capped peaks. Amazing view.

Great views!

Hiked from the main parking lot up to the mining structures, then took the road that veers right at the top (south I believe), and went up and over the saddle. Not many people on that trail, and some great views!


almost 6 years ago

Hot wildflower spot

Prime spot for wildflowers in mid-July and a great location for night photography.

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