Winter Hikes: Colorado’s Mayflower Gulch Trail
If you’re looking for a beautiful, accessible and easy hike in Colorado, Mayflower Gulch* is waiting for you.
The trailhead is just 6 miles from Copper Mountain, and it’s short enough for a sunrise hike before you hit the slopes! There is also some areas safe for skiing, as well as some couloir routes for more experienced and prepared backcountry skiers.
This trial is great for snowshoeing and xc-skiing.
Total time: 2-3 hours round trip
Total length: 5.66 round-trip
Total elevation gain: 1,428 ft
Gear For Winter:
– Trekking Poles
– Waterproof pants/hiking boots.
The best part of this hike is the incredible view you get during most of the hike. When you arrive at the parking lot, you get a pretty constant glimpse of some of the Ten-Mile Range 13ers: Fletcher Mountain, Drift Peak, Atlantic and Pacific Peak.
As you hike towards the amphitheater, you encounter various abandoned mining structures, known as the Boston Mines. We went inside one and found a fire pit, which made me want to spend a night there sometime this summer. Could you imagine the stars?
When you are heading back to the trailhead, you get a lovely view of 14er, Jacques Peak, and the top of one of Copper’s Lifts!
This hike has officially topped my Colorado hikes list. It’s my favorite for the accessibility, perfect length, and gorgeous views!
*Official trail info from the U.S. Forestry Dept: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5186797.pdf