Mayflower Gulch

OutAndBack • 3.2 mi • 1116 ft

The spectacular back basin of Mayflower Gulch has long been a favorite destination for tele skiers. As we enter Week #12, the snow at this time of year can be rather icy, and we may be into the last weeks of good backcountry skiing for the season. However, Mayflower Gulch provides a late-season ski tour to a spectacular back basin, with exceptional scenery throughout the tour in this classic high-mountain cirque. The tour ends at some abandoned cabins on the northwestern slopes of Fletcher Mountain. But the treeless basin in back of the cabins is especially popular for tele skiing. And winter mountaineers find this a short route up to Fletcher Mountain and Atlantic Peak. Be aware that while the tour is relatively safe, the avalanche danger increases greatly once you venture beyond the cabins. At least one fatality has occurred here (in 1991). The cabins were once maintained as shelters by the Colorado Mountain Club. Others have suggested that Mayflower Gulch is an ideal place for a public-use hut due to its popularity with skiers.
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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Copper Mountain
Length: 3.2 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,116 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: More Difficult; Avalanche Danger: Moderate
Duration: 48 minutes up, 21 minutes down
Season: Mid-November to late March
Trailhead Elevation: 10,540 feet
Top Elevation: 11,560 feet
Local Contacts: Arapaho National Forest (Dillon Ranger District)
Local Maps: USGS Copper Mountain
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AWESOME! Beautiful, gentle climb up to a beautiful mountain basin.


Great easy hike into a beautiful basin. Route up is in the trees with enough open views to the spine of the 10 Mile Range to lure you on. Once to the basin the views are spectacular, wonderful backcountry skiing (check for avalance danger BEFORE you go! we saw a very recent slide). This is a popular hike so you won't be alone but if you're lucky you'll catch some experts carving up the powder above you. Close to Copper Mtn, easy drive, easy to find, and good parking. Enjoy!!

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