Butler Gulch

Empire, Colorado 80438

Butler Gulch

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"This trailhead is also the access point for the Jones Pass road/trail near Henderson Mine.
Butler Gulch is vehicle-free, making it a more attractive option. You can combine a climb of Butler Gulch with a descent down the Jones Pass road (or vice versa) to see a stunning panorama from the top of the ridgeline. Thick wildflowers will be your magic carpet after you climb above treeline."

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Ania Savage
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"Butler Gulch offers a delightful hike, although starting out you may have your doubts because of the molybdenum mine. The hike’s positive attributes include easy access to water, a long stretch of soft spongy trail, shade, and an interesting glimpse of Colorado’s mining history." Read more

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7/21/2018
¡Es tan hermoso! The wildflowers here are wonderful. You can still see snow too. The waterfalls are beautiful and the views on this trail are perfect. It's rated as difficult but I wouldn't call it hard but not easy either. This is one I can do over and over!
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7/19/2014
We really liked this hike. You do go through a lot of forest to start out with, go over a couple of streams, (can be tricky to cross due to heavy runoff) see some pretty waterfalls and end up over tree line at an old abandoned mine. Wild flowers are amazing in the summer. We plan to go back and do this trail in the winter with snowshoes.
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7/10/2010
Awesome! Awesome! did this with a great group of guys. Will fly back out and take the family.
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1/20/2010
Ok trail, not many people travel it, but you are in the trees the whole time. If you like that type of hike go for it!!
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10/23/2009
We loved this trail(my dogs and my self). There was about 3 inches of snow at the bottom and a foot at the top. It is a bit of a climb at this altitude. It is nice and wide and had could also be used for snow shoeing. The parking area is a bit tough to find as it is nothing more than a wide place in the road next to the mine. If you have a GPS the trail is actually listed as a road.
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8/29/2009
Great views, nice trail, several streams to cross... our dogs loved the hike.
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Trail Information

Empire
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
5
Distance
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
10,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
Skiing
Additional Use
Clear Creek Ranger District, Arapaho National Fores
Local Contacts
Latitude 40° Summit County Trails
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018