Mayflower Gulch Trail

Summit County, Colorado

Elevation Gain613ft
Trailhead Elevation10,978ft
Elevation Min/Max10971/11526ft
Elevation Start/End10978/10978ft

Mayflower Gulch Trail

Mayflower Gulch Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Summit County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 10,978 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 613 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.

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Hiking through History Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Robert Hurst
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"This quick but not-quite-easy hike to the ruins of an old mining camp called Boston rewards with a truly impressive alpine vista." Read more
Colorado Scrambles: A Guide to 50 Select Climbs in Colorado's Mountains (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
Dave Cooper
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"A circumnavigation of the peaks and ridges ringing Mayflower Gulch. This seldom-climbed rugged ridge offers some challenging routefinding. An impressive series of both “major” and “minor” towers spouting up in the final third of the traverse has inspired local climbers to dub this “Rockfountain Ridge.” The route can be climbed in either direction; however, the traverse from Unnamed 13,841 (“Atlantic Peak”) to Fletcher Mountain (13,951 feet) involves two pitches of technical climbing up to 5.7 in difficulty, with some loose blocks the size of refrigerators. If climbed in the opposite direction, these pitches can be rappelled. The route will be described from Gold Hill to “Atlantic.” Bring at least a 50 meter (165 foot) rope to rappel the technical sections as well as to raise the comfort level on the extensive (not to mention, very loose) 4th class terrain." Read more
Best Summit Hikes: Denver to Vail (Wilderness Press)
James Dziezynski
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"Mayflower Gulch is the ultimate “build your own adventure” trailhead. Eight excellent summits are waiting to be claimed by a variety of routes. Interestingly, none of them have established trails (partially due to mining claims in the area). The scrambling on these peaks is top-notch, most notably on the airy, exposed west ridge of Pacific Peak. The trio of Crystal–Pacific–Atlantic may be the very best combined hiking/scrambling route in Colorado. Besides the summit appeal, the mining history in the basin area makes for a good add-on adventure." Read more

Mayflower Gulch Trail Reviews

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AWESOME! Beautiful, gentle climb up to a beautiful mountain basin.
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Easy 4WD up to opening of meadows with abandoned mining cabins. Great views of Pacific Pk, Atlantic Pk, Fletcher Mtn and Drift Pk. Great place to park for climb of Pacific and Atlantic or just strolling around the numerous abandoned mines and cabins in the area. The hearty can continue driving 1 mile up to the beginning of the west ridge of Drift.
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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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Trail Information

Summit County
Nearby City
White River National Forest, Dillon Ranger District, 680 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne, CO 80498; (970) 468-5400;
Local Contacts
Mayflower Gulch map, Dillon Ranger District
Local Maps

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Dec 2018