This is the first in a series of posts we'll do on some local hikes.
Posted by Dwight Eppinger on July 3, 2012
Mayflower Gulch is less than 6 miles from Copper and offers beginning hikers a fun and beautiful 2-3 hour hike.
Location: Drive roughly 6 miles south on 91 from exit 195 (Copper Mountain). The trailhead parking lot will be on the left after a deep valley.
This is a quick 4 mile round trip that offers spectacular views of the Ten Mile Range and an opportunity to explore the ruins of Colorado’s mining past.
Soon after you start up the wagon road look up and to your right, tucked back in the woods is your first sign of this area’s mining past. The path is a gently sloped wagon road and you will be accompanied by Mayflower Creek on your left. The hike in offers no shortage of things to look at, including ruined buildings, tailings from old mines and a dilapidated ore chute.
Roughly 2 miles of wagon road lead you to the ruins of 3 or 4 old buildings, one still complete with roof and flooring. There’s plenty to explore here and a great place to have a picnic. You can hike out the same way you came in or if you’re still full of energy check out this article for a way to continue this hike.
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