Summit County Bike Trails: Mayflower Gulch
June 21, 2014
A well-maintained dirt road accesses a beautiful mountain cirque dotted with cabins, mining relics and fields of wildflowers.
Know Before You Go: Respect all private property at the beginning and end of this ride. Most historic buildings are private and fragile; please view them from a distance. Some of this ride is above timberline; be prepared for rapidly changing weather.
Parking: Drive west on I-70, taking exit 195 for Copper Mountain. Drive toward Leadville on Hwy 91 for 5.8 miles. Park on the left in a large parking area.
Description: Follow the dirt road that starts at the end of the parking lot. Take the right fork at a junction and begin a steady climb along the right side of the gulch. At about 2.3 miles, near timberline, the road passes a fork on the right (it climbs steeply to a ridge and dead-ends). Continue straight, pass through a gate and ride past the remaining cabins of the historic Boston townsite. The road climbs toward a spectacular natural amphitheater, veers left and reaches another gate marking private property. Turn around here and return as you came.