Summit County Bike Trails: Sallie Barber Mine
This scenic loop explores some of Summit County’s historic regions including Sallie Barber Mine, a well-preserved structure perched on a ridge above French Gulch.
Know Before You Go: Expect traffic on lower French Gulch Road, which is surrounded mainly by private land for the first few miles. Please respect all “No Trespassing” signs. Most historic buildings are private and fragile; please view them from a distance. Beautiful stands of aspen in French Gulch make this a spectacular fall ride.
Parking: From I-70, follow Hwy 9 south to Breckenridge. Turn right at the stoplight on the north edge of town onto North Park. Drive by City Market and park in one of the large lots located on the left side of Park Avenue.
Description: From Main Street, turn east at Colorado Freeride bike shop onto Wellington Road and climb out of town toward French Gulch. At the 3-way junction, turn right onto a wide road. Wind along the left side of French Gulch, passing below the enormous Wellington Mine on the left at about 2.6 miles. Ride past the remaining buildings of the Lincoln townsite at 4.1 miles. The road narrows, passing a fork to Humbug Hill on the left (this steep jeep road accesses several riding options). Just beyond this spur, take a road that forks right and drops to a stream. (See the French Gulch and Pass ride to continue up the main road.) Climb for roughly a mile to the high point and Sallie Barber Mine. Continue on the main road, which descends a steep, rough section as it heads back toward Breckenridge. The road finally levels and contours through the trees past several side roads. Connect with paved road #520 at about 7.3 miles. Turn right and descend a few feet. Turn left onto the signed Juniata Trail (which crosses private land so please stay on the described route), which takes off into the trees just before the Juniata subdivision. Follow this single track as it descends, becomes a double track and merges with a road from the right. Respect all “No Trespassing” signs. Continue downhill, cross another road and head toward the paved road. Curve left and parallel the paved road until merging with it at a 3-way intersection. Turn right, ride a short distance, then hang right again onto Road #503. Continue downhill, veering left at roads #502 and #500. Descend until merging with Royal Tiger Road. Turn right, following this road until connecting with Wellington Road. Turn left and return to your vehicle.
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