Summit County Bike Trails: Sallie Barber Mine
June 26, 2015
The French Gulch area provides a number of ride options. This week we're looking at a scenic loop that explores some of Summit County's historic sites, including the 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.
From Main Street, turn east onto Wellington Road and climb out of town toward French Gulch. Stay straight through several 4-way intersections. When the road reaches a 3-way intersection, stay straight/right and continue uphill until the road turns to dirt. This is French Gulch 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 Sallie Barber 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. Bear right (downhill) on the singletrack Barney Ford Trail, then take another right 100 yards after a downhill follow signs 1.5 miles down this fun singletrack. Cross paved CR 503, and follow signs for Moonstone Trail, then takeCarter Park Trail back to Carter Park in town.
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From I-70, follow Hwy 9 south to Breckenridge. Stay right at the traffic circle 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, adjacent to the gondola.