Location: Breckenridge, CO
Distance from Denver: 109 miles (~2 hours) ♡ ♡
Hike: ~5-6mi ♡ ♡
Difficulty: Easy ♡ ♡ ♡
Parking Situation: Large, open lot ♡ ♡ ♡
Parking Fee: N/A
Happy Tuesday, you guys! How was your weekend? It was super hot here in Denver (hitting well into the mid-90s) that we were so ecstatic to head up towards Breckenridge and into Mayflower Gulch, where the temperature was at least 30 degrees cooler.
But first, let me take a selfie ;) JK But I would like to show off the most electric pink tank, especially on tan skin ♡ (If you're here for the trail report, skip the next two pictures). I loved how comfortable and breathable the fabric was, and the extra wide arm openings was great to cool off when the breeze hit. I paired it with a light grey sports bra & black capri (although grey would work well for a hike too). I can't emphasize how pretty the pink color is (more of a pinky coral) and it just POPS against tan skin and the grey background.
The trail starts off the side of I-70, which is pretty empty once summer hits. No skiers or snowboarders here waiting in a long line of cars to get to the slopes. Rather, we were met with a large and open lot, and could hardly hear the highway only steps away. We got to the trailhead around noon and were quite surprised that there were only a handful of cars there.
The trail starts out with expansive views and we even saw an artist set up his easel along the side to paint this beauty. The first quarter of a mile is an incline upwards (gradual, but you do feel it) but flattens out for the remainder of the hike. The trail was moderately trafficked, and we ran into a good number of people (this surprised us relative to the number of cars in the parking lot). But, no matter! You are in the woods for the remainder of the hike which felt so cool compared to the heat we were trying to escape.
As you can see, there is still a bit of snow left on the trail, which Brandon used to start a snowball fight (sound familiar?). This does mean puddles along the trail (like the picture above) which you must walk through so make sure you are not wearing sneakers you don't want to get dirty. Technically, you are able to drive up to the gulch, but park rangers closed the road during the spring runoff. Honestly even if the road were open, we would still hike from the parking lot! About halfway to the main gulch, there is a little area that opens up and offers a glimpse of the expansive views still to come. This looks to be a campsite, so if you have little ones (or you're like us), you can stop and sit on the rocks to eat snacks.
Soon after this point, you get to the gulch (again past the first part, it is a relatively flat trail) and your first glimpse are of these abandoned houses in the area. You guys, do you know what this means? That people actually BUSHWHACKED here hundreds of years ago and built houses from scratch! The buildings still stand and lots of people explore the structures. We did the same, and have to say: be careful of splinters!
Most people stop in this little "town", and we can't say we blame them! I mean, look at this view friends. Textbook definition of low risk (easy hike) with high reward.
But we went further. Technically, the trail goes all the way past this cluster of houses and towards the mountains where the trail zig zags. At this point, we will note that it is smart to bring a wind breaker - the wind kicked up and we were pretty chilly for a bit!
But as you can see, the trail up the mountains was still iced over so we found a boulder at the base to eat our lunch. We brought veggie burgers (wrapped in foil) and apples with peanut butter - YUMMMM! The trail back to the car is just as picturesque and peaceful. We hope this is one hike you also get to experience! ♡
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