Butler Gulch Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, snowboarding, and snowshoeing and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Went 12/24 and it was beautiful! Although lots of skiers flying down hill so it's a good idea for dogs to stay on leash as much as it sucks. It was very deep packed snow but we managed with our vasque hiking boots. After this hike, we are seriously considering snow shoe purchases to cut the effort and speed everything up. It's a pretty steep incline at altitude so that with every step sinking in, I was worn out. We didn't make it all the way out of the tree line because the winds whipped up but we will definitely be back to finish it! Note: when you get to the Henderson mine gate, go right to the road for Jones Pass. That will take you further up towards the trail head and parking lots.
Easy to get to. Starts out in dense forest and then above tree line there are peaks everywhere for you to view. There isn't much of a destination at the end of this trail, but plan to go farther because there are about 3-4 peaks to choose from to continue to. All accessible by foot.
Good hike, I would rate it closer to Moderate...and I am not in great shape. But serious elevation gain at the end so beware--but worth it for the views.
Road is decent to the TH but would recommend four-wheel drive, particularly if you go up to Jones' Pass.
We started on the Jones Pass side and hikes about 2 hrs to the summit before you drop down towards the I70 side. Late September so it was a cold and a little snow. Good moderate hike.
Beautiful! You cross little streams and pass a tall but small waterfall. View from the top is gorgeous.
Nice hike, not terribly crowded. Shaded for the first half up, above the tree line for the rest. Great views as you near the top. Still some wildflowers on Labor Day--I can only imagine what it must have looked like a month ago.
Moderately strenuous hike , the views interesting and the wildflowers are everywhere. FYI the Jean mine was a lead and zinc mine, we would have been a bit more careful about hiking above it had we known.
An amazing hike! I'm not quite sure it's the 4.8 miles claimed. Seemed a little longer. Steep hike for the most part, but so worth it!!
Beautiful wildflowers along with a beautiful little cascading waterfall. To the trailhead: when you see the active mine take the dirt road to the right & continue up it until you see the Butler Gulch sign on your left (drive up into the trees a bit)
Great view at the top
There is a lovely waterfall/creek view about halfway up, off to the right of the trail.
Great views with a lot of shade til you hit the tree line- very, very buggy today though, remember mosquito repellent!