Butler Gulch Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, CO 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.
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!
Caught sunrise and then decided to climb up to the top of the summit and walk the great divide trail.
Dogs did great and the views were to notch. Highly recommend.
great views. shaded.
This hike is amazingly beautiful! A must do!
Hiked to the old mine. A little over three hours round trip with a half hour for lunch and pix at the mine and along the way. The flowers were fantastic and we enjoyed being able to walk side by side on the wide trail.
I love this trail! Full of flowers, beautiful views, and a old mine. Make sure to take the dirt road to the right of the mine gate, we missed it the first time we were looking for it and ended up driving around for 30 minutes in three wrong direction. Strenuous up hill, but with it!
Great hike for the pup, a lot of shade and a few water crossings. 7/31 great wildflower views and not very muddy. Pretty waterfall view about halfway.
7/31 Sunday 10:00am took about 1.5 relaxed hours to reach the mine. Excellent and beautiful hike with many flowers and old mining equipment. Went all the way to the back of the valley. As expected, many folks, yet all were respectful and polite. Many water crossings (easy to navigate); great for the dog to get refreshed. Did not climb to the top of any of the saddles due to potential weather change; I'll be back to do that for sighting mountain sheep.
Just hiked this today. The wild flowers are BEAUTIFUL! My gps tracked this as closer to 6 miles, took about 2 hours up and about an hour down. Lots of creek crossing but you can step on rocks and logs to avoid getting your shoes soaked. Definitely need bug spray, but still a perfect way to spend the morning!
great hike. definitely steep climbs and stream crossings (although we discovered if you take the alternate trails (well worn but not original) that the crossings were easier. The wildflowers were in peak bloom with large open fields at the top and the most columbine I've seen anywhere throughout the climb. A note: our GPS showed us at about 6.5 miles RT, not 4.8.