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Mayflower Gulch Grand Traverse

MODERATE 487 reviews

Mayflower Gulch Grand Traverse is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Frisco, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,463 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

skiing

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Note: As of July 2019, trail is accessible to hikers but not vehicles. Please check with the park page for more information.

We arrived at 10:30am on a Thursday to a mostly empty parking lot. We saw a dozen hikers over 5.5 hours. The Gulch is incredible. I would have liked to summit. The most difficult part is the elevation as I am from a coast. I loved the day but was not in love with the trail. It did not leave much mystery. Once through the woods (1 mile) the next four miles are all visible pretty much the entire time. I would recommend it for families so long as the kids have adjusted to altitude. Plus, there are some American Mining Ruins along the way.

hiking
25 days ago

Loved this hike! We started at 9am on a Friday and the parking lot was pretty bare, but coming back a couple hours later the lot was packed. Pretty cool mining ruins if you take the left fork, right fork leads to some awesome views of the gulch. Watch for remaining medal pieces on the trail near and in the cabins. I'm guessing the wind blows it around. Don't forget if you pack it in, pack it out please!

hiking
1 month ago

My very favorite hike in the area. First twenty minutes thru lodgepole but after that my oh my... Spectacular views. Incredibly dramatic. Once you get to the gate you can hike further - to the left a lesser incline but with gorgeous views all around. Rocks that you can sit and have a picnic lunch and to the right of gate a more strenuous hike but when you get to the top you are rewarded with more spectacular views. A previous note read “a short hike”. Either they posted on wrong hike or are used to 20 mi hikes. Perhaps they went just to the gate. This is no short hike. Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Super easy trail. Great parking! The old cabins/townsite is so cool. Won’t last many more of these huge winters! The hike to the mines is fun as well. Did it with our 4 yr old twins and no issues! One of the prettiest places in CO!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail head is easy to find. Road to drive closer to top is easy and most SUVs would be fine. The high Alpine meadow was amazing. Beware of the old cabins- they are used as latrines. Don’t go inside.

hiking
1 month ago

My wife, dog, and I hiked up this trail yesterday. We expected to find a trail head through trees, but ended up walking up the road about an hour to the cabins, artifacts mining community It is a nice steady elevation gain, and beautiful up top. Heavily trafficked as advertised but we really enjoyed this trail. One guy, however was unhappy our dog was not on a leash.

hiking
1 month ago

Later in the season, but lots of flowers still blooming. Beautiful sunny day. Great for hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

I had a perfect day out on this trail two days ago - perfect temperatures and beautiful views! Trail was definitely moderate, pretty good incline at the start. Seeing all the old mining structures was really neat.

hiking
1 month ago

Relatively easy hike to open field of flowers & tundra. 3 old cabins & other partial buildings. Beautiful hike, about 2 miles & 600 ft.

hiking
1 month ago

If you go up the road / trail to the right of the old mining buildings, there are some short switchbacks on the right hand side that are deeeefinitely worth hiking up!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Fun seeing the old mining village and the the most magnificent views at the top if you continue up the trail to the right!

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail with great views at the end. Still some patches of wild flower present in early September which was a nice surprise. Trail is a low maintenance road that does allow vehicles (we saw 2 jeeps on our way up) so be aware you may see a vehicle or 2. The remnants of a mining community 3/4 of the way up are worth the trip. Keep going right up the trail fork at the cabins and you will be rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views. Rated at moderate as it should be.

Nice short hike. Pretty views at top and interesting mining ruins. Still had some wildflowers hanging in. Nice quick mountain fix.

Consistent gradual incline; nice views and mining relics. Would be great I’m wildflower season

1 month ago

Awesome hike!! Easy hike up to the old mining town. The hike on up to the top is harder but not bad at all. The wildflowers are still incredible and the views are spectacular. One of the best short hikes in Summit County!

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

First of all, this isn't a loop trail. It's an out and back with two spur trails, one of which can connect on the alpine tundra...so more of a lollipop trail. Secondly, the road is still open to street legal vehicles (see uploaded photo of sign). But this is one of the most loveliest hikes I've been on and it's not too difficult - a lot of bang for the buck. Still many wildflowers left. Many places to explore after gaining the ridge to the right (west?) as well as by the mining remnants below.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 8/31: such a beautiful hike! SO many wildflowers and a beautiful 360 view! Highly recommend! Very moderate hike, not too hard but yet not super easy. Trail is pretty rocky the whole way so hiking boots are definitely necessary.

hiking
1 month ago

Mayflower Gulch is one of my absolute favorites to go again and again! Gorgeous Gulch filled with wildflowers and surrounded by incredible peaks.

hiking
1 month ago

Great first day hike. Got up to the snow! Gorgeous wildflowers and streams. Second time to hike this trail. Will be back!

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

great hike with the kids and the dog. not too crowded and lots of shade walking up. The ghost town was a huge hit with the kids and a great point to stop and have a picnic lunch. big spray in the summer is highly encouraged.

Fantastic hike!!! About half way up is a couple of abandoned mining buildings. Keep going and at the end are fantastic views of the mountains and 3 old abandoned cabins and lots of wildflowers right now. 3.5 miles up and back from parking to the cabins.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

This is a relatively easy hike with a gentle(ish) incline the whole way. Once you reach the valley with the building ruins the wildflowers are as pretty as the view! I didn’t see the point of going past the buildings since there’s not much going on past this point unless you want to climb the 12,000 ft. Peak behind (honestly not sure if there’s an established route or not)... Overall, easy hike with stunning views!

I enjoyed the entire hike, even the road some people complain about - not one car passed us, so it wasn’t dusty, just a little wide. The end of the road is where the trail splits. To the right is a lively steep trail with some snow still and lots of Columbine flowers mixed in with thousands of other wildflowers. Very windy at the top today but beautiful views of lakes and far IFF mountains. To the left is a nice stream with the amazing cabin views, tons of wildflowers, nice hike up to some small cabins, but it was a bit windy for my friend so we only went up a small portion today. Great dog hike, can get away with regular gym shoes I guess, but we were happy in our waterproof hiking boots!

hiking
1 month ago

The old mining town is 100% worth the walk. Excited to go back and explore more of the open space.

Hiked today. Terrific hike. As described. Long steady incline. Some steepness. Wonderful view top. Did the fork with higher incline. Definitely worth it. Grade moderate appropriate.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike. Especially for photos. Flowers looking good right now. We have done this hike before and will likely do it again next year.

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