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Peaks Trail to
North Barton Gulch

Length: Approx. 6 miles roundtrip
Highlights: 
Beautiful mountain stream, stunning views of Buffalo Mt., Ten Mile Range, Mt. Guyot & Baldy
Difficulty Rating:
Easy
Elevation Gain: Approx. 400 ft.

Directions:
Head south from Frisco on Colorado route 9. 1/2 mile from the traffic light at Main St. and Route 9 turn right onto CR1004.

Make an almost immediate right at the sign that the direction to Miner's Creek Trail and the Bike Path (be careful, you share this road with cyclists). Continue on until you cross over the bike path and take the dirt road about 1-tenth mile to parking on your left. This is a 4WD road and you can walk about .2 mile to the trailhead or drive further until you see the sign that points the direction: "Miner's Creek Rd. 3 miles". You can park here. Peak's Trail is the fork that comes in on your left at this sign.

Above: Great views of Mt. Baldy and Guyot in the distance.

 

 

 Below: Peaks trail begins on your left as the road to Miner's Creek continues to the right - you'll see a sign for miner's creek road on the right (not in the photo)


 

 
Description:
This is a great hike for the entire family and is best early (June) or late (Sept.-Oct.) in the season when temperatures are cool. The trail ascends gently along a bubbling stream that affords glimpses of brook trout, beaver dams and gentle falls. At 1.5 miles you come to the intersection with the Gold Hill Trail that enters on your left (east).

The entire stroll provides great glimpses of the Ten Mile Range and Peak One. Nicely cushioned with pine needles, the trail is soft and comfortable. Keep alert for mountain bikers who sometimes approach quickly and unexpectedly.

 

 
At two miles you come to another intersection that marks the direction to Wheeler Trail and Copper Mountain off to the west.

Before reaching the N. Barton Gulch stream crossing you come to an open area that reveals beautiful views of Mt. Baldy and Guyot off in the direction of Breckenridge (southeast). You see route nine in the distance and this provides a great place for lunch or a snack.

This hike ends at the stream crossing (you'll see irrigation ditches on your right as you approach) and you turn around and retrace your steps.

Above: Peak One and the Ten Mile Range are off to your west.
Above:  Early on the trail you can take a quick look back to see Buffalo Mountain.

 

 

 
You can continue on all the way to Breckenridge if you wish to make this a more challenging adventure.

 

More photos - scroll down!

Above: Bubbling mountain stream - approach slowly for a glimpse of brook trout! Above: Gold Hill Trail Junction at 1.5 miles.
Above: Junction with Miners Creek Trail at 2.0 miles. Mt. Torreys and Grey's Peak are seen in the distance as you approach N. Barton Gulch. 

 

 



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Above: Irrigation is on your right as you approach the stream crossing at North Barton Gulch.
     

 

   

 

 
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