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 Sally Barber Mine

Length: Approx. 5.6 miles roundtrip
Highlights: 
Sally Barber Mine ruins, views of Breckenridge ski area, French Gulch and beautiful pine and spruce forest
Difficulty Rating:
Beginner
Elevation Gain: approx. 500' total (to French Gulch and back)


 
Directions:

As you head south on highway 9 leaving Breckenridge, turn left at the traffic light onto Boreas Pass Rd.
Continue for 2.1 miles to Baldy Rd. and turn left. Proceed about .9 miles to Sally Barber Rd.
Turn left on Sally Barber and continue for about .1 mile to the trailhead.

 

 Below: Near the trail head - quiet pine and spruce forest.


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Description:
This is a perfect trek for winter x-country skiers or snowshoeing. It provides tranquility and isolation just minutes from the busy downtown area of Breckenridge. You begin your hike at about 10,465' and proceed through a majestic forest to the ruins of the Sally Barber Mine about 1.5 miles ahead. There are interpretive signs at the ruins that have been placed by the Summit Co. Historical Society.

This mine dates from the 1880's and produced zinc until near the end of the first decade of the twentieth century. The views of French Gulch, one of Summit Co.'s richest mining districts, are spectacular from the mine site.

Hikers who wish to proceed to the French Gulch trailhead (about 2.8 miles from the start) need to keep left to avoid side treks to other ruins that veer off from the main trail.

At the mine your elevation is about 10,695' and from there you begin a gradual descent to approx. 10,395' at the French Gulch trailhead.

Above: A view of from the Sally Barber Mine trail.

Above: Sally Barber Mine Ruins

While the trail is clear and can be traversed with 4WD in the summer, it is recommended that you purchase a "Summit, Vail & Holy Cross" trail map from Weber's book store on Main St. in Breckenridge before proceeding!
Above: Breckenridge ski slopes are seen in the distance as you descend towards French Gulch

Above:  Descending into French Gulch - huge rolling mounds of fresh powder in the background

 

 
   

 

 
Above: View of French Gulch from the Sally Barber Mine.  

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 
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