Bucyrus Dredge Loop

Horseshoe Gulch, Hay Trail, Red Trail + Colorado Trail

Central Front Range, Colorado

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Bucyrus Dredge Loop


  • Bucyrus Dredge near the tailings it created, also the beginning of the trailhead.- Bucyrus Dredge Loop
  • It's not unusual to see bike riding superheroes on the trail.- Bucyrus Dredge Loop
  • Rolling mountain meadows on the Hay Trail.- Bucyrus Dredge Loop
  • Zipping down the Hay Trail toward relics from the past.- Bucyrus Dredge Loop
  • Quite a few old mining camp buildings are here, and some have been reappropriated by vegitation..- Bucyrus Dredge Loop
  • Great views of the mountain valley.- Bucyrus Dredge Loop
  • Climbing up the Red Trail after the camp.- Bucyrus Dredge Loop
  • Scenic views abound on the Ten Mile Range.- Bucyrus Dredge Loop
  • The beginning of the Colorado Trail in the golden hue of late fall.- Bucyrus Dredge Loop
  • Riding the Bucyrus Dredge Mountain Bike Loop.- Bucyrus Dredge Loop
  • Off-leash dogs that obey voice commands are allowed on some portions of the Colorado Trail. - Bucyrus Dredge Loop
  • The twisting Colorado Trail.- Bucyrus Dredge Loop
  • Young pine trees provide great cover in the lower portions of the trail.- Bucyrus Dredge Loop
  • Trails here are maintained by the Summit Fat Tire Society.- Bucyrus Dredge Loop
  • The final leg of the Colorado Trail before returning to the Bucyrus Dredge.- Bucyrus Dredge Loop
Overview + Weather
Great trail with rich mining history at every corner.
Parking can get crowded on weekends.
Central Front Range, CO
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,410.00 ft (429.77 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Trail difficulty: 
Total Distance: 
9.23 mi (14.85 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
9,394.00 ft (2,863.29 m)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


The Bucyrus Dredge Loop is a major jumping off point for several fantastic mountain bike rides in the Breckenridge area. It also happens to be a historical site, once the home of massive 500-ton dredges that operated when the creeks and gulches around Breckenridge were alive with mining activity in the late 19th century. The remains of one of these gigantic dredges can still be found trapped in the pond it created in its gold-hungry wake. 

This area ride, like the Bakers Tank Trail, is a temporal tour through the remains of mines and the scars on the landscape from years past. It begins near the actual remains of Bucyrus Dredge and winds up though the huge debris fields left by the behemoth. After picking up the Hay Trail you will be rewarded with a fast, flowing downhill to a converted mining camp in the mountain valley that is currently a summer getaway. Then you'll have a massive 3-mile climb to the Colorado Trail, where spectacular views of the Ten Mile Range await. The final few miles of the Colorado Trail are an amazing twisty trek through the lush high-altitude pine forests, a fantastic reward for all the effort. 

The Bucyrus Dredge Loop is a great primer for the Breckenridge area, and there are a wide variety of mountain bike trails to pick up from there to create any number of loops or out-and-back rides.

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