Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Warming hut
No
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For history buffs, cross-country skiers and snowshoers, the trek to Sally Barber Mine offers something for everyone on an easy to moderate 3-mile out-and-back trail.

From the trailhead off of the mining hotbed of French Gulch Road, begin the hike by crossing French Creek, then walking through an open valley before entering the forest and gently ascending through the shade of pine trees lining the trail. Near the intersection with Turk’s Trail, views of Breckenridge Ski Resort can be seen to the west. After 1.5 miles of climbing on the wide, gradual trail, hikers reach the top of a hill and the ruins of the Sallie Barber Mine.

The 365-foot-deep mine was established in 1880 by a group of Bald Mountain miners. It was a long-time producer of rich zinc ore and operated until 1909. Much of the original mining equipment sits on display to check out before either continuing on through the network of trails in the area or hiking or skiing down the gradual descent back to the parking lot on French Gulch Road.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Historic mine. Family friendly.

Cons

Can get crowded.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Trailhead Elevation

10,297.00 ft (3,138.53 m)

Net Elevation Gain

393.00 ft (119.79 m)

Features

Big vistas
Historically significant
Mine
Old-growth forest

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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