The Sallie Barber Mine Trail is one of the many historic mining roads that zigzag from the town of Breckenridge up toward Bald Mountain. The mine site sits on a ridge overlooking French Gulch and the town of Breckenridge. The old Sally Barber Mill was last used in 1909, and all along the gulch you can see piles of smooth rocks left from gold boat dredging.
What Makes It Great
The Sallie Barber Trail from French Gulch Road is an out-and-back hike can be done in a couple hours—an excellent way to get your day started or enjoy a slow family hike on a warm afternoon. From the trailhead on French Gulch Road, head down to the metal gate, and follow the service road across French Creek. Climb up until you get to the Sallie Barber Mine, about 1.5 miles from the trailhead. This is also where you will reach the high point of the hike at 10,700 feet, and have wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. From here, drop back down and and continue on through the pine forest until you get to Sallie Barber Road for the full 5.6-mile round trip.
The Sally Barber mine gives you a glimpse of Summit County’s early mining days, when the area’s roads were used to haul ore from the many nearby mines. Information on the history is provided at the mine, along with some curious equipment along the way. If you plan on spending some time in Breckenridge, this local trail is a must-see.
It’s easy accessibility from downtown also makes it great year-round for hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing.
Who is Going to Love It
The Sallie Barber Trail is popular among Breckenridge visitors and locals. It can be relatively short and easy if you just go to the mine, which can be a winning combo for families with curious children. With its convenient location, the trail doesn’t eat up the day and can easily be done in a morning or afternoon, allowing time for other exploring. The trail is quick and rewarding for hikers of any age, so you can expect to see others along the way.
Continue on past the mine for the full 5.6-mile trip and a bit more of a challenge.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
This out-and-back hike starts at either Sallie Barber Road or on French Gulch Road. These directions will start you at French Gulch Road, but you can find information about the Sallie Barber trailhead here.
From Downtown Breckenridge, take Main Street/Highway 9 north. Turn right onto Huron Road. It will turn into Reiling Road, and then French Gulch Road. After about 3.8 miles from your initial turn off of Highway 9, park in the dirt lot on your right.
Remember to leave no trace and contact the Dillon Ranger District for any National Forest questions.