Butler Gulch


Trail Stats & Info

RT length 5.2 miles
Elevation gain 1,370 feet
Difficulty moderate
Lowest elevation 10,580 feet
Highest elevation 11,950 feet
Trail type out & back
Trails Illustrated Map™ # 103
Restrooms @ TH? no


From I-70, take exit 232 or US 40. Follow US 40 through Empire to the Big Bend Picnic area. Follow the sign for Jones Pass/Henderson Mine where you will be turning right at CO Rd. 202 or Henderson Mine Rd./Jones Pass Rd. Follow this road and bear right at the Henderson Mine turnoff. Follow this dirt road and once you get into the trees, look for a turn off to the left and a sign that says “Butler Gulch”. The trail starts at the gate. The start of the trail follows a dirt road past the gate.



The trail had a good amount of snow, but that didn’t deter me from hiking it. About 90% of the trail had crunchy or slushy snow. With a little bit more snow, this trail could be a great place to snowshoe. I was a little confused trying to find the trailhead, but luckily found it. There is a parking lot to the side of the road where you overlook the mine, but if you drive a little further you come to a sign for Butler Gulch and a turnoff to the left which is where you can park. Only a few cars can fit on that turnoff, otherwise you can park at the side of the road before you head into the trees. It’s a short hike to the trailhead. The first half of the trail is in the trees and one creek to cross over via logs. After the creek crossing, the trail gets steeper with switchback. Then, all of a sudden you’re out of the trees and the view opens up to the Continental Divide. Once you reach the end of the trail you can see remnants of an old mine. I was surprised to find rusted, but intact pieces of machinery and a car! It was fun exploring the area and taking some neat photos. It’s not often you come up to remnants of a mine while hiking.

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About Mar

My name is Mar (short for Maria), and I'm an avid hiker, backpacker, snowshoer, and snowboarder. There's no place I'd rather be than on a mountain! Originally from San Diego, I packed up my few belongings, and moved out to colorful Colorado so I could be immersed in the awesome Rocky Mountains! And I haven't looked back since! Any free time I have, you can find me hiking up a 14er or snowboarding in fresh powder.