French Gulch Gold Mine and Dredge Hike

Join an experienced guide for a hike through Breckenridge’s fabled Golden Horseshoe, one of Colorado’s most fertile mining regions and the location of dozens of early mining operations. Along the way, take in scenic views of Ten Mile Range, hear about the local environment, and see the ruins of mine sites and the gold-gobbling Reiling Dredge boat.

This hike is approximately 2.5 miles round-trip with several uphill sections and lasts approximately 2 hours. For our guests visiting from lower elevations, this is a manageable hike if you have acclimated to 10,000 feet. We do not suggest you hike with us if you are feeling symptoms of altitude sickness.



From the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 South Main Street), travel north on Main Street. Turn right onto Wellington Road and travel approximately 1 mile. At the stop sign, turn right onto French Gulch Road. Travel 0.5 miles and the road will turn to a well maintained gravel road. Travel an additional 0.7 miles to the B & B Trail Head. Look for a small brown sign on the right - it is easy to miss! Turn right at the sign into the parking lot.

There is no public transportation to the B & B Trail Head.


June 13, 2015 - September 6, 2015

Saturday at 10am; weather permitting. Reservations required by 8pm Friday.

This hike if offered year-round and becomes a snowshoe hike with sufficient snow in the winter!


$20/Adult, $15/Child (4-12)

Tickets can be purchased online, at the Welcome Center or by calling 970-453-9767 x2. Online tickets purchased after 8pm on Friday cannot be verified; if after 8pm, please call and leave a message for availability.

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For online purchases, we will enter your information in our reservation system when your order is received. We do not issue paper tickets.


Minimum Guest Requirement: We do not have a minimum guest requirement; however, we do have a maximum guest limit to ensure the enjoyment of the tour.

Pet Policy: Pets are not allowed on the snowshoes hikes, with the exception of service animals.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are required 24 hours prior to the scheduled start time of the hike to receive a refund.

Please note that smoking (including e-cigarettes) is not permitted on any site or hike and we reserve the right to request you leave a site or hike if you are smoking.

Hikes are offered on a weather dependent basis and may be cancelled if there is thunder and/or lighting in the area at the scheduled start time of the hike. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

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