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.


September 01, 2014 - too much snow for hiking*

Saturdays at 10am; weather permitting

*this hike becomes a snowshoe hike with sufficient snow!

Our schedule changes seasonally

Please check back; we will post our winter schedule when it is finalized.


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

Reservations are required by 8pm* on FRIDAY evening and can be made online, at the Welcome Center or by calling 970-453-9767 x2. If after 8pm, please call for availability.

*Online tickets purchased after 5pm on the day prior to the hike cannot be verified. Please call 970-453-9767 x2 for more information.

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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.

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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