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 (2 1/2 hours for the snowshoe). 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.

Proper footwear is required for participation. HIKE: hiking boots or other sturdy running/walking sneakers. SNOWSHOE: waterproof boots or shoes.



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 7, 2015 - June 11, 2016

Saturday at 10am; weather permitting. Reservations required by 6pm Friday.

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


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

SNOWSHOE: $5 discount if you provide your own snowshoes (discount not available online, please visit the Welcome Center or call for discount reservations)

Tickets can be purchased online, at the Welcome Center or by calling 970-453-9767 x2. Online tickets purchased after 6pm on Friday cannot be verified; if after 6pm, please call and leave a message for availability.

Buy Tickets

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

Cancellation Policy

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


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.

Weather Policy: We will cancel a guided tour or hike for the following reasons: 1) if there is thunder and lightning in the area 10 minutes before a tour is scheduled to start, and 2) if the weather forecast predicts the temperature will be below zero degrees at the start of the tour. In each of these cases, a full refund will be given to guests. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

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

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

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