Mayflower Ruins LbNA # 49356
|Placed Date||Jul 27 2009|
|Location||Copper Mountain, CO|
|Last Found||Oct 17 2010|
If you’re up for a nice hike that includes exploring some old mining ruins then this is the letterbox for you. This short, easy, approximately 2 mile hike leads to the site of the Old Boston Mine and some of the most spectacular scenery in the Ten Mile Range. You can take in some awesome views of the Crystal Pacific and Fletcher Mountain ranges.
Take I-70 west from Silverthorne to the Copper Mountain exit (exit 195). Take route 91 south toward Leadville for 5.8 miles. (We suggest you set your odometer). The parking lot for the Mayflower Gulch trailhead is on your left. The area has little to no signage so if you get to the Clinton Gulch Reservoir you’ve gone too far.
From the parking lot, hike the road to the right of Mayflower creek past occasional mining ruins for approximately 1.5 miles. When you get to the first ruin on your left, which is an old Miners cabin, turn left down a steep incline past the ruins to a large log on the right that is rested against a tree. Look under the log on the left side. Nestled between the tree and a rock you will find “Mayflower Ruins”.
We hid this box about .5 miles short of the Old Boston mine ruins. So if you’re up for a longer hike continue up the trailhead to a clearing just below the mine site. Go left at the fork into the clearing to explore the ruins and to take in the awesome views.