Sisters Cabin from French Gulch Trailhead/Standard Winter Route

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Route Description

From the Sisters Cabin parking lot take a right and head downhill approximately 20 yards to French Gulch Road. Turn left onto French Gulch Road and proceed through the gate. Once through the gate veer right and downhill onto Sallie Barber Road. In approximately 100 yards Sallie Barber Road turns right and crosses French Creek. Once across the creek continue on Sallie Barber Road for 1.2 miles until you come to the Sallie Barber Mine.

Turn left at the mine and follow the blue diamonds up a short, steep climb into the woods. The underlying summer mountain bike trail is called “Nightmare on Baldy” and sign posts may be visible depending on snow levels. The trail starts out on an initial steep incline for approximately 100 yards, then takes a sharp right onto more gentle single-track. This right turn is well marked with a blue diamond and blue arrow. Follow the marked trail for 1.3 miles until the trail crosses an old double-track mine road (the underlying mountain bike trail is called “True Romance”). Cross this old road and continue up on the marked trail (still “Nightmare on Baldy” also called “Upper Nightmare”) for approximately 0.7 miles until you come to the next intersection with a wide double-track ATV trail. Take a left at this intersection onto the ATV trail (the underlying mountain bike trail is called “Hannah’s Way”) and follow it for 0.8 miles to Sisters Cabin.

Locations of Observed or Reported Avalanche Activity: No avalanche activity has been reported along this suggested route.

Trailhead Directions

From I-70: Take Highway 9 south to Breckenridge. At the intersection of Highway 9 and CR 450 (Huron Road) turn left (east) at the stoplight. Continue on CR 450 (Huron Road) and after 0.36 miles, bear right at fork onto Reiling Road (CR 460). Continue on Reiling Road for 0.72 miles to stop sign at the intersection of Wellington/French Gulch Road. Turn left onto French Gulch Road (CR 2). Continue on French Gulch Road 2.86 miles to end of snow plowing. Continue 250’ past day use parking to Sisters Cabin parking (Permit required) on left and uphill. 4-Wheel drive and good snow tires recommended.


DO NOT park in day use area.