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Birdseye Gulch

Test your skills on a section of unruly mud bogs on this side trip of Mosquito Pass.

Total Miles

6

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Elevation
12,100'
Duration
3 Hours
Technical Rating
5 / 10
Best Time
Summer - Fall

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Trail Overview
Birdseye Gulch
Birdseye Gulch is a side trip of Mosquito Pass with a reputation for a section of unruly mud bogs. The bogs used to be impassable, but recent repairs by the local 4WD community have made them driveable, but still very challenging. Wave to the tourist train that comes through occasionally. There is a parking area at the north end off of Highway 91, which is where most unlicensed vehicles start.
History
As you drive to start of trail from Leadville, you’ll see signs on left for the “Matchless Mine Tour.” It takes less than an hour, but is extremely informative. They tell the story of Baby Doe Tabor, who for many years lived a rich and famous life as the wife of millionaire Horace Tabor, founder of the Matchless Mine, which largely was responsible for the development of Leadville. The tour starts in Baby Doe’s shack where she died penniless and alone on Mar. 7, 1935. The shack is the original, with her pictures still hanging on the walls.
Getting There
From Leadville: From Hwy. 24 in downtown Leadville, head east on 7th Street, and it becomes County Road 3. Go by Matchless Mine and continue after pavement ends. Continue straight at 1.8 miles, then bear left at 2.7 miles. Bear left at 4.1 miles at unofficial parking area. Take left fork next to gated road that goes into private Diamond Mine. To start at north end: Take Hwy. 91 north from Leadville to parking lot on right 0.3 mile after mile marker 5.
Contact for Current Conditions
San Isabel N.F.
Leadville R.D.
(719) 486-0749