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Sallie Barber Road

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An easy dirt road connection from French Gulch to Baldy Road.

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2.9

Miles

4.7

KM

Point to Point

10,694' 3,260 m

High

10,308' 3,142 m

Low

387' 118 m

Up

275' 84 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

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Description

Sallie Barber Road (Summit County Road 559) was formally a mixed use road that was closed to motorized-use as part of a recent update to the forest management plan for the area.

There is a small parking area and trailhead 3.8 miles up French Gulch Road.

From the trailhead, hike east a short way up French Gulch. Sallie Barber Road begins at a gate on the right side of the road. The trail descends briefly over French Creek before beginning a gradual climb. Pass the newly completed Turk's Trail extension 1/4 mile into the climb and Weber Gulch in another 1/2 mile. After a little over a mile of climbing the road tops out at the Sallie Barber Mine, an excellent viewpoint.

Both Nightmare on Baldy Trail (climbing steeply) and Trail of Tears (flume trail) singletracks begin South of the road at the mine.

Continue southwest and descend on the steep road through Australia Gulch and below a power line. Use caution as spring runoff can result in significant washout and rutting of this section.

At the bottom of the descent, the road flattens to a fun grade all the way to a gate. Pass through the gate onto pavement. Barney Ford Trail is on the right (West) side of the road after the gate. Continue on Sallie Barber Road to Baldy Road.

Note there is no parking at the Western end of the road. Cross Baldy Road to access Juniata Trail.

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Sep 25, 2020
De52 G
Jun 13, 2020
Andy Ney
easy for kids but long for mine. the mine was cool at the top for the kids to explore.
Jul 9, 2019
Steven Minzer
Jun 25, 2019
Todd Peters
Loop from Sally Barber back to French Gulch Rd 5.5mi — 3h 30m
Jun 3, 2018
Jason Berling
Feb 17, 2018
Adam Svatek
Jan 12, 2018
Alex Kirsch
Lots of snow but easily passable with snowshoes. Mine at the peak was great. 2.8mi