After running the Brewery Hill trail we were back on Tiger Road and heading for Gold Run Gulch. We ended up on the wrong road at first, and we found ourselves in the golf course maintenance area. We turned around and headed farther east to finally find the trailhead. Things had changed since the USGS maps were made.
The trip to the trailhead went by some gorgeous homes, and we liked the drive even though we were on pavement. Then we found the parking area at the trailhead that was full of cars. At the other side of the parking lot we were happy to find a trail and a carsonite sign that said Jeeps were welcome. Good deal!
We saw some hikers at the start and everyone seemed happy to be enjoying the cool weather and clear skies. When we saw the Jessie Mill we parked in the parking area next to it to have lunch. We sat and enjoyed the sunshine and the view of the mill, taking our time eating. It was a really nice area for lunch. More hikers passed us as we sat there.
But we eventually packed up and headed south on the trail. It was always an easy drive, and we didn't see many more hikers after leaving the mill. We took a few photographs of the Breckenridge Ski Area and the area around it when we got to the scenic parking area, and we saw cars on their way in. I guess if you go slowly and carefully you can get a Honda through almost anything.
When we popped out on the pavement it seemed like the trail took no time at all. But it was definitely a popular trail with families hiking and biking. The mill made it all worth it, and we'd come back to see it again. On to the next trail!