McCullough Gulch Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Blue River, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
From Breckenridge head south on route 9 for 7.6 miles to Blue Lakes Drive (#850). Turn right onto Blue Lakes drive and continue for about 100 yards to McCullough Gulch Rd.(#851). Turn right and continue for 2.2 miles, staying left at the y-junction, to the parking area at the trailhead.
Very pretty hike with the mountains and the lake. Pretty muddy though. Also, a decent amount of snow on the trail in some parts.
This was an awesome trail. We went in mid-August. However, I'm pretty sure that the fire road you walk on for about a mile is not calculated into the summary posted here. The trail is challenging and definitely start before 9am. Sometimes the weather at the top gets unpredictable. Make sure you stop at the beautiful waterfall to have a nice snack at before the final push to the beautiful, crystal clear lake. The views throughout where amazing, best views of the valley from the waterfall, and best views of the amphitheater mountains around the lake. I don't recommend not experiences hikers. You will need more water than you think, probably about 64oz per person is good, and bring lots of snacks. Enjoy!!
Well marked trail and plenty of incredible views. Very windy when you reach the lake. Out and back in less than three hours. Can't wait to hike it in the summer and see all the colors. Like all other trails, going early is always better.
Nice hike, conditions are very dry for late October once you get past the initial mud. Some gorgeous views. The lake at the top is stunning with snow capped mountains.
Beautiful hike with several gorgeous lakes and streams. Good amount of elevation too. We did try to go to Mohawk lakes trail instead of this one and were confused by the directions-- even though the parking lot is labeled on google as Mohawk lakes trail parking it takes you to McCullough trail. Not complains though!
Just contacted ranger station on 10/3 around 1:50 pm. They said the road is closed to the trailhead until October 21st. Haven't done the trail, but may skip it since I have somewhat limited time.
Road 851 is closed even on weekends (just went today) until October 21st I'm assuming. So just be aware you have to hike 2.2 miles just to get to the trailhead. We then made it to the waterfalls and it was beautiful. About 5 hours all together, we had to stop often to rest as we are not used to the altitude. Be sure to look up, were able to spot some sheep on the mountainside!
Tough for inexperienced hikers but a great reward (the falls and lake both)
Wonderful hike! I've done it twice. Don't put the trailhead in google maps though, it won't lead you to the right place. Go to the Quandary Peak trail head, and then just keep heading down that road until it deadends.
Do not come up this trail while the road is closed Monday-Thursday. You will get a ticket. They open back up Friday-Sunday. You can actually drive up this road on the weekend.
Great FALL colors!!!
Nice hike but know that the road to the trail head is closed to all vehicles so you have a hike to get to your hike. Awesome scenery and amazing views.
My favorite trail so far. It was definitely challenging (I am a novice hiker) and most folks on the trail were huffing and puffing. The ascent is pretty constant, and as you get closer to the top, the dirt path yields to a lot of rock scrambling. But if I could handle it, you can too! The waterfall is the first payoff, and then it's about a half mile further to the lake. The path to the lake is not easy to follow (I think I overheard someone say they're closing it down soon so they can make that part clearer for hikers) but the lake is stunning. Pack layers- we were hot going up but the lake has no tree protection and the wind was fierce and cold. Bring a good camera!!
Great hike! Definitely plan time to continue to at least the second lake. Less hikers and it's a bit more challenging. You get a bit of everything with this hike, waterfalls, shady areas, open meadows, lakes and still beautiful wildflowers.