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.
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.
Incredible. Go on a weekday, not on Saturdays though.
This hike is beautiful. You get to traverse many different landscapes and it is paired by rivers, waterfalls and an incredible lake at the top of this hike. You feel like a true outdoorsman because there are times when you can choose which way up you want to go.
This was tough but GORGEOUS. I went with friends, all around 30 and relatively fit but not avid hikers by any means. We found it a good workout on the hike up and the waterfall and lakes were awesome rewards for our efforts. My advice would be to start at 8:30/9:30, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it beside the lake! All in all we were super pleased.