McCullough Gulch Trail

MODERATE 613 reviews

McCullough Gulch Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Blue River, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,578 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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snow

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.

hiking
9 hours ago

A new favorite. Heavy flow waterfalls July 15! It has it all- babbling brooks, streams, wildflowers, rocks, shade, tons of trees, great smells and yes it’s a little vertical. Just go slow if you need. Took me 2 hrs on way up.

15 hours ago

this was an amazing hike...take the road less traveled, we took the steep way to lake 2..totally worth it. lake 1 gets busy and a gnarly swampy and boulder path to lake 2, but worth it. we were only ones there. currenlty my favorite CO day hike

3 days ago

Beautiful hike. Drive to trail was easy (many sedans in the parking area). The climb to the waterfall is fairly easy, lots of rocks in the path but that is to be expected in Colorado. After the waterfall there is a steep climb to the lake.

hiking
3 days ago

We are glad we did this hike as there is a beautiful waterfall and lake as a reward. Saw a mountain goat by the edge of the falls. This seems to be more of a moderate-hard than a moderate-easy hike, but we are also from the Midwest.

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail but it does take an effort to get to the lakes. Lots of climbs, rocks, roots and some loose gravel. The waterfalls are really beautiful and the wild flowers are nice. The round trip took us about 4 hours.

hiking
4 days ago

Really nice up and back. Easy from the trailhead on a sand road. Hike has it all. Roots in the trees, boulders, loose scree, flat runs and steep spots. We left the trailhead at 9a and got back at the truck 12:30p. Only went as far as the lake. Trail at the lake narrows and looked tougher than it probably was so we stopped and ate a snack and enjoyed the lake view. Had the trail mostly to ourselves on the way up, busier on the way down. All ages on the trail. We are flat landers in our late 50’s. No worries. Highly recommend this hike.

4 days ago

Amazing hike. Not too difficult, but takes some work to get all the way up there. Great vistas, nice payoff at the end. I'll be back.

hiking
4 days ago

Hiked past the waterfall to the first lake. It was well worth the effort. The waterfall was gorgeous and the lake pristine. It was a challenging hike, but our kids (6 & 8) did a great job. We hauled our 1 yr old in a back pack carrier.

hiking
4 days ago

Great All Around Colorado hiking adventure...has it all. Gradual incline, great scenic views, massive waterfalls, lakes, shade, water for the dog. Full distance in took about 2 hours...and back to the car (overall) a little less than 4 hours.

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike with the Family. Well worth the effort, especially if you continue up past the waterfall to the lakes.

6 days ago

Great hike. 4 hours with 2 dogs and not being in the best shape. Some areas a little rocky. Beautiful waterfall. Alpine lake about 20 min past waterfall and a bit steep incline.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful hike with family including 9 and 12 year old. Continual climbing with mix of wooded trail and rocky path. Great view of waterfall. Midday was very busy but experienced good trail etiquette along the hike.

hiking
6 days ago

Done this hike 3 years in a row now, and love it! Make sure you go all the way up to the Lakes and explore the basin.

7 days ago

Fun trail for sure. It’s a good climb on the way up so beginners and out of towners beware. Lots of friendly dogs and people. Highly recommend making it up to the lake.

8 days ago

Great hike for the family!

hiking
11 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike the water features are breath taking! Alongside the beautiful waterfalls the trail itself is technical and jaw dropping. Must do trail !

hiking
11 days ago

This is our 3rd summer to come to Breckenridge for summer vacation. This is the 2nd time we’ve done this hike and it’s our favorite. Waterfalls are awesome and the lake is an added bonus.

12 days ago

it's tough but pretty

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike for the family. We had kids ranging from 15-6. Everyone made it to the waterfall the Little’s went down afterwards and the big kids went up to the lake. But very doable for anyone.

hiking
12 days ago

This hike was absolutely awesome. Make sure you go past the falls to the lake. The views of the surrounding valley and quandary peak towering over you are magnificent! Highly recommend!!

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful hike to the lake and busy. As others have said make sure and go to the lake, the views are worth it. Only negative is that very few hikers have trail etiquette.

13 days ago

Excellent trail. Fun for nearly all ages. 4 hours at slow pace with plenty of stops for flora, fauna, and photographs of the wildflowers and such.

hiking
13 days ago

hiked to the waterfalls (apparently you can keep going and there's a lake). As a newish hiker, I'd say this was a pretty tough hike, but well worth it. Lots of people on the trail but in a good way, everyone was cheerful and having a great day. I would HIGHLY recommend hiking boots over any other type of footwear, as there are several spots that are very rocky, some slippery gravel, and multiple narrow bridges that would be slippery if wet.

16 days ago

One of the best sights I've ever seen!! the waterfall was breathtaking

hiking
16 days ago

Loved it! Steady incline but not too challenging. Amazing views the whole way. Loved all the waterfalls. Lake at the top is breathtaking-and not that much further.

16 days ago

Beautiful trail with everything you would like to see including waterfalls and lakes. Not too difficult. My 67 year old father-in-law had no problem hiking it with some breaks to catch his breath. Good family hike!

hiking
18 days ago

So gorgeous and if you go all the way to the top past the waterfall, it gets a lot less crowded.

hiking
18 days ago

Loved it!
Make sure you keep going past the waterfall to the lake at the top!

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful hike from start to finish. we started early around 7:30 am, it was drizzling. The views were fantastic. I would say it's easy to moderate.

21 days ago

Awesome hike!! Beautiful waterfall at the end. Just a note to drive into the 2nd parking lot which isn’t clearly marked.

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