McCullough Gulch Trail

MODERATE 460 reviews

McCullough Gulch Trail is a 2.9 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
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
951 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

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15 seconds ago

Nice trail but seemed to be heavily trafficked. Other than that I loved it and will definitely hike it again in the future. It's a dog friendly trail which is a major plus and views from the top are beautiful. But then again, any view from the top of a mountain is beautiful :)

2 days ago

This was a great first hike to get used to the elevation for an East Coast hiker. Breathtaking views!

3 days ago

Great hike! A bit rocky. I should have brought my walking stick.

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6 days ago

Mark is right. This is a must-do hike. Mountain views, lakes, a waterfall. It pretty much has it all. And you don't have to climb to the top for the views. The walk through the forest at the beginning of the trail offers a unique and beautiful view of Quandary. But you will have to walk about 0.6 miles on the dirt road to the trailhead. No big deal - it's flat and a good warm-up.

The trail is well marked until you get past the waterfall, then it gets a little tricky but it's doable.

If you decide to go past Upper Blue Reservoir into the Upper Valley, the trail at the beginning is difficult to locate past the west side of the reservoir, but there is an actual trail, though it is steep in spots. Once out the brush, look for the cairns and trail cut into the mountain.

Few trek into the Upper Valley, but the scenery, the lakes, the solitude, and surrounding mountains are outstanding. One other perk - the view on the west side of the reservoir offers another beautiful perspective.

hiking
7 days ago

This hike is a must do! It's a bit of a trek from the start going up hill, but eventually levels off. It is well marked up to the waterfall, which has a gorgeous view. If your adventourous and want even a better finish to your hike, head up to the lake. The trail is a bit harder to find, but just stay to the right side of the waterfall and you will see the path upwards. Take your time going up, it is well worth it once you get to the top and take in the awesome view! Our hike was approximately 5 miles up and back and taking 4 hrs (including 30 min break for lunch). Enjoy this one and take plenty of pictures!

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12 days ago

Beautiful hike! Mostly an easy hike, with moderate parts here and there up until the waterfall. It gets a bit more moderate as you climb over some rocks at the very last bit to the lake.

The trail after the waterfall was a bit hard to find as you climb the last bit up to the glacier lake, but boy was it worth it! Make sure you go all the way to the end!

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18 days ago

Initial portion of trail ascends with some difficulty, is less difficult thereafter. Great views, beautiful split waterfall, and lake at the top. Between waterfalls and lake, mountain goats will almost follow you, hoping to get in your pictures! Face of Quandary is ever present to remind you who the giant is in town!

18 days ago

Awesome hike! Amazing views!

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19 days ago

Beautiful trail, saw a moose!

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19 days ago