McCullough Gulch Trail

MODERATE 254 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

Note: Road 851 is currently closed. Please be aware you have to hike 2.2 miles to get to the trailhead.

7 minutes ago

1 day ago

Nice hike. Gets busy later in the morning so go early. I didn't think it was terribly hard but there are some rock climbs. Also you have to cross some snow to get up to the lake. There's lots of snow above the lake. We didn't make it that far

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

Really loved this trail! Was a little confused at trailhead on whether to go left or right...go up to the left! It's uphill most of the way, but there's plenty of beautiful spots to catch your breath, and the falls are worth it!

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail, as usual a bit tricky to find trail the farther up you go! Made it past waterfall, very close to lake, but too much snow for us (worried about slipping n twisting ankle or knee!). This trail has a few boulder fields, so wear appropriate footwear/clothing (we saw women starting the trail in long skirts and flimsy shoes...I doubt they got too far! Muddy in quite a few spots.

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

6/18/17. Road 851 is open! you can park right at the gate which is only .1 miles to trailhead. Small patches of mud and snow, easily managed. Waterfall is beautiful right now with all the late May snow. Several types of wildflowers. Good hike for out of town people, would rate as an easier moderate hike.

4 days ago

Beautiful scenery. Fun hike. Had a hard time finding the trail at times-not well marked.

hiking
5 days ago

6 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Excellent hike today. It was snowy and muddy in some spots but overall pretty manageable. We made it above the waterfall, but couldn't make it all the way to the lake due to the snow cover and lack of crampons (plus a baby in a backpack)

8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail. Lots of excellent views of the waterfalls. Some snow on the trail 6-14-17.

10 days ago

13 days ago

If the road is closed as it was for us. Then you face a 2 mile up hill walk to get to the mouth of the trail and then another 2 mile hike back. The trail itself had magnificent white water and scenery!

hiking
15 days ago

Moderate with some difficult sections. It's a beautiful hike though.

hiking
18 days ago

Hiked up last June, gorgeous trail. Springs, flowers, snow, waterfalls and a cool glacier lake. Healthy few miles, lots of rocks and elevation and thin air but spectacular views.