Monte Cristo Gulch

HARD 41 reviews

Monte Cristo Gulch is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,131 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

From south of Brecenridge on Hwy. 9,off of Housier Pass, Take Blue Lakes Rd. to the end ,where the Trailhead starts at the upper lakes dam, on the right side.

hiking
16 days ago

We started out really late and ended up hiking most of it in the dark, but it still had some great views and was a fun hike. We also saw some sweet biting goats #neaturewalks

28 days ago

Great hike with great views!! Definitely going to come back. I would say it’s more moderate than hard

hiking
4 months ago

My boyfriend and I wanted to do this hike last week, though we did not as there is a sign posted which states that the trail head is closed to prevent scarring of the land and recommends that the Quandary Peak Trail Head be used instead.

hiking
9 months ago

Really nice little hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Great short hike! Very peaceful open space with a beautiful creek at the top. Very few hikers on the Saturaday in June that I went. It is possible to summit Mt. Quandary from this trail if you know what you are doing.

11 months ago

Challenging walk for those not used to the altitude. Would be beautiful on a sunny day.

hiking
11 months ago

The road up here was the scariest part. One lane with a drop off on the downhill. Then there's the warning sign about the path being an unmarked trail and you could die. After that the beginning is pretty steep and rocky. It flattens out a little but most of the trail is uphill and picking your way through streams. We didn't do the loop but stopped for a snack at 12,500 feet and went back down. Worried about cloud cover. Took about 1.5 up and another 45 down. Saw kids in this trail, would not bring my own.

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The views were amazing along the way. We saw pika, marmot, ptarmigan, and mountain goats! Some steep ascents and loose rocky areas. We turned right in the valley and hiked up to the base of Mt. Fletcher.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Beautiful place! Saw lots of goats and windflowers growing.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

There's a sign that says this trail is closed now

Saturday, August 06, 2016

This trail is of only moderate difficulty and so beautiful it is definitely worth the hike! Wild flowers, mountain goats and marmots, the streams running down to the reservoir are so rewarding. One of my favorite hikes near Breck!

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Beautiful scenery fitness needed to ascend several hundred feet above the lake views worth the hike

hiking
Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Great day for hiking. Lots of flowers and saw a Ferret looking up at me when I was hiking.Aug 2003

hiking
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Lots of fallen trees. We got half a mile in and then couldn't find the trail anymore it was so covered. Got some pics of the waterfall though

hiking
Thursday, April 03, 2014

A great hike above timberline in a small valley that has wildflowers,waterfalls and wildlife. This trail is at the base of Quandary Peak, and you can get to the top of it on the trail if you know how to go. The most common route is to the top of Mt.Fletcher how ever.

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