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

snow

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.

15 days ago

Still not closed! Did this yesterday afternoon in tennies but would recommend snow appropriate hiking gear and some hiking knowledge. There are currently sections where you can sink to your knees. There is also active water flow (very shallow) that is covered in snow. We met someone on the way down who had cut her knee badly enough that she was going to drive straight to the hospital.
This trial is challenging and beautiful. Go with someone and stay safe.

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1 month ago

Trail definitely not closed. We got there around 8 and there was no one there- absolutely beautiful! Very cold, and slippery with hiking boots as there is snow near the bottom but overall it was not hard, probably a moderate. We brought our two dogs who loved running at the tops. Extremely beautiful, even it’s a lot of fog and limited visibility- wear gloves, beanies, and layers.

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2 months ago

TRAIL CLOSED AS OF 8/24/18

2 months ago

I would agree this is a moderately hard hike especially if you’re flatlanders. Otherwise it’s fairly moderate. Some rock clambering and crossing over brooks. Some steep descents but we saw mountain goats (in the parking lot haha) pikas and some awesome vistas. We stopped at the beginning of the loop because we had to get back to catch a flight. Excellent hike.

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3 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes near summit county for several reasons . One it is gorgeous and two you can hike for as long as you want . You can hike to first lake and have a fun outing. You can hike to 2nd Lake and have a longer hike or for the adventurous you can hike to the top and summit mt fletcher which is almost a 14’r at 13950’!!! The views are amazing and provides a great view of quandary without all the crowds!! Just follow the rock pyramids for trail locations .. you can see my trail locations on the app for where to hike. It’s a 5-6 hr hike to do fletcher but it’s worth it !!

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4 months 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

4 months ago

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

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8 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.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Really nice little hike.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

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

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Friday, July 21, 2017

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.

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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.

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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!

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

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

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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

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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

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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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