Monte Cristo Gulch is a 2.8 mile moderately 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, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length2.8 miElevation gain1,131 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockySnow
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Getting There

Please note: users have reported this trail may be difficult for dogs.

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.

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Jared Schiro
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Max McGraw
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Challenging hike at places but very doable. Easy to get off the trail at the beginning so make sure you’re paying attentions. Saw mountain goats and marmots, and visited a small cave between the upper and lower lakes. Amazing views the whole time!

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RoRo Moser
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Brittany Szafran
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Susie Minor
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HikingGreat!Rocky

OMG! Incredibly beautiful, worth the challenge. Easy to get off trail in spots and find yourself in trouble. But my most favorite hike I have ever done because it was so amazing and breathtaking to look at!

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Erin Maglothin
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WalkingGreat!Rocky

Hands down my new favorite hike in Colorado! The views were absolutely amazing the entire time. Little steep at the beginning but flattens out. We only saw a few hikers during our trek which was awesome for a Saturday. Will be doing again!!!

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Rachel Landreth
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Beautiful hike! Short, with a little challenge at the end. A great choice if you don’t have a whole day to dedicate to a hike but want a rewarding view. The scramble is short and my schnauzer did it no problem but some dogs might have a hard time.

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Leslie Looney
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Great hike. Nice views at top with cute lake. The northern loop seems inaccessible due to rock slides. Did our and back instead.

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Sheila Francis
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Devorah Klein
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Beautiful hike with stunning view. A bit of challenging climbing, rock scrambling, and the high altitude made it more difficult, but it was definitely worth the effort. Important point - the trail starts behind the fence at the top of the right side of the dam, and then splits by a restoration sign. Continue upwards, to the right, which appears to be rock climbing, but pretty soon it smooths out to a regular trail.

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Elizabeth Normington
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HikingMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

Absolutely stunning hike!! It is very uphill beware, there is also some mandatory rock scrambling both on the way up and on the way down. But there are beautiful little flowing rivers and water trickles, then at the top on the way back down you walk parallel with beautiful water rubbing down the mountain. Did this august 2 and still lots of running water.

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Wes Janson
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We did part of this trail, tying into a loop with the Blue Lakes Trail (see my review of that hike for our map). Based on reading about this trail and talking with people on the trail, taking it all the way up and doing the loop around the meadow doesn’t really seem worth it. A more rewarding outing is to hike along Upper Blue Lake and check out the waterfall along the right side of the lake and then to drive back down and explore the Lower Blue Lake and the large waterfall down there. We initially parked at the dam at Upper Blue Lake. There were goats in the parking lot when we arrived. We hiked along the right side of the lake and climbed up by waterfall. We ended up bouldering all the way up to the upper trail (getting there was a REALLY steep climb...we were clearly not the first to do it but it was pretty treacherous). We decided not to take the “Monte Cristo Gulch” trail up to the loop around the meadow. It didn’t sound like the payoff was worth the effort. So we came back down that trail, making a loop to the parking lot. Then we drove down to the Lower Blue Lake and hiked back to the large waterfall. It is a pretty easy hike and definitely worth the close up view of the falls!

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Shana Tow
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Beautiful scene but lots of rock scramble and loose rock

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C Jenn
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Did this trail last week. Much better today when we stayed on the actual trail! Fun to wonder around the meadow and rocks at the top.

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Shaun Dorton
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Viridiana Feldman
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Gorgeous view!! The hike is Not long but you have to be creative. You will see a Beautiful waterfall. Enjoy!

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Vanessa Randall
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A little known trail not attached to a trail head. Hardly any traffic and absolutely stunning. Went off trail a bit, but am dying to go back to continue the hike with more time. Saw a bunch of goats by the parking lot!

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C Jenn
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Started at the blue lakes dam. 7am plenty of parking. Lot full and a lot of people when we finished. We could not tell which way the trail went because it is unmarked. THE ACTUAL TRAIL GOES UP TO THE RIGHT AT THE RESTORATION AREA SIGN. We missed it and ended up walking farther around the lake and then scrambling straight up over rocks and boulders to the top. Very nice at the top when we got there. Met a few people going on up to fletcher mtn. Trail was easy to follow down once we found it! I would rate moderate to hard because of difficulty finding the trail and elevation

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Chris Hogan
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

So easy to get lost at the beginning of this trail. Download the map and follow closely or you’ll end up like me and my son wandering the rocks for an hour.

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