McCullough Gulch Trailhead located at the end of McCullough Gulch Road #851, the parking area is small feel free to park along the shoulder; Trail Mileage? There is some rocky and mixed terrain about halfway up, so be careful, but the views are worth the effort. White River  McCullough Gulch is located on the northern side of Quandary Peak. ATV Riding. The McCullough Gulch Trail is a popular hiking destination for locals and Breckenridge tourists alike. Yes. The trail is located south of Breckenridge on the north side of Quandary Peak, elevation 14,265 feet. The trail is located on the north side of Quandary Peak, elevation 14,265 feet. Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 892 feet Route Type: Out & Back Difficulty: Moderate Best Time to Hike: April – October Dogs OK? This adventure begins by following the unplowed Summit County Road 851 to the north, gaining a moderate amount of elevation as the road wraps around to the west to enter McCullough Gulch. This short excursion leads to good views of the falls and returns to the main trail. Horseback Riding. McCullough Gulch in Colorado. 2.7 miles out and back from trailhead + a half mile trek to the Trailhead making it 3.7 miles. The trail crosses a short talus field at .95 miles (11,580’), just past which are consecutive splits for the White Falls Loop (1.0 miles : 11,597’). The imposing side of Quandary Peak is your constant companion on the left heading up the gulch and Red Mountain (13.229 ft) dominates the views on the way out. Although private property exists along this trail, hikers and mountain bikers are allowed access and are asked to stay on the trail. Seasonal Popularity. Some across granite surface. Total Length 2½mi; Elevation Range Once you gain the ridge, boulder hop to the summit. The upper valley lakes are located in broad open tundra. Open to Hike, Horse and Mountain Bike. Aside from scenic mountain views and wildlife, the stars of this trail are the lake and waterfalls. McCullough Gulch Posted on August 15, 2018 March 25, 2020 by jim A nice easy 7 mile day hike up a beautiful canyon/gulch just outside of Breckenridge, Colorado. Walk through the gate at the end of the road and to the left is a small faded sign, head up the path that looks like a road. 970-468-5400. Supervisor's Office Waregem, Belgium 312 contributions 188 helpful votes (not) out of the woods McCullough Gulch Trail is a trail that Alltrails (my hiking Bible) rates as moderate, but that with 6.2 miles in total, the elevation gain, the trail searching and the rock climbing, should probably have been rated as hard. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/lower-mccullough-gulch-trail After doing my research for this blog post, it appears it can be a little confusing getting to the trailhead for this magnificent hike. Be careful around waterfalls. Elevation Change: 910 feet Elevation Start: 11,030 feet . https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/mccullough-gulch-trail The entire trail follows a flowing stream up to a high alpine lake where hikers are rewarded with views of McCullough Gulch Falls. McCullough Gulch is located in White River National Forest near Blue Lakes, Colorado. McCullough Gulch Trail. Colorado Trail Explorer. Trail Map Travel continues steeply through treeline to an unmarked fork (1.3 miles); go left to reach the lake’s outlet area, or keep straight to the north shore (1.35 miles : 11,915’). McCullough Gulch Trail. Route Stats: Round Trip Mileage (McCullough Gulch): 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 4,000 feet McCullough Gulch from the summit of Atlantic. To start the McCullough Gulch trail you will first begin on a service road at the end of McCullough Road. Map showing recreational areas. McCullough Gulch is located in White River National Forest near Blue Lakes, Colorado. From the trailhead you will be hiking on an old mining road through the McCullough Gulch drainage. Starting Point: On McCullough Gulch Road at trailhead sign. Elevation gain: 1,570 feet; The McCullough Gulch Trail is definitely in the running for the most popular hike near Breckenridge. With its close proximity to Breckenridge, the 2.6-mile round-trip McCullough Gulch Trail is a popular trek that ascends past waterfalls and wildflowers to the picturesque Upper Blue Reservoir on the doorsteps of 14,265-foot Quandary Peak to the south and 13,950-foot Pacific Peak to the north. Once you park, work your way through the gate and continue for .3-.5 miles until you reach the trailhead (signs are abundant and the trail is well-marked throughout). Use established tracks to limit. Be careful around waterfalls. Round Trip Distance: 6.1 miles; Elevation Gain: 1,578 feet MODERATE 3.1 mi. Very popular trail in the summer. Campfires are permitted for dispersed camping in the backcountry, with potential seasonal restrictions. McCullough Gulch Hike, is a popular Breckenridge trail you don’t want to miss! I wouldn't have done this hike were it not for the promise of something interested beyond the end of the official trail, but I am glad I explored this area. It follows an old mining road .5 miles up the drainage before splitting off on a rugged path to White Falls and Upper Blue Reservoir. Arrive early to secure parking and avoid crowds. The first part has rocks underfoot primarily the consistency of crushed gravel. Only used to identify you to ProTrails. 2.8 Miles round-trip; Elevation? share Share . Quandary Peak via McCullough Gulch Trail. Stay left at the fork, and then arrive at the trailhead. The first lake is located straight ahead at about 2.55 miles (12,555’). The office is open M - F from 8am - 4pm. Dispersed backcountry camping is permitted in the. Although private property exists along this trail, hikers and mountain bikers are allowed access and are asked to stay on the trail. Lakes, waterfalls, wildflowers, mountain goats, and views of iconic 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks are your reward and well worth the effort. North of Breckenridge and I-70, the Lily Pad Lake Trail, with a 3.2-mile round trip and … At the start of the trail, you'll almost immediately cross a bridge with a rushing waterfall below. Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 I … Difficulty: MODERATE TO DIFFICULT Trail Use: Moderate Length: 9 miles Elevation: The trailhead on the McCullough Gulch Road is at 11,080.The parking area on Highway 91 is at 9,760. If you like well defined and marked paths, this isn't the trail for you. To reach the upper valley, follow the main trail along the north shore. 9, and hike up McCullough Gulch Road. McCullough Gulch Trail. Oh and bonus points for passing three alpine lakes along the way. It is only a 2.7-mile round trip to the first lower lake dubbed the Upper Blue Reservoir, and over double that to … Dillon Ranger District 680 Blue River Parkway Silverthorne, CO 80498 970.468.5400 M - F from 8am - 4pm White River National Forest 900 Grand Ave. P.O. Although private property exists along this trail, hikers and mountain bikers are allowed access and are asked to stay on the trail. Arriving back at the trailhead, there were cars all along both sides of the road, but I had no trouble passing through in my sedan. McCullough Gulch Trail #43 The trail is located south of Breckenridge on the north side of Quandary Peak, elevation 14,265 feet. Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 892 feet Route Type: Out & Back Difficulty: Moderate Best Time to Hike: April – October Dogs OK? From the trailhead you will be hiking on an old mining road through the McCullough Gulch drainage. Elevation: 11100 ft / 3383 m: Driving Directions From ... Drive a few hundred yards and turn right on the McCullough Gulch #851 Road. We started our hike on a Friday around 10:30 am and there was plenty of parking at the trailhead (we were one of 7 vehicles at the time). MODERATE 4.1 mi. Starting at the base of Peak 9, Burro Trail measures between 6 to 7 miles. From the trailhead you will be hiking on an old mining road through the McCullough Gulch drainage. The landscape naturally funnels you to the top of the waterfall, where it suddenly levels by a tarn and opens dramatically in the upper valley (2.1 miles : 12,415’). Forget the crowds of Mayflower Gulch, hike to McCullough Gulch instead. While this trail does get crowded, hikers are sure to find peace and serenity in the beauty of Hanging Lake, with its handful of magical little waterfalls sputtering down from the large, overgrown rocks surrounding the area. The 7-mile McCullough Gulch Trail to Pacific Tarn is a favorite for fairly advanced backpackers, passing multiple waterfalls en route to the breathtaking lake basin with off-trail access to Pacific Tarn. link Copy Link. Distance: 2.9 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 892 feet McCullough Gulch (Winter Trail) White River National Forest Date Hiked: December 27, 2015 Distance: 2.4 mi (RT) Elevation Gain: 630 ft Elevation Min/Max: 10,272 to 10,844ft 9, and hike up McCullough Gulch Road. Closed to motor vehicles. Nearby Hiking Trails. In fact, Jim was ready to turn around and forget it when a car backed out of an actual small parking lot off the road and we managed to get in his place. Trail Condition: Good. Although private property exists along this trail, hikers and mountain bikers are allowed access and are asked to stay on the trail. Tell us when your experience with this trail happened. Rocky, rooted trail segments can be quite slippery when wet. Elevation: -Total: 0 riders . Coming back down to the first lake was a stark contrast as there were now hoardes of people. 1. COTREX is a project by the Colorado DNR and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. I followed the directions in the post to continue on to the upper valley, which was well worth the challenge. Trail Traffic: We encountered 200 other hikers. McCullough Gulch Trail. (970)-945-2521. The service road is flat and easy and you will pass through a gate to continue on the hike. Though at first obfuscated by brush, the route clarifies and is well-marked by cairns once you get going. Trail in White River National Forest. Distance: 2.9 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 892 feet McCullough Gulch. Arrived at 8:30 am to about seven other cars. 5. Quandry Peak was named by some https://www.outdoorproject.com/united-states/colorado/mccullough-gulch-trail Box 948 Glenwood Springs CO 81602 970.945.2521. Elevation Gain: South to north - 2,840 feet, north to south - 1,520 Open In Winter To: X-C SKIING, SNOWSHOEING Open In Summer To: HIKING, HORSE, MTN. P acific Tarn can be accessed from McCullough Gulch Trailhead, two miles past the trailhead for Quandary Peak just outside of Breckenridge.At 6AM, the crowds attempting a summit push for Quandary were in full swing, and it was a task navigating parked cars along the gravel road in the dark. The McCullough Gulch Trail passes through private property en route to White Falls and the lake. Print Trail There is nothing lacking on this trek, it’s an alpine playground sitting alongside Quandary Peak.We found old miner’s cabins, a stunning waterfall, a gorgeous alpine lake, and log water crossings.#Colorado #Hiking MCCULLOUGH GULCH TRAIL. The trail is located south of Breckenridge on the north side of Quandary Peak, elevation 14,265 feet. The entire trail follows a flowing stream up to a high alpine lake where hikers are rewarded with views of McCullough Gulch Falls. McCullough Gulch Hike, is a popular sought after trail that I’ve hiked in every season many times and have never been disappointed! Return the same way you came. If you take the loop, it goes to an area below the falls, then back to the trail. Approximately 0.7 miles from the trail head, bear to the left to follow the trail while the road curves sharply to the right. This is a steep trail, gaining 850 feet in less than a mile and a half. Starting Point: On McCullough Gulch Road at trailhead sign. Motorcycle Riding. Parking can get a little hairy, but the turnaround at the trailhead is usually clear. McCullough Gulch Trail. You will park in the Quandary Peak parking lot just off Hwy. Look for mountain goat along the way, which are fairly common in this area. The trail is located on the north side of Quandary Peak, elevation 14,265 feet. McCullough Gulch McCullough Gulch follows a beautiful stream up to a high alpine lake. This is a steep trail, gaining 850 feet in less than a mile and a ... and then right on McCullough Gulch Road (FDR 851). As you can see from the number of cars parked along side the road, this is a very popular trail. Turn west (right), then make an immediate right on Rd #851 (this is the Quandary Peak Trailhead area). Continental Falls via Mohawk Lakes Trail and Spruce Creek Trail. Elevation Change: 910 feet Elevation Start: 11,030 feet . It's about 2.5miles to the best scenery, so the 1.3mile description on the trailhead is likely just the improved trail. You’ll find this trail on the north … It shifts frequently and braids in several places, however signs provide ample guidance. MCCULLOUGH GULCH TRAIL. Elevation Profile. The hike up to the main lake was fairly quiet at this early hour. Travel beyond Upper Blue Reservoir is strenuous and requires basic route finding skills, especially with lingering snow and overgrowth. 900 Grand Ave. After doing my research for this blog post, it appears it can be a little confusing getting to the trailhead for this magnificent hike. Comments. Yes. This trail can be challenging in parts but will pass by waterfalls, caves, historic mines, and breeze-blown meadows. If you are okay with a little uncertainty and forging ahead, than you will do alright. Distance: 6.2 miles; Elevation Gain: 1,578 feet; Route type: Out and back While I agree with the post that one shouldn't attempt going further unless comfortable with route finding and some scrambling when the "formal" social trail is snow covered in parts. Snowshoeing. This is an improved dirt road suitable for 2WD vehicles. Colors are a bit past prime at this point though it's still a pretty area with peak views and a small waterfall. A beautiful, high alpine hike that wanders through rich evergreen forests with granite outcroppings, waterfalls, green meadows and fragile wildflowers. Some across granite surface. The path continues west and eventually fades in open tundra, but it’s hardly necessary at this point. Alternate Routes. Hiking to the Highest Named Lake in the United States. A beautiful, high alpine hike that wanders through rich evergreen forests with granite outcroppings, waterfalls, green meadows and fragile wildflowers. Some on old mining road. The views along the way are incredible, and the hike ends at an alpine lake. James and I took a trip to Breckenridge, and this was just a short(ish) 7-8 mile drive from our hotel. McCullough Gulch is a deservingly popular trail, especially among anglers and active families. The service road is flat and easy and you will pass through a gate to continue on the hike. 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