Mccullough Gulch Trail

Summit County, Colorado

Distance2.5mi
Elevation Gain1,781ft
Trailhead Elevation11,087ft
Top12,545ft
Elevation Min/Max11087/12545ft
Elevation Start/End11087/11087ft

Mccullough Gulch Trail

Mccullough Gulch Trail is a hiking trail in Summit County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 11,087 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,781 feet.

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Ania Savage
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"If you have ever climbed Quandary Peak (14,265 feet) to bag a Fourteener and have looked to the northeast and down, you probably saw Upper Blue Reservoir as one of the turquoise drops far below. Near the reservoir are picturesque falls that are a popular day excursion. Most hikers (and bikers) end their hike here. However, the trail continues upward for another 1.2 miles, climbing to a tarn at 12,955 feet. Attempt this second leg of the hike when the skies are cloudless, since you will be above timberline all the way up. If you do hike to the tarn, a topographic map is essential (Trails Illustrated recommended). Bring mosquito repellent if hiking in July and August." Read more
Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail (Falcon Guides)
Maryann Gaug
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"This hike offers a little bit of almost everything to a high-altitude hiker. Mining remains, colorful wildflowers, a crystal clear creek, the cascades of White Falls, patterned rock slabs, and a high alpine lake tucked beneath the crags of 14,265-foot Quandary Peak make this short, but sometimes steep, hike a worthwhile adventure. Snow patches can linger into August up here. Enjoy your lunch along the lakeshore, but be sure to bring some warm clothes with you!" Read more
Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
Dave Muller
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"Most winter recreationists use the upper road (Road 851) into McCullough Gulch. This other lower route, which will be described, avoids snowmobiles and proceeds directly up into the gulch on an old mining road. McCullough Gulch is bordered on the west by several of Colorado’s highest peaks, and on a clear day the viewing can be special." Read more

Mccullough Gulch Trail Reviews

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6/9/2018
This was moderate in some places and difficult in others. There were a few stretches of boulders to navigate. The views were spectacular! We saw mountain goats at the top which was a nice surprise!
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8/14/2009
We started at the trail head around 5:00 P.M. We found the trail to be moderate as stated in the web site. Although the total elevation gain is only around 800 ft., you find that due to the ups and down you will climb most of the 800 ft. more than once. The water falls are great and they supply a great source of hydration if your planning to spend the night. We did not see a lot of places where a large tent could be pitched but our backpacking tents easily found a home. There is ample wild life to be found including marmots, mountain goats, deer and probably big horn sheep, although we didn't see any of those. The temperature dropped to what I would guess was about 20 degrees. When we went to bed, our tents were iced over with about a half inch of ice and it snowed on the nw side of Quandry Peak. Not bad for August. Once you get to the lake, you will find beautiful scenery that makes for some great pictures. The lake is to shallow to support any fish so bring your own food if spending the night. This trail can easily be done in a half a day.
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7/2/2007
Very pretty hike. If you hike about a half mile further up the hill you come to a pretty glacial lake.
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9/10/2006
I've taken this trail in September, before the snows, and it's a beautiful hike. At the head of the valley, there's a waterfall and above that a glacial lake. The "old cabin" is inhabited in the summer by a miner working an old family claim, so please be respectful of his property.
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8/8/2006
great scenery, trail was little rougher than expected.
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Trail Information

Summit County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
USDA Forest Service, Dillon Ranger District, 680 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne; (970) 468-5400; www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver; www.dillonrangerdistrict.com
Local Contacts
USGS Breckenridge; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 109 Breckenridge/Tennessee Pass; Latitude 40˚ Summit County Trails; Breckenridge & Summit County Hiking and Biking Trail Map; USFS White River National Forest map
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Dec 2018