McCullough Gulch

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Marilyn1964
Salt Lake City, UT28 contributions
Aug 2022
This is a beautiful hike w/many water falls and wild flowers along the way. Parking can be a challenge
Written 16 August 2022
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bradas7
Keller, TX56 contributions
Jul 2022
This is a great hike up to the falls and onward to the lake above it. The lake is only 1.4 miles from the trailhead but don't let that fool you, it takes about 2 hours to get there. Plan ahead and take the supplies you need for the trip. Just know this hike will take a lot longer to do than what the experts say.
Written 14 August 2022
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DillonM1905
Laramie, WY388 contributions
Aug 2022
Very varied trail - bit of a road march to start but solid elevation gain, good views of lakes, waterfalls and mountains. Hiked to the second lake and only saw one other hiker on the way out. Go early to avoid heat and crowds.
Written 7 August 2022
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monopolyhead
Indiana40 contributions
Jul 2022
Beautiful hike with lots of wildflowers, waterfalls and a lake. We did not go to the second higher lake, but really enjoyed the hike through the woods to a little bit of leftover snow. My husband took a quick 40 second swim in the first lake. Loved that it wasn’t very crowded too! Shuttle service from Breck was great!
Written 5 July 2022
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Pat P
Fort Myers, FL26 contributions
Jun 2022
This trail is rated HARD on my All Trails app. Know before you go and plan accordingly. I didn’t complete the hike since my body is still adjusting to the altitude here in BRECK.
Written 3 June 2022
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Anne O
Argyle, TX3,775 contributions
Sep 2021
We hiked Lower McCullough Gulch Trail on a beautiful Fall day. It was about 2-3 miles and moderately challenging. We were rewarded with beautiful mountain views and pretty foliage - including wonderful yellow Aspens.
Written 30 October 2021
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GMM
Poughkeepsie, NY765 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a beautiful, although challenging hike. It is definitely worth hiking to the lake. The views are just beautiful. Be sure that you drive all the way to the parking by the Gulch. It is a winding dirt-like road, so it is a little deceiving and you will see other cars parked for another trail along the side of the road. I also suggest going in the morning and wearing layers.
Written 20 July 2021
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Elizabeth M
Jackson, MS486 contributions
Jul 2020
Loved this hike! It was about 2 miles in and 2 miles out, and took us about 3 hours to complete, stopping for lots of pictures. I'm not a fan of big drop offs, so the ride to this hiking trail was ROUGH for me, but slow and steady and you get there. We arrived early - around 8:30 or 9 to avoid the larger crowds and ended up getting a close parking spot. You have to park about a third to a half a mile away from the gated entrance to the area and then you have about another quarter of the mile before you reach the actual trail. Some spots on the trail are hard to tell where you are going, but it is almost impossible to get lost. Gorgeous views of the mountains, a waterfall, and a beautiful lake that feeds the falls await you on the glorious hike. I would rate this trail as an easy to moderate hike for people that are active and well due to narrow bridges, uneven rock and some steep inclines. I also highly suggest taking water with you and possibly a snack to eat. Get up early to beat the crowds. There is one part of the trail that was clearly washed out by a rock slide. The trail completely disappears, so you must traverse the rocks to continue on your journey. The beautiful part of this hike is that everywhere you look and go, there is something spectacular to look at. This is a must do for active folks when visiting Breckenridge.

Take home tips:
1. Bring water - I wore my camelback that stored enough H2O for the three of us hiking
2. Wear shoes with a good grip - hiking boots or trail running shoes are best - some areas are smooth and its very easy to fall
3. Go early and avoid the crowds
4. Bring a camera or a GoPro for good pictures
Written 11 November 2020
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davidlorenzen
Houston, TX30 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
The waterfalls are the main attraction but the views to the waterfalls are wonderful as well. I recommend getting there as early as possible to beat the crowds. @david.lorenzen on instagram for pictures and videos.
Written 11 October 2020
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Geldard
Bixby, OK75 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Great hike with a little bit of everything. I would agree with the Moderate skill rating due to some narrow crossings over streams, medium rocks to traverse, and uneven footing on inclines in spots. Overall we saw children under 5yrs old and folks over 70yrs old along the way. The effort is worth it for the waterfall and lake at the summit! Highly recommend it. Took us 4hrs exactly parking 1/4 mile from the gate to do the hike to the first lake and back including stopping and eating lunch at the waterfall.
Written 26 July 2020
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