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McCullough Gulch

Address: Breckenridge, CO
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Ranked #4 of 21 Attractions in Breckenridge
Type: Trails, Outdoors
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San Antonio, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I felt like I was Lewis or Clark. Followed beautiful cascading mountain stream. Well-marked and well-travelled trail, so don't worry about getting lost. This is not easy for the recreational hiker, but doable. Easy for the experienced hiker. Wear good hiking boots with grippy soles.

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Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I certainly would not say that this a easy to moderate hike. This being said, we are 70 and our home is at sea level. The dirt road from the parking area to the trailhead is long and steep. The trail is very beautiful but continues climbing over some tricky areas. We made it the water falls, but decided not... More

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Colorado
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119 reviews 119 reviews
61 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

McCullough Gulch is one of the most recommended and well traveled hikes around Breckenridge. It is rated "Easy to Moderate" by the Forest Service but, in combination with the elevation, it will be more difficult than most people anticipate. Having said that, I would not discourage anyone who is moderately fit from attempt the hike because the lake and waterfalls... More

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Wichita
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

My husband, 11mo. old and myself hiked this trail early fall. We carried baby in a Kelty back carrier. The trail proved a bit more difficult than we expected, and we are both in good condition. (Difficulty may be contributed to altitude change and extra weight on back). Be aware that this hike is an uphill climb in most of... More

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Springfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We did the hike up McCullough Gulch. It is an easy climb in the sense the trails aren't that difficult but if you are not used to the altitude, then it is very hard to breath. We made a couple stops along the way to catch our breath. Definitely worth the hike though.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This hike took our group about three hours from start to finish. The trails are clear and not too strenuous. We saw lots of small animals running around. The air is so clean and the view at the top is absolutely gorgeous! Though it was the middle of July we were still able to throw a few snowballs when we... More

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Breckenridge, Colorado
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47 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The hike is a bit steep, but well traveled. You end up at a gorgeous lake at the base of Quandary Peak - one of Colorado's 14ers (mountains over 14,000 feet). There is a beautiful waterfall before you get to the lake. Remember to take rain gear as it often rains after 1 pm in the high country. Don't pick... More

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Houston
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

A moderate hike for us but a pretty rigorous one for our friends. Our friends were pretty reluctant all the way up but once we got to the glacial lake and saw the mountain goat they were soooo glad we talked them into going. We will go back. We like to have a picnic at the high point of our... More

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new mexico
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197 reviews 197 reviews
49 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Although this hike is only 1.3 miles each way, there is an 800 foot elevation gain over very poor tread. There are no switchbacks so you’re hiking straight up. The road to the trailhead is filled with some impressive potholes so beware. Almost immediately, you’ll pass an abandoned mine which is worth exploring. Walk back on the rail tracks to... More

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Walled Lake, Michigan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

If you read the reviews prior to Sept 2013 they mostly say it is an easy hike. Due to the floods the trail has changed and is more of a moderate trail, to tricky in places. Beautiful scenery, look all around you, great picture opportunities. We are in our late 50"s and it took approx 1.5 hrs to get to... More

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