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“Go to the top!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of McCullough Gulch

McCullough Gulch
Breckenridge, CO
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Ranked #4 of 21 Attractions in Breckenridge
Type: Trails, Outdoors
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Go to the top!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

This is a great three hour hike, longer if you take breaks as we did. Gorgeous waterfalls and varied climbs. Definitely wear hiking shoes not sneakers as the paths vary in difficulty. It's described as intermediate and that's fair. The altitude gets you if you're not used to it so take it slow. The view at the top is really worth it and there are wonderful photo ops. We saw small kids wearing crocs and serious campers and lots of dogs. We didn't see much wildlife which was disappointing. One squirrel, two chipmunks and three birds! Wildflowers were still lovely in early September.

Visited September 2013
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Westchester County, NY
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6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Not for the Faint of Heart”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

After reading the reviews for this hike, we were certain that it was something that we wanted to do. Most of the reviews make it seem like a hike that anyone can do, and I suppose that is almost accurate, but do not go into this thinking that it's a piece of cake. I'm sure that experienced hikers in Colorado might consider this "easy to moderate," but for the casual hiker who hasn't been on a trail in a few years, this hike is going to make you sweat -- not to mention make your lungs burn as the altitude starts at about 11,000 feet and approaches 12,000 feet at the end of the 1.3 mile hike. Of course, the waterfalls and running water are beautiful, and the glacial lake at the very top is a sight to behold, but I caution again, if you are out of shape, or not really a hiker, be prepared for a real challenge. Now that about 10 days have passed, I suppose that I am glad that I made the hike, but I certainly wouldn't rush to do it again the next time that I'm in Breck!

Visited September 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Beautiful hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

As said in other reviews this is a good started hike. There are some slippery and muddy spots this time if year but we easily hiked to the lake. If you want a very moderate hike with great scenery this is a good hike . But I have one big warning..many people bring their dogs and they are NOT polite about picking up waste . My son stepped in it and to make a long story short we ended up having to wash him off in the water. It ruined our hike in a way. Careful where you step!!

Visited August 2013
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West Olive, Michigan
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“Don't miss this hike!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

This was a great hike that we completed in about 3 hours round trip. There are 2 different areas that you can view the waterfalls. We didn't go all the way to the lake (but wish we did!) but what scenery we saw was beautiful! The path was well marked until the second viewing area of the waterfalls. It does get steep at that point but it was no problem for even average hikers. We followed the beaten path and stayed on course with out any issues. It wasn't strenuous physically but because of the altitude it was difficult to catch our breath. There are no bathroom facilities at the trail head and sturdy shoes were helpful. Bring snacks and water and take your time---the views are great!

Visited August 2013
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El Lago, Texas
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“Great starter hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We get to hike once a year and this was a great hike to get the legs and lungs ready for longer hikes. The lake is beautiful and well worth the effort getting there.

Visited July 2013
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