McCullough Gulch

Hiking in Breckenridge

This 2.8-mile round-trip hike is short enough for families, though huffing up the 1000ft of elevation gain will require some perseverance. Luckily you'll have plenty of scenery along the way: the meandering streams that you follow from the trailhead eventually turn into thundering falls and, after that, a glacial lake.

The trail splits below the waterfalls. One branch leads you to a lower falls and the other to a series of about eight cascades, stepping down from the lake, about 1.3 miles from the trailhead. You’ll notice Quandary Peak on the south side of the lake and Pacific Peak (13,950ft) to the north.

To get here drive 7.5 miles south from Breckenridge on Hwy 9. Turn right onto County Rd 850 and right again on 851. Drive on for 2 miles and park near the water-diversion structures.