McCullough Gulch TH #43

The trail is located south of Breckenridge on the north side of Quandary Peak, elevation 14,265 feet. From the trailhead you will be hiking on an old mining road through the McCullough Gulch drainage. Although private property exists along this trail, hikers and mountain bikers are allowed access and are asked to stay on the trail. Eventually you turn onto a trail that leads you to a viewpoint of White Falls. You can continue up the trail to a beautiful alpine lake with a magnificent view of the entire McCullough Gulch drainage.

In summer months, access to the trailhead is available only through parking reservation or by shuttle from Breckenridge to the Quandary Peak Trailhead parking lot.  From there, it is ¼ mile walk up McCollough Gulch Road to the trailhead. Visit for parking reservation and shuttle information. Summit County does not permit parking on McCollough Gulch Rd (including Quandary Peak Trailhead area), Blue Lakes Rd or Highway 9.  


At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Closed to motor vehicles.  Open to Hike, Horse and Mountain Bike. 
Closest Towns: Breckenridge, CO
Information Center: Dillon Ranger District; 680 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO 970-468-5400

General Information


**Directions to the Quandary Trailhead Lot **

From I-70 take Exit 203, Frisco/Breckenridge, and travel south on Hwy 9 approximately 10 miles to the town of Breckenridge. Continue through Breckenridge on Hwy 9 (Main Street). You will pass the town of Blue River, travel 4 miles and then turn right onto Blue Lakes Road (FDR 850). The parking lot will be on your right.  This parking lot is available without a reservation during winter operating months.

Parking on McCollough Gulch or Blue Lakes Road is no longer allowed and will be enforced by Summit County - you will need to hike up McCollough Gulch Road to access the McCollough Gulch Trailhead.

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  Area/Length : 
1.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
11,105 ft. - 11,920 ft.