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McCullough Gulch Waterfall Out and Back

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (19) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Well-traveled trail: beautiful mountain views, steady climbing and a rewarding waterfall at the end.


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2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

Out and Back

11,594' 3,534 m

High

11,129' 3,392 m

Low

465' 142 m

Up

465' 142 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Overview

There are consistent and beautiful mountain views throughout this hike. Though this route features a steady ascent, it's worth the work. A gorgeous waterfall is your reward at the end!

Description

On a weekend, the trailhead and trail itself are very crowded and parking can be challenging along a narrow road that isn't very well-maintained. Once you park, work your way through the gate and continue for .3-.5 miles until you reach the trailhead (signs are abundant and the trail is well-marked throughout).

At the start of the trail, you'll almost immediately cross a bridge with a rushing waterfall below. The first part has rocks underfoot primarily the consistency of crushed gravel. You'll continue a steady climb with beautiful mountain views as the trail becomes progressively more difficult - but manageable - with bigger rocks and boulders to navigate as you make your way toward the waterfall. In early summer, the trail is muddy and requires careful footing to avoid slipping in the mud.

The steady ascent is worth the climb. Once you hear the rushing waterfall, you don't have much longer until you see the rewarding view at the end. The return downhill trip goes faster than the first half with gorgeous views throughout.

Flora & Fauna

Columbine from July through September and other assorted wildflowers.

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Shared By:

Erin Andersen

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 19 votes

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Photos

Waterfall at the top of the trail.
Jul 3, 2016 near Brecken…, CO
Another shot of the waterfall awaiting you at the end of the trail.
Jul 3, 2016 near Brecken…, CO

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Aug 5, 2020
Jesse O
1.5mi
Aug 3, 2020
Jennifer H
Beautiful waterfall. Great to keep going on the trail
Jul 27, 2020
David Harris
Jul 16, 2020
Chad Dean
Jun 12, 2020
Susan Crowley
COVID hike with PopPop, Grandma, E, O, A & S. Waterfall did not disappoint! 3.5mi
Oct 6, 2019
Brandon Bell
Aug 4, 2019
Heidi Snow
Aug 4, 2019
Robert Carmody
6mi — 4h 00m