Colorado Hikes: McCollough Gulch Trail

McCollough Gulch Trail
The McCollough Gulch Trail covers a variety of terrain.

What: McCollough Gulch Trail
Where:  County Road 851, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Length: Approximately 2.8 miles roundtrip
Rating: Easy/Moderate
Directions: From Breckenridge begin at the junction of Ski Hill Rd. and Main St. Drive 7.9 miles south on CO highway 9. Turn right on County Rd. 850 and drive 0.1 mile. Take another right onto County Rd. 851. Stay left at mile 1.6. And park below the locked gate at mile 2.1.
Photos: For additional photos visit the McCollough Gulch Trail virtual tour.

McCollough Gulch Trail
This was my teen’s favorite hike.

The McCollough Gulch Trail was by far our favorite of all our Colorado hikes while we were in Breckenridge. The mountains all around are gorgeous and at the top is a waterfall and glacial lake. We saw marmots and pikas on our way up. My 14 year old proclaimed that all hikes from here on out would be compared to this one.

There are times on the trail where I questioned the ‘easy’ rating. At one point a sign states ‘Trail’ with an arrow, but all I saw were piles of rocks. When we reached the top, I had to surpress the urge to swing around singing “The hills are alive with the Sound of Music.” I’m sure my boys would have LOVED that. Here are photos of our trek. I’d love to say it looked just like this, but honestly, the photos don’t do the hike justice. It’s more beautiful.

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McCollough Gulch Trail
This is a view from the McCollough Gulch Trail.


McCollough Gulch Trail
Relaxing at the waterfall.
McCollough Gulch Trail
Trail? Do you see a trail? I just see rocks.

McCollough Gulch Trail

McCollough Gulch Trail

McCollough Gulch Trail
We learned some new animals on our trip to Colorado. The pika, shown here and the marmot, which we also saw on this hike.

Here are more family friendly hikes in Breckenridge…

No Pressure: Three easy hikes from downtown Breckenridge

Colorado Hikes: Gold Run Trail (Preston Mill Ghost Town) 

Colorado Hikes: Boreas Pass 

Colorado Hikes: Iowa Mine Trail 

Colorado Hikes: Sawmill Creek Trail 

Colorado Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park  (This one isn’t in Breck, but it’s amazing)

Visit our other posts on Traveling in Colorado with Kids 


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