McCullough Gulch Trailhead
Info

Location

Road Difficulty

2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Rough 2WD dirt to the TH.

Driving Directions

From Breckenridge, drive 8 miles south on Colorado 9. Turn right (west) on the Blue Lakes 850 Road. Drive a few hundred yards and turn right on the McCullough Gulch 851 Road. Drive 2.1 miles to the end of the road near a gate. Before 2 miles, there is a road junction, stay left on the main road. Park on the side of the road.

Winter Access

Closed in winter - 2 miles below the end of the road.
Status Updates 
  
Posted By: CaptCO
Info: Great trench to the lake at 12,000’. Second TH/hike of the day and winds picked up fiercely in the afternoon. With the forecasted 3" the 3-10" trench should still hold. Everything after the lake looks windblown, and I didn’t study the route for Atl.

**In the 40min I was setting up 4 cars including my F150 got stuck at the TH, be careful if the gate stays open. Most jeeps/4x4 should be fine
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Posted By: 9patrickmurphy
Info: It seems thi might be a recent development so figured I’d post here: Parking is available for this trailhead just before a Y intersection with a dead-end forest road. There is a sign saying "no parking from here to gate". There is a gate at the north portal of the Quandary water tunnel, but the true trailhead is a bit further up. The road is perfect condition 2WD from the Y to the main trailhead, so it beats me why they have it gated as far down as they do. The 4WD trail from the main trailhead is probably permanently shut - even if the gate by the Quandary tunnel was open, there is basically nowhere to park along this road before you come upon a footbridge that wouldn’t allow any car to go up. Kind of a pity to me, as the 4WD road is in pretty good shape and you could knock off at least a mile one-way if it was open. However, this trailhead does get overrun with tourists every day of the week so it is understandable.
 
Posted By: Russ Kliem
Info: Road is open
 
Posted By: cdgibbons
Info: Still closed at the winter gate.
 
Posted By: kingshimmers
Info: Because this is not obvious to all... the McCullough Gulch 851 Road mentioned in the driving directions is open for the summer. If you are hiking from the McCullough Gulch Trailhead, drive down the road for ~1.7 miles until you reach a Y road junction. This junction has a sign pointing to the left for the McCullough Gulch trailhead. Currently, there is also a small vehicle gate blocking the left branch of the road. The gate has an intentional gap to allow hikers to walk through. You will need to park here along the side of the road to access the McCullough Gulch trailhead.

Note: Make sure you don’t park where there are "No Parking" signs, and don’t block gates or driveways.
 
Posted By: Eagle Eye
Info: The gate is closed now. (Sunday 6/18/2017)
 
Posted By: swadmin
Info: The gate is open as of Saturday, 6/10/17.
 
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: The McCullough Gulch is mostly dry because it’s been plowed to the end but the USFS recently installed a gate at the start of the road, so the road can only be walked right now. We planned on skinning to the TH but we had to boot the 2 miles of road instead.
 
Posted By: Jim Davies
Info: From White River NF: closed weekdays for until October 1.

The McCullough Gulch Trail (#43), south of Breckenridge, will be closed to all users beginning September 6 to allow for removal of an unauthorized bridge and debris in the drainage. The McCullough Gulch Road (#851) and McCullough Gulch Trail (#43) will be closed at the intersection of Blue Lakes Road (#850). The closure will be in effect from September 6 through October 1, 2016, Monday through Friday, for both motorized and non-motorized users. Hikers will be allowed on the road and trail on weekends. Access to Quandary Peak Trail will remain open during this time.
 
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: The main Quandary TH is now accessible on the McCullough Gulch (851) road but the road is then blocked by snow about 1/2 mile up from there.
 
Posted By: emgordon
Info: Very good road, plenty of space for parking along side of road
 
Posted By: PSKLT
Info: Road is clear all the way up to the gate at McCullough Gulch
 
Posted By: WillRobnett
Info: McCullough Gulch (851) Road has manageable snow drifts up to 1.1 miles from the Quandary summer TH. Deeper/tracked snow drifts continue further.
 
Posted By: WillRobnett
Info: Snow covered at the entrance of the road. Some dry patches at the beginning as I passed Quandary’s lower standard route
 
Posted By: SnowAlien
Info: Dry and open to the gate. 2wd accessible. Summer conditions and crowds.
 
Posted By: BTL
Info: Dry and clear to the gate.
 
Posted By: d_baker
Info: Road all the way to the gate is clear of snow. Happy climbing!
 
Posted By: Faust
Info: Some ice and snow on the road but still good for most cars. Hard packed snow on 75% of the trail, brought snowshoes but not needed. Brought poles which were a huge help.
 
Posted By: tmathews
Info: Wet, but clearable to the gate at the end. There were a couple of small snow drifts in the road. Adventurous people in cars can probably make it. The road will likely be snow-free by mid-week in the first week of June 2010.
 
Posted By: RestlessLegSyndrome
Info: The trailhead is in fact closed for the winter. Parking at the Quandary Peak TH adds approximately 4 miles round trip (I think), but the road is well packed down, which would allow for easy hiking or snowmobiling to the TH.
 
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Probably closed for the winter. I‘ll be going there in the next few days to determine the current closure location.
 
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Open
 
Posted By: sdkeil
Info: Road is mostly clear to the TH. There are a couple drifts that have been driven through. It was passable to the TH for a Forester.
 
Posted By: Doug Shaw
Info: Reachable by 2wd.
 
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Road still closed with snow - park at the Quandary TH winter closure at the start of the 851 road.
 



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