Great Hikes: McCullough Gulch is a Glorious Fall Hike in Breckenridge

We love all the seasons here in Summit County, but fall might just be our favorite. When the air starts to get a little crisp and cooler weather begins to set in, you simply have to take in all the incredible fall colors. The leaves have held on this year and there is still a little color to be seen, but prime viewing usually happens from mid-September through early October.

We also can have snow in September and October, making some of our fall days feel like winter! But usually after a few days the weather turns warmer again and it truly feels like autumn. (Wear layers, though! Nights and mornings can be really cold!) Bluebird skies make for perfect hiking conditions. And there are so, so many hikes to choose from.

One of the best hikes for enjoying the changing leaves near Summit County is McCullough Gulch just south of Breckenridge. This incredible hike features stunning views of Quandary Peak, and it features a lake and a waterfall. Remember your layers since it can be windy near the lake. Don't forget to pack snacks and plenty of water.

The hike is uphill, but not too steep, and it has plenty of places where you can stop and rest. Of course, your return will be downhill and it's always nice to have the finishing leg of the hike be a little easier. 

Wildlife is commonly spotted, so be sure to bring a camera in case you glimpse a mountain goat, and of course you'll want it along anyway so you can take plenty of photos of the fall foliage. 

 If you capture a magical moment on your hike, we have plenty of frames--like this one made in Colorado from beetle kill wood.

If you capture a magical moment on your hike, we have plenty of frames--like this one made in Colorado from beetle kill wood.

There are plenty of great trails in Frisco and Silverthorne as well as Breckenridge. On a glorious fall day, you really can't go wrong in Summit County. Happy hiking!