On my own for the day, I decided to hike the McCullough Gulch Trail south of Breckenridge (CO) because of the promised reward: waterfalls at the top of the trail. This was one of several trails recommended by our hosts, the Breckenridge Tourism Office. (The others lead to Mohawk Lakes and Blue Lakes.)
If you miss the turn-off to the trailhead from southbound Highway 9, as I did, you'll enjoy a drive over Hoosier Pass and the Continental Divide. The correct turn is actually only about 8 miles south of Breckenridge. After a mile or so of dirt road and some trick parking, the trail starts out as a double track along the lower creek. Starting at 11,000-foot altitude, the trail's elevation change is less than 800 feet, and will lead across loose rock, flat rock, steep steps, and dirt paths. It requires a little scrambling here and there, but is only moderately difficult. (I was not the oldest on the trail.) At the top, various spurs give hikers a selection of spots to settle in for a picnic with spectacular views all around.
Uncharacteristically, I forced myself to turn around short of the glacier lake above the waterfall in order to meet up with Breck and blogger pals at the popular drinking and dining spot, Modis. Over an elaborate menu of cocktails, the group enjoyed another popular Breckenridge view from the rooftop bar: the historic main street of Breckenridge.
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