McCullough Gulch July 17, 2006
Distance: 1.4 miles 1 way
To lake: 1 hour 45 minute
Return: 1 hour 10 minutes (with some extra
time for photography)
Hikers: Don, Marina, David Radlauer, Julie Schwartz, Madalyn Radlauer,
First the map, formatted to print on an 8.5 by 11 inch sheet of paper
The day was a pleasant day for the hike. While not quite a walk in the
woods, it is certainly not a 14er (although you are in the shadow of Quandary, and even go by the trail
head for the main trail for that mountain on your way to the trail head
for this hike.
There were many wildflowers I took photos of on the trip and I will get
another web page with those pictures in the future. The scenery at the
end of the trail was stunning. This is a hike I rate as a must take.
The scenery is easier to obtain than any of the 14ers, or another
of my favorites, the Lenawee Mountain.
I will probably use this hike when I have visitors in town that would
like a 3 to 4 hour outing.
The trailhead starts at a diversion tunnel to move water from Summit
County to the Atlantic side of the Continental Divide (I am told for
Colorado Springs). The road ends at the trail head. The elevation here
is approximately 11,100 feet.
Walk through the arch on the right of the gate and the road (the trail
starts out as a road) is off to the right:
But be sure to look at the water before heading up the trail.
At approximately .35 miles you come to a house on the left with a
At about 0.6 miles (and 30 minutes out) you leave the road for a trail.
There is a sign so you should not miss it:
The trail is to the left while the road continues sharply to the right.
As you can see in this picture, the trail while not a road is wide and
easy to follow.
There is some scree on the trail:
at one of our rest stops, I noticed a formation of quartz :
Must be for my last name :-(
Going up towards the lake you pass a number of waterfalls, here is one:
The lake was reached in an hour and 45 minutes. We spent some time up
there, had lunch, took lots of pictures.
Here are some stitched pictures from the lake area:
This is looking more or less west. The rest of the group can be seen in
the lower left foreground.
Looking towards the east (where we hiked in from):
The water in the lake was very clear:
An attempt to compose a picture:
On the way back down, one additional stitched picture looking to the
The road we drove in on can be seen in the center.
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