McCullough Gulch Waterfall Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 465' 142 m
Descent: -465' -142 m
High: 11,594' 3,534 m
Low: 11,129' 3,392 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“Well-traveled trail: beautiful mountain views, steady climbing and a rewarding waterfall at the end.”— Erin Andersen
At the start of the trail, you'll almost immediately cross a bridge with a rushing waterfall below. The first part has rocks underfoot primarily the consistency of crushed gravel. You'll continue a steady climb with beautiful mountain views as the trail becomes progressively more difficult - but manageable - with bigger rocks and boulders to navigate as you make your way toward the waterfall. In early summer, the trail is muddy and requires careful footing to avoid slipping in the mud.
The steady ascent is worth the climb. Once you hear the rushing waterfall, you don't have much longer until you see the rewarding view at the end. The return downhill trip goes faster than the first half with gorgeous views throughout.
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