Dillon Ranger District to close McCullough Gulch Trail, Road starting Tuesday | SummitDaily.com

Dillon Ranger District to close McCullough Gulch Trail, Road starting Tuesday

The McCullough Gulch Trail south of Breckenridge will be closed to all users starting Tuesday, Sept. 6, to allow for the removal of an unauthorized bridge and debris in the drainage.

As a result McCullough Gulch Road and the trail will be closed at the intersection of Blue Lakes Road Monday through Friday from Sept. 6 through Oct. 1 to both motorized and non-motorized users. Hikers will be allowed on the road and trail on weekends, and access to Quandary Peak Trail will remain open during this time.

Dillon District ranger Bill Jackson stated in a news release that this unsanctioned bridge was built in 2014 and damaged the steam-side habitat.

"This effort will restore the damaged wetland area back to its natural state, which is important for habitat," he said in the release. "We realize this may cause some inconvenience — thank you for your patience while we are working in the area."

While the trail is closed, hikers and backpackers are encouraged to visit other trails in the area, including the nearby Spruce Creek/Mohawk Lakes Trail system just 5 miles north of McCullough Gulch. For more information about alternative backpacking and hiking opportunities, please stop by the Dillon Ranger District's Office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or call the office at (970) 468-5400.

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