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Visitors will be Required to Purchase a Shuttle Ticket or Reserve a Parking Spot to Visit Quandary Peak and McCullough Gulch Trails
Contact: Nicole Valentine, Director of Communications, Summit County Government
SUMMIT COUNTY – The second year of the Quandary Peak and McCullough Gulch pilot program will begin on June 1. This program is a continuation of last year’s efforts to address challenges related to limited parking, public safety, and emergency vehicle access.
The 2022 pilot program will begin on June 1 and extend through September 30. Visitors can make either full day or 3.5-hour parking reservations at the Quandary Peak Trailhead to access either Quandary Peak or McCullough Gulch from June 1 to September 30. During this time, parking at Quandary Peak Trailhead will be by reservation only, and violators will be ticketed and/or towed. Summit County and the Town of Breckenridge jointly own the Quandary Peak trailhead. A shuttle service will also be offered beginning June 15 and will run through September 18.
“We know that the Quandary Peak trail is one of the most popular 14er hikes in the country and has outgrown the capacity of the parking area at the trailhead, resulting in a number of issues for hikers and residents of the area,” said Commissioner Elisabeth Lawrence. “Over the last several years, it became an incredibly dangerous situation for hikers. Illegal parking on county roads blocked access to the trailhead for emergency vehicles. We have been in need of a solution for quite some time and were very pleased with the results of the pilot program from last year. Our staff has taken community and visitor input into consideration as we made revisions to revamp the program for this season and we are pleased to offer a shuttle and parking program for 2022.”
To improve the overall operations, efficiency, and general satisfaction of the shuttle and parking reservation programs, Summit County (including the Sheriff's Office), the USDA Forest Service, Towns of Breckenridge and Blue River, and Colorado Springs Utilities have met regularly since 2021 to discuss and vet solutions to the challenges posed at Quandary Peak and McCullough Gulch. Below provides an overview of the new 2022 pilot program.
Parking Reservation Information
Be Prepared – Tips for Hiking in the Area
For more information on the pilot program and shuttle schedule, and to sign up to receive updates, visit the project webpage.