This easy hike along the edges of Cucumber Gulch provides not only great views of the Tenmile Range, but also glimpses of a fen wetland that is considered prime habitat for the endangered boreal toad. Hike in the early morning or evening when the wild inhabitants come out. Moose, bears, beavers, foxes, coyotes, ospreys, bald eagles, and various duck species might be seen. The Town of Breckenridge has designated Cucumber Gulch a wildlife preserve because of its sensitive natural resources. Trails do not enter the fragile gulch, but travel its edges. The town plans to install interpretive signs in the future. To experience Cucumber Gulch, hike first to the overlook near Shock Hill, which provides a great view of the whole gulch and its various ponds nestled in the forest. The Tenmile Range and Breckenridge Ski Area tower above the gulch. Look closely below to see if you can see a coyote or family of ducks.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||150 ft|
|Duration||1 to 2 hours|
|Season||Best from end of May to October|
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