McAllister Gulch

4.2/5 (22 reviews)
Red Cliff, Colorado (Eagle County)
Last Updated: 07/30/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

McCallister Gulch is a mildly technical trail that connects with Ptarmigan Pass and Shrine Pass that offers outstanding views of the Gore Range to the south and the Sawatch Range to the north, including clear views of the Mount of the Holy Cross. McAllister Gulch offers a good bit of history as the trailhead is located right in the midst of Camp Hale, a WWII facility, which is where the U.S. Army trained soldiers in mountain warfare.

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Trail Reviews

4.2/5 (22 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 2/5
Visited: 08/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

I used this trail to get back to Shrine Pass Rd, after Wearyman Creek (Ptarmigan Pass). Except for Resolution Point, it is (to me) a rather boring drive...unless you like driving through the woods. The views from Resolution Point are awesome...a great place for lunch if the timing is right. There is one real obstacle near the top, but also an easy bypass to the right. Starting at Camp Hale, the trail ends at the intersection with Ptarmigan Pass (at Wearyman Creek). To get out to Shrine Pass Rd, you have to drive the half mile through the shrubs (see my comments on Ptarmigan Pass). This is narrow with very few places to pass if you meet oncoming traffic. Lots of protruding branches have been cut, but pinstriping is still a risk. Take some clippers with you and help out the next drivers.
Bill Andrews
Official Crew
37550
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/30/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We were camping at Camp Hale for the weekend so we took time to run McAllister Gulch. I hadn't been there in a while but it doesn't seem to have changed much. There are many gorgeous viewpoints and tons of wildflowers. The trail was just hard enough to be a challenge in my stock Grand Cherokee. The biggest challenge was the short side spur to the top of Resolution Mountain. We had intended to exit at Shrine Pass Road (I misunderstood where the closure on Wearyman Creek was) but, as others have mentioned, that option remains closed. Instead we continued the loop up Wearyman Creek and over Ptarmigan Pass.
Trail Review: McAllister Gulch - Bill Andrews
Trail Review: McAllister Gulch - Bill Andrews
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PBenn
1700
Status: Open
Visited: 07/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

We started Shriner Pass from the I-70 end which is open except for the drive through the creek which is closed. We exited next Red Cliff and drove down US24 to Camp Hale to continue our trek up McAllister Gulch and Ptarmigan Pass. It was a nice drive through the countryside. The start of the drive was an easy dirt road until you got into the forest area where the drive got a bit rougher and tighter. All in all with the creek portion closed I would rate this trail about a 3.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/25/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

You must start this trail from Camp Hale. Spectacular views with many steep sections. A few of the areas require careful lines or a lifted vehicle, but it isn't anything too technical. This is something I would call a 4. We really enjoyed running this in a loop starting at Camp Hale and taking the Ptarmigan Pass trail to go out to the turn off to McAllister Gulch. The crossing is still closed, so there is no option to go on to Shrine Pass. There is a wide variety of scenery. I would say both Ptarmigan and Mcallister are fairly simple in a stock Jeep with careful lines in a couple of rock gardens. There is some water currently, but not enough to bother a Jeep - just enough to decorate the side of your rig so everyone knows you aren't a mall crawler. I wouldn't want to tackle the steep sections in muddy conditions though as many sections are steep grades.
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 09/20/2021

This trail does not connect to Shrine Pass as the Wearyman creek section is closed due to a landslide in 2019.

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