McAllister Gulch

Red Cliff, Colorado (Eagle County)

Last Updated: 08/06/2019
4.4 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
Information
Nearby Trails
Status: Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 06/21 - 11/15
Length: 9.9 miles
Highest Elevation: 11658 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Red Cliff
Nearest Town w/ Services: Minturn
Official Road Name: 708
Management Agency: White River National Forest
District: Eagle- Holy Cross Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: McAllister Gulch
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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Route Information

Technical Rating:
( MODERATE - DIFFICULT )

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Waypoints

1. Camp Hale Trailhead (0 mi)
Continue down the smoother portion of FSR 708 out of Camp Hale.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.447931, -106.319081

Starting Point: Minturn

Take Highway 24 south out of Minturn. Turn left onto FSR 708 and follow the signs for McAllister Gulch.

Camping

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Trail Reviews (14)

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Status: Temporary Closure
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Was our intended trail today, sign at the bottom of the trail said closed due to landslides and the gate was locked.

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Status: Open
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Great trail! We traveled in the recommended direction, but turned around at the Rock Garden at waypoint 7 (had some coolant and power steering fluid leaks). Before waypoint 7, it's real steep. It was a bit muddy with the snow from the previous week. Heads up: We drove down Shrine Pass road, and saw a gate closed where this connects to Shrine Pass Road (technically this trail intersects with Ptarmigan, and that hits Shrine). Again, not sure if you can just loop with Ptarmagan or where/if you have to turn around.

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Status: Open
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Fun trail. Mostly in the forest. Description is pretty spot on. Plan was to connect with Ptarmigan Pass trailhead but had to turn around as there are still some snow field & mud on the north face. Also, it's well worth the quick run to the summit at waypoint #9. Killer view !

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Status: Open
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Ran McAllister Gulch from Camp Hale. This trail was enjoyable I would rate this trail moderate our stock 4Runner Limited ran it with no issues. Trail was very dusty, also there were quite a bit of people on the trail with rented ATVs and side by sides.

Author:
Status: Partially Open
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Ran McAllister Gulch from Camp Hale. Note that there's a closure at Worrryman Creek junction and you can't get through to Shrine Pass. We weren't sure of the conditions going on via Worryman Creek/Ptarmigan Pass, so we reversed and came back out the same way. Excellent day with great wildflowers!

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Status: Open
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I ran the full loop from Camp Hale up 702 to the hut and then down 747 to 708 and back to Camp Hale. Took about 3.5 hours. The trail was mostly dry with some puddles from rain the previous day. I drive a 98 LX 470 with low range center diff but no front or rear lockers 2 1/2 inch lift 35 inch tires. It was definitely a challenging run on the backside but my truck performed flawlessly and frankly the truck had more confidence than I had in myself. It was a great feeling to make it back to Camp Hale completely unscathed although I will admit there were some times back on 747 and 708 that I was feeling a little nervous.

Author:
Status: Open
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Ran the full McAllister - Ptarmigan loop on 9/28. The main loop is now open but the short segment of Wearyman Creek connecting to Shrine Pass is still closed. We had to come in from Camp Hale. This is a gorgeous fall colors trip with frequent patches of aspens along the trail. The leaves were probably about a week out from peak but still beautiful. I found this trail a little less challenging than I expected, with no real obstacles to speak of. The long steep climb up to the high point of McAllister was fun and the views were spectacular. Glad this trail was open for at least a little while this season.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
Trail is closed via a Forest Order due to washouts or something. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd641734.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1DWHuOBc6xtYbYsaqwVXygGn1WOMlwqXMftGRCg3mbpaQXauLLfVUwGJs

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Status: Partially Open
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There is a foot to foot and a half of snow on the trail. The two in our group with both front and rear lockers /probably/ could have completed it. However, we had to turn back around waypoint 11. The folks with open diffs could not make it up some of the hills in the snow. One vehicle slid off the trail trying to get up and had to winch himself out. Very scenic, will definitely try again next year after the thaw.

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Status: Open
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Trail was dry and in good shape. Not sure I would recommend without at least a rear locker. I would say this is at the upper end of "moderate." It's doable but if you don't have a lot of articulation and are on open diffs things will get hairy. The south side starts to get a little claustrophobic and steep, but when you break out of the trees it is all worthwhile. The quick spur to the right at waypoint nine is the summit of Resolution Mountain and totally worth checking out. We camped up there and it is one of the most impressive spots I have camped at in Colorado. The top of Hornsilver would also be an epic spot. The view of Holy Cross there is incredible. At the end where it joins up with Ptarmigan (Rd 747) you will follow Wearyman creek downstream to get to Shrine pass road. 747 was basically a creek the entire way, and, again, I was very happy to be locked front and rear and just crawl this stuff. Water was 1.5' deep in many spots and moving quick. Side note: this trail is a Razr killer. 4 dead ones at various spots, all with major suspension breakage.

Author:
Status: Open
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Trail is totally clear and snow free. This is a great trail with phenomenal 360 degree views and some areas to really test out your rig.

Author:
Status: Open
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Trail is in decent condition. Still plenty of snow in the middle of the steep climbs. Had to turn back at this point (probably could have shoveled enough of the banks to make it easily passable).

Author:
Status: Open
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awesome trip. rock garden a little slippery in the wet, but not too bad. beautiful views up top!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Ran the trail on July 4th. No snow to speak of and really dusty and dry. We took the spur road at waypoint 9 to the top of Resolution Mountain. Great views up there! We had 4 rigs, but I would expect you could get a few more up there to turn around. On the north end, there are a few surprise tree branches sticking out, so be careful of those. We finished the day up by combining this with Ptarmigan.

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: How are Shrine, Ptarmigan and McAllister looking? Anywhere close to opening yet? Thanks in advance! :)
–Shawna (07/06/2019)
–Ryan Boudreau (07/08/2019)
Q: The GPX file isn't showing any route or waypoints...
–Mark Whiteside (04/01/2018)
–Tracy Barker (04/14/2018)

Writer Information

Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Hi, I'm Ryan! I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion". I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure. My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others. If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.
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