McAllister Gulch  
USGS 7.5' Map: Red Cliff, Pando
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Moderate 5 FR 708 10.10 9,360 to 11,900 ft. Steep Climb - 1
Rock - 1
4-5 hours
County: Eagle
Adopted by:      
Managed by: White River National Forest,
Holy Cross Ranger District
24747 US Hwy 24 (P.O. Box 190)
Minturn, Colorado 81645
Summary: McAllister Gulch 4WD road climbs from Camp Hale, CO. to a ridge between Resolution Mountain and the top of Hornsilver Mountain, then back down to the Shrine Pass road via a short section of Wearyman Creek 4WD road.
Attractions: Scenery, Steep Climb
Agency - Nov 16 to May 30
Best Time: June - May still be snowed in
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Camping: There are a few dispersed camp sites at the south end of the McAllister Gulch Road near Camp Hale.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp. Other roads in the area are Holy Cross City FR759, Shrine Pass FR709, Lime Creek FR728, Wearyman Creek FR747, and No Name FR705.
Fall Colors: Average - There are aspen on the west side of McAllister Gulch at the lower elevations.
Navigation: From Minturn, CO. head southeast on Pine Street toward Norman Ave for 49 feet. Take the 1st left onto Norman Ave and go 279 feet. Take the 2nd right onto US-24 E/Main St and continue to follow US-24 E for 13.1 miles. Turn left onto Resolution Mountain Road and go 0.6 miles. Take a slight left onto Forest Rd 702 and go 0.5 miles. Take the 1st left onto Rd 708/McAllister Gulch and go 1.3 miles. Take a slight right to begin the McAllister Gulch 4WD road.

From Leadville, CO. head north on Harrison Ave toward East 9th Street for 141 feet. Turn right onto East 9th Street and go 0.1 miles. Take the 1st left onto US-24 W/Poplar Street and go 1.0 miles. Turn left onto US-24 W and go 14.4 miles. Turn right onto 10th Mountain Div Memorial Hwy and go 381 feet. Take the 1st right onto Camp Hale Spur 1B and go 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Eagle River Road/Forest Road 714 Continue to follow Eagle River Road for 0.7 miles. Continue onto Forest Road 702 for 240 feet. Turn left onto Road 708/McAllister Gulch and go 1.3 miles. Take a slight right onto the McAllister Gulch 4WD road.
On the south end of the McAllister Gulch road out of Camp Hale where it leaves the Resolution Creek road, FR702, there is a directional sign. You will head north as the road follows parts of an old railroad line above the highway. There are a few camp spots along this section. The road will go lower toward the creek before coming to an area of private property. You will turn northeast here and start the climb up McAllister Gulch.
Starting up McAllister Gulch

photo by:
Adam M

After passing a private house the road will follow the gulch through some open stands of trees as well as thicker areas of the forest. There will be a few steep sections as you climb up the gulch. After about a mile and a half the road will head to the east and start a continuous steep climb through a series of short switchbacks. You will come to a large boulder that is an outcrop in the road. There is a bypass. Just past this obstacle the road will turn back to the north and climb out of the tress.

As you begin driving through more open high meadows look for a road to the right, Resolution Mountain, FR108.1A. This is a very steep, but short, hill climb to the top of Resolution Mountain. FR708 continues toward the west from here crossing a high ridge off of Resolution Mountain.
The high ridge beyond Resolution Mountain

photo by:
Adam M

You will have great views of the mountains to the west. There will be small patches of forest spread out across this large sloping ridge. At the west end of this ridge is the top of Hornsilver Mountain, which the McAllister Gulch road will cross.
Top of Hornsilver Mountain

photo by:
Adam M

After about a mile and a half McAllister Gulch road will head to the north and start its decent to Wearyman Creek. There will be a series of long switchbacks through the trees with few openings to view the surrounding area. After about 2 miles you will bottom out at the creek crossing for Wearyman Creek.

After crossing the creek you will be on the Wearyman Creek, FR747, road which heads east and west following the creek, crossing from side to side. In 2014, one year after the 2013 floods, many sections of the road along the creek had been washed away. There are boulders and rocks that make up the road now with only a few sections that still contain the fill material of the old road. Some sections have the creek running down the road as it has moved from its original course. Heading west there will be a few tight sections to navigate before you cover the half mile to connect with the Shrine Pass Road, FR709.
Data updated - March 17, 2015        4WD Road driven - July 24, 2014        Copyright - 2000-2015