McAllister Gulch

Total Miles
12.1

Elevation

3,559.67 ft

Duration

2 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This is a fun climb through the mountains, starting at Camp Hale. Climb to the top of Resolution Mountain with incredible views of Mt. Holy Cross. Then, descend Shrine Pass Road by way of Wearyman Creek. There is an option to make this trip a loop if you turn right at Wearyman Creek and travel up to Ptarmigan Pass. Camping available at south end of Camp Hale for a fee. Open June 21-November 22.

Photos of McAllister Gulch

McAllister Gulch
McAllister Gulch
McAllister Gulch

Difficulty

Mostly moderate, except for one steep, rocky spot pictured on opposite page. Most stock 4x4s can get up it when dry with an experienced driver. Option: turn right at Wpt. 05 (see map).

History

Camp Hale was established in 1942 as a winter training post for the army. At its peak, the camp housed about 16,000 soldiers, 14,000 of whom were members of the famous 10th Mountain Division. In addition to barracks, the post included mess halls, a hospital, chapel, fire station, post exchange, stockade, ski shop, bakery and an ice-making plant. Information boards are located on Highway 24 and throughout the area.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Decagon Froths
Jun 08, 2024
2006 Lexus GX
Temporarily Closed
Seasonal Closure
Closed Gate
Trail Restoration
Downed trees before and after the gate.
Joshua Bartels
Mar 04, 2024
4x4
Temporarily Closed
Seasonal Closure
This trail is not closed, in fact it was repaired and reopened in August of 22. It is also open to over snow vehicles in the winter.
Milo Ganze
Feb 20, 2024
SxS
Permanently Closed
Locked Gate
Officially Closed Sign
this trail has been closed at the bridge on shrine pass since 2018!!!
Steve C
Jul 28, 2023
4x4
Open
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
Muddy/Wet

Access Description

From Leadville: Take Hwy. 24 north from Leadville about 17 miles to entrance of Camp Hale. From Shrine Pass Road: See directions for Trail #50.

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