McMillan Peak: ‘A treasure to be shared’

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McMillan Peak: ‘A treasure to be shared’

Spacious summit, enthralling views atop McMillan Peak
Betsy Peterson, 84, has led over 200 people up McMillan Peak. In 2016, she was sharing the welcoming west slopes with old man of the mountain (alpine sunflower).
Red Mountains No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 showcase their everlasting brilliant display. They are McMillan’s neighbors to the north.
Forest Service Road 825 and County Road 14 are indicated with the red line. Ascend southeast in U S Basin to the ridge and then northeast to the summit of McMillan Peak. Return on the North Loop or the more challenging South Loop. Ohio Peak is an optional spur hike.

McMillan Peak: ‘A treasure to be shared’

Betsy Peterson, 84, has led over 200 people up McMillan Peak. In 2016, she was sharing the welcoming west slopes with old man of the mountain (alpine sunflower).
Red Mountains No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 showcase their everlasting brilliant display. They are McMillan’s neighbors to the north.
Forest Service Road 825 and County Road 14 are indicated with the red line. Ascend southeast in U S Basin to the ridge and then northeast to the summit of McMillan Peak. Return on the North Loop or the more challenging South Loop. Ohio Peak is an optional spur hike.
Trail basics

Travel: The turnoff from U.S. Highway 550 is just south of mile marker 80, less than a quarter mile south of Red Mountain Pass. Turn east on unsigned Forest Service Road 825 and start measuring distance from there. You will need four-wheel drive and decent clearance on this steep but good dirt road. The track heads generally southeast. At 0.7 mile, turn right on San Juan County Rroad 14. Pass St. Paul Lodge & Hut. The road splits at 1.0 mile, turn right. Cross Big Horn Gulch at 1.3 miles. Park in the pullout on the left at 1.7 miles.

Total Time: 3 to 4½ hours depending on route

Difficulty: Off-trail; navigation moderate; no exposure

Maps: Ironton; Silverton, Colorado 7.5’ USGS Quads

Distance and Elevation Gain

North Loop: 3.3 miles; 1,300 feet

South Loop: 4.2 miles; 1,500 feet

McMillan and Ohio Peaks: 5.6 miles; 1,900 feet