Eagle County, Colorado
White River National Forest
Holy Cross Ranger District
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Forest Service Road: 709
Trail Type: Straight Through
Nearby Towns: Red Cliff
Nearby Trails: Holy Cross, McAllister Gulch, Ptarmigan Pass, Lime Creek, Benson Cabin
Trail Length: 10.8 miles
Elevation: 8,727 to 11,210 feet
This trail would be fine for any SUV, with a wide, dirt road the entire length. The views are spectacular for the entire trail, making this a very popular trip for many residents and tourists.
It is very easy to find, conveniently located next to a very large and clean rest area at I-70 exit 190. It's also a great way to cut between I-70 and Red Cliff if you wish to get to other trails in the area. It is the most convenient way to get to McAllister Gulch and Ptarmigan Pass, as well.
It starts off as a wide dirt road and there is always enough room to pass an oncoming vehicle. There are a few wider areas where you can stop to take pictures. There is also a popular hiking trail near the I-70 side, with ample parking at the trailhead.
Though this is a dusty trail it provides some beautiful views and a nice day in the mountains for almost any vehicle.
Information last updated on September 11th, 2010.
- September 11th, 2010: ran by Austin, Bob R., Dave E., Mark F., Matt K., Monica and Randy
- August 1st, 2009: ran by Bill S., Bryan, Dave B. and Patrick D.
- July 4th, 2008: ran by Julie, Mike S., Monica and Walt
- July 23rd, 2005: ran by Corrie, Eric B., Jim, Mike C., Monica, Rob C., Steve G. and Walt
From Denver, take I-70 west to exit 190. Turn left off of the exit and follow signs to Shrine Pass.
Meet at the large rest area at I-70 exit 190.