OverviewMcMillan Peak is a mountain summit in San Juan County, Colorado. McMillan Peak climbs to 12,805 feet (=3,903 meters) above sea level. It is a very popular peak, easily reachable from the top of Red Mountain Pass.
Trailhead: 11,060 feet (the best place to park your car is the second parking lot on the top of Red Mountain Pass, on the east side).
There is a dirt road in the summer, and usually a well ski marked trail in the winter. You just follow this trail heading in the southeast direction. You will see several old mining structures along this stretch. Soon, about 1 mile, you will see a sign for Saint Paul Lodge.
Saint Paul Lodge: 11,400 feet (only 340 feet gain), distance 1 mile.
Continue towards southeast and soon you will see a gentle rounded peak - ridge leading to the top of McMillan Peak. There are usually many ski tracks here, and the skiing is superb. There are many options, nice bowls, and lower sections offer great tree skiing.
McMillan Peak is a great place for a beginner since there are many choices for an easy terrain.
On the way to Saint Paul lodgeThe trail is described above, and it is easy to follow in the marks of other skiers.
From the lodge to the top of the peakThere are usually several path leading from the lodge to the top of the mountain. I just followed in the ski steps of other skiers (this is a very popular destination for back country skiing). The general direction is southeast. You cannot see the real top for a long time, and the slope is very gentle.
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