Mill Creek Route

Page Type
Route
Location:
Colorado, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hike
Time Required:
A long day
Difficulty:
Walk-up

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Mill Creek Route
Created On: Oct 13, 2003
Last Edited On: Oct 13, 2003

Approach


As this is doable as a day hike (although at 18.5 miles it is a long day) the entire route is covered in the Route description section.

Route Description


From the Mill Creek Trailhead follow the excellent Mill Creek Trail up to Mill Basin. The trail follows the spectacular Mill Creek Valley past meadows, aspen stands, and waterfall to timberline in Mill Basin. Here it is important to identify a spur trail that breaks off towars Storm Pass to the north otherwise you will end up following a trail towards North Bald Mountain. Storm Pass was slightly corniced when I ascended West Elk Peak in early july so you might need to leave the trail like I did. From the vicinity of Storm Pass both West Elk Peak and the Castles on its north eastern ridge become apparent. If you haven't already leave the trail and contour west then north to the gentle summit. Along the way are some interesting shoots and hoodoos on the narrower part of the ridge. Aside from the sheer length of this route it is easy. But 18.5 miles is a good long hike.

Essential Gear


This is a long day into a remote region. Bring everything you might need because you aren't going to get out of here fast.

Miscellaneous Info


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