In the White River National Forest, the McAllister Gulch / Hornsilver Mountain Road #708 is a 10 mile dirt biking route that climbs to a ridgetop vista of Mt Elbert and the Sawatch Range. A loop can be formed with Wearyman Road.
Access from Vail:
- South End: From I-70, take Exit 171 for Minturn and Hwy. 24. Turn right and continue south on Hwy. 24
approximately 17 miles to Road #702 (at north end of Camp Hale immediately after crossing a bridge over the railroad tracks), turn left. Reset odometer here.
- North End (Reverse Trip): From I-70, take Exit 171 for Minturn and Hwy. 24. Turn right and continue south on Hwy. 24 for 10 miles to the Red Cliff access road on the left, immediately before crossing the historic green expansion bridge over the Eagle River. This road will lead into Red Cliff and to Shrine Pass Road #709. Turn left onto Shrine Pass Road and follow 2.5 miles to Wearyman Road #747 on your right. Follow Wearyman about 0.7 miles to the inersection with FSR 708 on the right.
Trail Highlights: From the South End, after turning off US Hwy 24 and resetting odometer, travel a very short distance, turn right following sign for FS 702. Bear left across small earthen bridge at 0.5 miles. Turn left at a T interesection where 714 goes right. Immediately turn left again onto McCallister Gulch Road—FS 708 at 1.1 miles. Bear right at 1.9 miles and 2.4 miles. The road is narrow and steep in places. The worst section is at 5.5 miles, which shouldn't be attempted when the road is muddy. At 6.0 miles you reach the high point where a steep road to the right takes a short side trip to the top of Resolution Mountain with great views. After this side oad, you will soon see Mt. of the Holy Cross ahead. Continue down to Wearyman Road—FSR 747 where you can urn left to get to Shrine Pass Road after several creek crossings, or turn right to do the Wearyman Road—FSR 47 to Resolution Road—FSR 702 and create a loop trip.
Note: Colorado residents must register their off-highway vehicle with the Colorado State Parks (303) 866-3437. Non-residents are not required to register in Colorado, if they are registered in their home states. All off-highway vehicles must have an approved muffler and spark arrester. These requirements are subject to change so make sure to contact the Colorado State Parks prior to using your off-highway vehicle.
Overall, McAllister Gulch / Hornsilver Mountain is the 64th most popular dirt bike trail of all 93 dirt biking rides in Colorado.