Storm Pass Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 4,102' 1,250 m
Descent: -4,102' -1,250 m
High: 12,930' 3,941 m
Low: 9,124' 2,781 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 52% (28°)
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“Breathtaking views on this out and back trail.”— Luke H
From this point, the hike rolls gently over aspen covered hills. Soon you’ll pass over a landslide/flood recovery area and pass through a cattle gate. Here, the trail begins to get rockier and you need to climb over some steep and narrow switchbacks. The trail starts to climb higher over Mill Creek with a few steeper rocky sections before you reach the waterfall, which you’ll see from a rocky viewpoint. The waterfall is roughly 4 miles from the trailhead.
From the bench, the trail levels out as you pass through pine forest and meet up again with Mill Creek. The trail is not signed but if you are looking for it, it is obvious—there is a large cairn a few feet up-trail. Once on the trail to Storm Pass, you need to pick your way along a faint trail through overgrown willows but before long you’ll enter the wide open Mill Creek Basin up to Storm Pass and get ready to enjoy the views!
Land Manager: USFS - Gunnison National Forest - Paonia Ranger District