McMillan Peak and Ohio Peak

I’ve been complaining about this on Twitter but it’s a real problem: getting an alpine start when you work until 11pm and then you’re wired and can’t sleep is next to impossible. I’d had some ideas about bigger peaks in the Sneffles range and elsewhere along Red Mountain Pass but ultimately settled on a pair of 12ers above Brooklyn Road because I could leave the house at 7:30 and have plenty of time.

Things went according to plan until I wound up behind a herd of sheep being driven up onto a chunk of private land around Red Mountain 3. I sat stopped for a bit while the herders seemed to be taking a mid morning break. Since none of them signaled to me or said anything, I put Ruth in 4-low and just started creeping through the herd. It seemed to work.

Finally, reaching US Basin, I started a pretty direct ascent up the western slopes of McMillan Peak. Sprocket was delighted to find some snow on its flanks and before long we’d reached the 12,804′ peak.

I ran down the slopes of McMillan while Sprocket frolicked his way along.

It wasn’t long before we reached the Ohio Peak-McMillan Saddle where some old mining remains were.

It was sunny and gorgeous and the mountains were making me smile so we took a little break to lay down in the alpine grass.

Or I did, anyway. Sprocket seemed to want to move on. We made out way to the summit of Ohio Peak, 12,673′, where I briefly considered continuing on to another 12er, Anvil Peak but decided against it worrying about the endurance of the SP. We made our way back to US Basin along the ridge and then descended through the most beautiful wildflower bloom I’ve ever seen back to the road.

2 thoughts on “McMillan Peak and Ohio Peak”

  1. What is it like living in a small Colorado town? I live on the other side of the country, and hike the AT for fun. I visited Colorado 2 years ago and loved it except for the thunderstorms. I dream of living in an area where I can hike with views like this! There is a chance I could relocate and keep my job (just need a good internet connection). My company has an office in Denver, but I think I would love to live closer to the mountains. I live in suburbia. I’ve never lived in a small town. I’m thinking I need a trip next summer to check out more areas of Colorado(we visited Fort Collins, Estes Park, Boulder, etc before). Boulder is expensive. Denver was not appealing to me at all. I have a friend in Fort Collins, and part of me sees that this area has water shortage issues so why aggravate it by moving there. And if you live too close to the mountains in that area, there are forest fire issues. But I’m still really curious about Colorado. I have hiked in Switzerland (for me, this is the most beautiful place ever for hiking), and your piece of the world reminds me of it.

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