The Paintbrush Quest
Part 3: Santa Clara Divide Road (3N17) West
Mill Creek Summit to North Fork Saddle
including Mt. Gleason and Messenger Peak
This part of the quest would require travel along the road to and beyond Mt. Gleason. We contacted the Forest Service about access to this road, which is closed following the Station Fire of 2009. While we could walk in, the distance is beyond a straightforward day hike. Unfortunately, the road itself is in poor condition, which is why it understandably remains closed to vehicular traffic.
Thus this section of our quest remains unfulfilled at this time.