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Chihuahua Gulch Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Front Range
14ers Served:  Grays Peak, Torreys Peak
Road Type:  Moderate 4WD, long wheel base vehicles not recommended. Good clearance required. 4   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Easy 4WD up to the Peru Creek road.4WD up the Chihuahua Gulch road.
Directions:  Take U.S. 6 to the west end of Keystone. If you are driving east on U.S. 6, take the exit for Montezuma Road before U.S. 6 begins its climb to Loveland Pass. If you are driving west (from Loveland Pass), turn left into the River Run area of the Keystone Ski Resort. Take another quick left and drive a bit to get to the Montezuma Road. Drive ~4.3 miles on the Montezuma road and turn left on the 260 (dirt) road. There is a large parking area at the start of this road. You do not need 4WD to get to the trailhead but do not drive a low-clearance vehicle up this road. From the parking area, drive along Peru Creek approx. 2.25 miles to the trailhead (left). There is a small parking area on the right. If you have a short, high-clearance 4WD vehicle, you can continue another 2 miles up the rough Chihauhau Gulch road.
Winter Access:  Closed at the start of the Peru Creek road.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2014-07-21 The wash-out on Montezuma Rd now has a temporary detour over the river to allow access to Peru Creek Trail and Chihuahua Trail head. I used the detour on or about July 12th. Skieric         
2014-06-09 Access to Peru Creek, Chihuahua Gulch, Horseshoe Basin, and Argentine Pass is closed until further notice. Last week the Snake River washed out a 45-foot length of road just west of the Peru Creek Trailhead, 0.6 miles west of the entrance to the town of Montezuma. The flooding caused severe road damage to a half-mile stretch of road west of the washout site, with the entire south lane destroyed in many spots. Road & Bridge will work throughout the summer to rebuild the washed-out section of road. Access for the general public may remain closed throughout the summer. Summit County officials announced they have closed Montezuma Road until further notice, prohibiting access to trailheads, trails and roads on national forest lands east of the flood site. The closure applies to skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, bikers, off-roaders and all other recreationalists looking to access Peru Creek Trailhead/Peru Creek Road, Chihuahua Gulch Road, Chihuahua Lake Trail, Sts. John Road, Webster Pass Road, Deer Creek Trailhead and Deer Creek Road, Morgan Gulch Road, Cinnamon Gulch Road, Argentine Pass Trail, Lenawee Trail, Warden Gulch Road, access to Grays and Torreys peaks, and the Continental Divide Trail from Grays Peak to Whale Peak. The easternmost turnaround location for vehicles with trailers is at a roadblock 3.12 miles east of the intersection of Highway 6 and Montezuma Road. Recreation-specific updates can be found at the White River National Forest website (www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver), by navigating to the Alerts and Notices page using the button in the website‘s upper right column. More information is available by calling the Dillon Ranger District at 970-468-5400. 14erFred         
2013-07-09 Walked up the 4WD road into Chihauhau Gulch today. The stream crossing near 10,900 is still fairly deep but there‘s a small log-bridge to the right, just before the road crosses the stream. The upper road is fairly dry. BillMiddlebrook         
2011-07-01 Dillon Ranger District states the Peru Creek road (FR 260) is now open to the Chihuahua Gulch trailhead (10,400 ft.) near the start of the Chihuahua Gulch Jeep Trail. 14erFred         
2008-07-13 Hiked to the Chihuahua Gulch TH from the base of the Chihuahua Gulch 4WD Road. Encountered several streams, but none were too deep, and all stock SUVs and trucks with descent clearance should be able to make it no problem. You sometimes had to scope the area first to find the best route across, but all streams were passable by foot. Chicalorado         
2008-06-28 Open and dry to the TH. From the trailhead, I continued on ATV to the end of the Chihauhau Gulch road - encountered some deep stream crossings but no snow. BillMiddlebrook         
2007-05-26 gate is still closed at peru creek parking lot. hiked to chihuahua TH and it doesnt require snowshoes but still had snow. bombing         
2006-12-07 I drove up Montezuma road to the Peru Creek trailhead; the winter closure gate was locked. I then skinned up Peru Creek Road, which had alot of snowshoe/skin/snowmobile tracks all the way up to the Chihuahua Gulch trailhead, where I saw a single skin trail going up Chihuahua Gulch. Folks I met on Peru Creek Road said they went all the way up to Horseshoe Basin. blakeduncan         
2006-12-07 I called the Ranger District office in Idaho Springs, and they said the Guanella Pass Road from Georgetown was plowed up to Clear Lake, 3 miles up, and then the road became 'impassable'. blakeduncan         
2005-06-08 The 260 road is completely open. BillMiddlebrook         
2005-06-06 On Wed. June 1st the gate was still closed at the Montezuma Road. ColoradoScott         
2005-05-22 As of 5/22 the gate is still closed at the start of the Peru Creek (260) road. BillMiddlebrook         

Chihauhau trailhead and parking (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2008-06-28)The start of the upper (4wd) Chihauhau Gulch road (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2008-06-28)The end of the Chihauhau Gulch road and start of the trail (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2008-06-28)Near 11,200‘ – Chihauhau Gulch left, Ruby Gulch right (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2008-06-28)

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