Mineral Park Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Mosquito Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Bross, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Cameron, Mt. Democrat
Road Type:  2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Rough 2WD dirt to the TH.
Directions:  Take Colorado 9 to the town of Alma. In the middle of town, look for a small sign for the road to Kite Lake. Turn here and drive a bit through a residential area. Drive just under 3 miles up towards Kite Lake and take a hard right onto Forest Road 415. Drive 2.75 miles to a parking lot near the Mineral Park mine in Dolly Varden Gulch. This is a large, open gravel area with plenty of parking.
Winter Access:  Closed at the Paris Mill site which is just below the turn-off onto the Mineral Park/Bristlecone road.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2014-07-26 We drove our Honda Pilot to the trailhead on July 26. No another soul on the road or at the trail head at 6:00 am. Road had running water crossing that a 2WD vehicle or low clearance vehicle would not be able to cross. Also many deep potholes with water. The "Trail head" is just the end of the road by an old mine with no signs or facilities. We ended up leaving and driving to Kite Lake Trailhead and hiked from there instead to Cameron, Lincoln and Bross. coloradobob         
2013-12-28 Not driveable beyond the Paris Mine. Is *mostly* ski-able to the trailhead. gerrys         
2010-11-19 Snow closure at the Paris Mill area, 3 miles below the trailhead. BillMiddlebrook         
2010-05-24 As of 5/24, the road is passable to within a tenth of a mile of the TH by high-clearance 4x4 vehicles. There are some snow patches to cross, but with high clearance and enough momentum going forward they are doable. We made it to a point just before the trailhead where continuous snow with no tire tracks through it blocked the remainder of the road, but you could see the trailhead from here so it didn't make any difference. About halfway up the Windy Point Road (about 1.4 miles) is where snowfields started to cross the road more frequently and if you're sketched out by that, especially with the possibility of heavy slushy snow on the trip out, this would be a good place to park. clemsonmtneer         
2010-05-16 A car could possibly get within within 2 miles of Mineral Park parking lot. There is a large dip that would be very difficult and somewhat damaging for a car. A 4x4 might make it all the way, depending on the snow. We were there on 5/15/10 and there was still too much snow, however it‘s melting out fast and should be cool in a couple weeks. Tommy Dorr         
2009-05-30 The road is clear of snow all the way to the trail head parking lot. However I wouldn't recommend 2WD until the road dries out. There was a full-road-width several-car-length puddle next to a pond I wouldn't try with a car. With 4WD it wasn't a problem. There were also a couple small streams crossing the road. Above the trail head mine there are still some drifts which some 4WD have passed. There is a large drift just before the Bristlecone Pine Scenic Area that hasn't been passed yet. After that the road is mostly clear up to around 13,000‘, then it is mostly snow covered. MountainHiker         
2009-05-17 Road clear all the way to mine parking lot. flashover00         
2009-03-01 Snow closure at the Paris Mill area, 3 miles below the trailhead. BillMiddlebrook         
2008-04-25 Snow closure at the Paris Mill area, 3 miles below the trailhead. BillMiddlebrook         
2008-01-17 The road is closed near the Paris Mill, but I was able to ride a snowmobile all the way to the Mineral Park parking area. BillMiddlebrook         
2007-05-29 Open BillMiddlebrook         
2006-08-22 8-20-06 It is an easy drive for a 4 wheel drive vehicle except for a large puddle/lake 1/2 way through it. I would not at this point take a 2 wheel drive vehicle. There were a few jeeps and ATV racing up to the summit all day long Bresch         
2006-05-24 OPEN to the Mineral Park parking area. BillMiddlebrook         
2006-05-15 With 4WD, the road is passable to within 1 mile of the Mineral Park area. I had to tow a tree off the road to get that far. There are some large snowbanks hanging in the road throughout the drive. BillMiddlebrook         
2005-06-21 The road, though potholed in many places, is completely open to Mineral Park. A passenger car with careful driving could probably make it to Bristlecone and even higher on the mtn (but why try?). Enough snow on some of the switchbacks on the upper mtn road (say 12,500) that would seem to still prohibit a 4-whl from getting to the Dolly Varden mine. gmoore72         
2005-05-31 5-31-05: I drove to the Bristlecone Pine Scenic Area today, well above the Mineral Park mine. The road above Mineral Park is 4WD. There is still one snowy portion that wasn't too bad, but definitely a high clearance spot. sisyphus         
2005-05-23 The trailhead is open. Good clearance 2WD vehicles can make it to Mineral Park. The road does have a lot of pot-holes. BillMiddlebrook         
2005-05-21 Was able to drive to within 20 feet of the Mineral Park Mine on 5/21/05. There is one large pesky snow drift at that point blocking a direct access to the parking area. The general condition of the road is passable for a 4WD. I would recommend the road for higher clearance vehicles (Standard SUV and up) at this time due to snow drifts, pot holes and mud puddles. All of these obstacles were easily passable with my stock Nissan XTerra. The last drift is going to take some time to melt out, or else a kind soul with a shovel (I unfortunately didn't have mine with me) Chicago Transplant         
2005-05-18 Made it about 1.5 miles up 415 yesterday (5/16/05) in a 4wd truck and parked because of several large snow drifts. cds         
2005-05-11 The road to Mineral Park is blocked by snow shortly after leaving the Kite Lake road. BillMiddlebrook         
2005-02-18 The 415 road to Mineral Park (from the Kite Lake Road) is closed in winter. It usually opens up in late May. When open, 2WD vehicles can drive to the Mineral Park TH. BillMiddlebrook         

At the Mineral Park TH – looking west at Bross (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-05-15)

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