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Huerfano/Lily Lake Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sangre de Cristo Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Lindsey
Road Type:  Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Very Rough 2WD access to the upper trailhead at 10,700’. Good clearance required. 4WD may be required in spring when large puddles and mud are present.
- Drive to the town of Gardner, northwest of Walsenburg on Colorado 69.
- From Gardner, head west for about 1/2 mile on CO 69 and turn west on the road to Mosca Pass. There should be brown Forest Service signs on CO 69 indicating the turn.
- Just after the start of this road, a Forest Service sign states "Upper Huerfano - 21.5" and "Lily Lake Trhd - 22.5".
- After 7.0 miles the road turns to dirt.
- Continue 4.8 miles to a junction and stay left on Forest Road 580.
- Drive 3.4 miles and enter private property where a "Forest Access" sign reads "Upper Huerfano - 5.3 mi."
- Continue 0.5 mile and stay left at the entrance to the Singing River ranch. The road becomes rough, narrow, but still 2WD.
- Continue 0.9 mile and pass the entrance to the Aspen River ranch. The road becomes more difficult.
- Drive 3.4 miles to enter the San Isabel National Forest.
- Drive 0.8 mile and pass a small sign for the Huerfano and Zapata trails.
- Drive 1 more mile to the end of the road at the Lily Lake TH.
Winter Access:  Usually closed near the ranches, many miles below the TH.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2015-07-24 How far is it from the road closure to the big landslide? After this part of the world dries out, some of us locals, who know the road and the basin well, would like to walk up and see it. Su-zen         
2015-07-20 According to www.huerfano.com and the local forest service office, county Road 580 is closed and there is no access to the trailhead without trespassing. Does anyone have any other info regarding this and/or experience? VanduraTom    2      
2015-07-19 Looking for an update on this road closure situation. Thanks. BobbyDuncan         
2015-07-12 The new road closure for Lindsey after the landslide. New parking area - 37.681929, -105.404744 (put these coordinates into google maps) Where the road is now gated with concrete barriers - No parking is allowed here, but you can drive to this point. This is at the entrance to the Aspen River Ranch. - 37.671903, -105.425604 There is a sign that states "Do not enter - Landslide area" at the gate. This is likely to be permanent closure for the rest of the summer, possibly for years to come. According to the mileage info, it means the new parking area is 6.6 miles from the trailhead, and the gated closure is 5.2 miles from the trailhead. mtn_nut         
2015-07-05 Make other plans. The side of the hill, trees and all, just slid across the road. The emergency diversion road (lets folks out) will not hold up to traffic and is degrading. As there were already a couple other slides this week, hold off until you know conditions are good, or risk getting stuck... Photos here http://www.14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=46920 TallGrass  2       
2015-07-04 Road Closed!!? Be best to call. As noted, serious mud slide. Thanks a MILLION (or 2 cold beers;)) to the locals on ATVs, that led us out! Bailey Tyson  1  1      
2015-07-04 The road about 2 miles below the Mt Lindsey TH/Lily Lake TH this morning had a very large landslide which covered it up, which left quite a few people stranded above this morning. A group of us with 4x4‘s were led down by ranchers on 4 wheelers on what I was told was the "old road", which is how myself and others were able to get out. The slide was pretty large, the crew said it could take a few days to clear out, so I‘d wait a few days to try to get up there, or even perhaps call someone with Huerfano Co. to confirm when the slide is cleared up. Sorry for no pictures, there was not a chance. YooperJonKornely    1    
2015-07-03 Road was dry on July 1st up to trail head, drove down today and there was lots of deep pools of water potential wash out about 2 miles from trail head. Antoinette17    2      
2015-06-30 Clear and dry all the way to the trailhead. Annoyingly bumpy road, might be rough on a low clearance vehicle, but saw a Nissan Altima at the trailhead. My Mercury Mariner had no problems. Just long and bumpy. Also not a whole lot of camping spots without atleast hiking in some on the trail, makes car camping a little crowded. derekgraven         
2015-06-14 Road is clear all the way. 2 small water puddles and rough roads ahead but that is normal. You should still have decent clearance this will always be a bumpy rocky road. kedge         
2015-05-31 Road was almost completely washed out Sunday (5/31) afternoon on the way back out around the Aspen River Ranch. Got very lucky that my buddy had a shovel, we had to built a ramp on the washed out road to get clearance enough for my Impreza to make it over the foot deep walls of the river running through the middle of the road. Would have had to leave my car there if it wasn‘t for the shovel and the ramp we built. There were two puddles in that area, and then another puddle about 6-10" deep about 1.5 miles from the trailhead. **DO NOT even attempt this road unless you have a truck or jeep for the next week or so, maybe more. It was starting to rain after we left and the water running into the road isn‘t going to let up so this wash out is likely to get worse. aholle88  1       
2015-05-25 I was able to rally drive my Subi to within 0.7mi of the trailhead. Snowbanks that will stop all 2WD vehicles are at about 3 miles. If you have some clearance, skill and 4WD, you can get close. Beyond my spot, a truck got about 0.18mi further. It‘s shady, with a hill and curve, so it will take a few more days to a week to melt further. Parking spots for about 6 vehicles at the current limit. bergsteigen         
2015-05-17 Snow banks still present 2 miles from the trail head, but melting fast and should be 4WD passable within a couple weeks if there are no more significant storms. There are some small down trees that would need to be cleared, would recommend bringing an axe. asarsam         
2015-04-24 Some passable snow banks at 20mi up from CO 69 if you have decent traction and clearance. At ~20.5mi the snow increases and it‘s not passable, just shy of the FS boundary. Drifts up to several feet deep and it is all shaded, so it might be several weeks before they melt...I dunno. There‘s also 2 downed trees (9"? Diameter) beyond the FS boundary. I took care of two trees down lower on the road. Not sure how Lindsey is. I broke a binding a little bit beyond the creek crossing. FML Dr. Worm    3      
2015-04-05 Large fallen tree blocking road about 2.5 miles below Lower Huerfano/Zapata TH. If someone does remove tree, there are still large snow drifts starting about .5 mile up from there that as of Sunday would be impassable by a vehicle. mollykay         
2015-03-30 Snow blocking the road about 2.5 miles from upper traiIhead. Bring snow shoes or skis unless you like postholing. M1keey         
2014-12-07 Were able to drive an Xterra up to the Forest Service boundary just below the lower TH. Had to get out and push a few times though. A foot of snow on the road that is problematic at the steeper sections. Very inconsistent, ranging from totally snow covered for 100m and then completely dry for 100m. Past the lower TH it is a consistent 6inches - foot of snow with a drift or two. If you can make it up the snowy hills at the FS boundary without issue...You could probably make it to the upper TH. From where we stopped it took an hour and a half to reach the upper TH. thurs         
2014-10-24 Drove the trailhead in my Wrangler today. I would like to say that as of today, you can make all the way to the upper trailhead with a good, high clearance 4WD vehicle. However, I watched as a 2WD older Ford Focus with tiny tires (compared to my Jeep, anyway) drove up to the upper lot just like me! The driver was obviously very skilled. And the Focus was old enough that a couple extra dents wouldn‘t matter. The puddles are still there, but today the road was snow-free. Hasn‘t been snow for a while. In fact, the road was very dusty. Other than the few extra puddles, right now the road is basically the same as it is in summer. After Sunday‘s cold front moves through, who knows? Obviously even a light snow can change everything. flyingmagpie         
2014-10-19 Still pretty nice conditions on the road. Less water in the 3? pooled-up areas on the road than last weekend. Lots of hunters & big trucks and activity on the lower part of the road. Eagle Eye         
2014-10-18 Made it to upper trailhead with 4WD Toyota Tacoma no problems. Minimal water in 3 pools (~6" deep). Minimal to no mud on road. Lily lake trail received some snow/rain on 10/18, minimal accumulation. Trailhead was devoid of people 10/17 and 10/18 except for our party. wackogracko         
2014-10-12 Not much trouble driving to the TH. Some mud and snow on the road made it a little slippery. Deep water in at least 3 places. See photo. Eagle Eye  1       
2014-09-01 The road is dry except for a small pool of water no deeper than 4-5 inches. esagas         
2014-08-22 Got through the mudslide fine with my ford ranger in 2 wheel drive. Didn‘t seem like the mud was that deep. Apart from that a couple of pools that I had to drive through toward the end of the road. No real problem wasn‘t more than a few inches deep. bdrumm06         
2014-08-17 Seems like another mudslide. I think this one is about 2.5 miles from the TH still. 1500 feet below the TH according to my GPS. Wished I had an earlier start to the day because there is some great parking just before the mud mess. The mud is pretty thick and sticky. I almost got stuck and think I was lucky to be able to get out of it in my Outback. Photo attached. You can‘t even see my tire tracks anymore b/c the mud is so goopy. About 1/4 mile before this point, there is a little-used road that seems to rejoin this road. Vehicles with high clearance could use it to possibly get around this. I went down that path but chickened out when I could no longer see vehicle tracks (nor what I was really driving over under all that grass). Very disappointing morning. MissH  1  2      
2014-08-03 A mudslide took out a portion of the road Sunday morning ~mile below the trail head. They got it cleared in the afternoon and cars were able to pass but it might continue to be a problem area if more rain rolls in. jwgrosser  1  1    

The TH parking area (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-03)Start of the trail on the west side of the parking area (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-03)Water crossing between Singing River and Aspen River Ranches (Added by: wildbrookie on 2007-11-26)Typical ice coverage on 11/24/07 (Added by: wildbrookie on 2007-11-26)Huerfano/Lily Lake TH  parking lot from th sign– April 26, 2008 (Added by: cpstoney on 2008-04-27)Zap trail (Added by: yodmc714 on 2012-06-05)fawn (Added by: yodmc714 on 2012-06-05)

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