Kilpacker basin Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  San Juan Mountains
14ers Served:  El Diente Peak, Mt. Wilson, Wilson Peak
Road Type:  Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD Dirt
Directions:  From Telluride, drive south on Colorado 145 to Lizard Head Pass. Continue south for 5.2 miles and turn right onto Forest Road (FR) 535. Drive 5 miles on the 2WD dirt road to reach the signed, Kilpacker trailhead on the right.
Winter Access:  Usually closed a short distance up the 535 road - miles below the TH.
Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2015-05-21 Per Norwood Ranger District the road is clear to the TH DoctorBreaks         
2014-08-23 This is currently a 2wd road. Even with all the rain and mud its a low clearance Honda Fit or Prius 2wd road. Also watch closely. The turn off of 145 headed south from Telluride is on your right exactly 5.1 miles from the Lizard Head Pass sign. It is marked with a small sign that I think says 535. mspalding         
2014-06-12 Great road conditions all the way to the TH. Johnson         
2014-01-01 No sign of 4 wheeled tracks or travel on this road, except people unloading from the paved shoulder at the start of the road. There are ski and snowmobile tracks going up the road now. Eagle Eye         
2013-11-30 FR 535 right off CO 145 has a blanket of snow over it & shows no sign of having recently been driven on. A fairly deep drift area has formed at the bottom of the first incline. Eagle Eye         
2013-05-25 Driving by, so I did a little recon. Dry all the way to TH. Hiked in running shoes for a mile and a half before turning around due to deeper, patchy snow (need gaiters). Turned around before the fork. sjhiker  1       
2012-08-29 Still in good shape for 2wd passage. Very narrow first 3 miles with limited turnouts. Be wary of impatient downhill drivers. 2giqs         
2012-06-01 Road Clear and in good shape for 2wd all the way. Nelson         
2011-08-09 Easily passable by any vehicle, standard bumps and what not. The first half mile is probably the roughest and has some steep switchbacks. Tornadoman         
2011-06-01 Road is open and in great shape. Passable for all vehicles. Nelson         
2010-09-07 The directions say to turn right on "Forest Road". Please note that you should turn right (west) on Forest Road 535. There is also a sign here that says "Dunton". This intersection is about 5 miles past Lizard Head pass if you are coming from Telluride. tundraking         
2010-05-29 Completely dry to the TH. BAUMGARA         
2010-05-11 Tried to get to Kilpacker Basin TH off of hwy. 145 via Lizard Head pass. Lots of snow in the trees. Stuck for 3-1/2 hrs. Lots of shoveling!!!! Eagle eye 1         
2009-07-06 Agree 4WD not needed, however the first hill is steep by 2WD standards. Also until past that first hill the road is narrow enough that when vehicles meet, one stops at a good spot while the other slowly passes. The road surface is mostly in good maintained shape. There were a lot of horse trailers. MountainHiker         
2008-08-26 This trailhead is by no means 4wd. My first time there was in a VW Jetta and the second in a Honda Civic. No problems either time. Didn‘t even have to drive all that slow. CO Native         
2008-06-13 Road is clear to trailhead. PKR         
2006-05-19 The road is clear to the trailhead, except for one small patch of snow about 12 inches high. I was able to cross in a front drive sedan with no problems. KenE         
2005-06-09 Trailhead is open if approached from the NE. rthompson         

The entrance to the trailhead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2010-07-06)Dolores Peak (13,290) is seen beyond the trailhead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2010-07-06)Parking area (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2010-07-06)The start of the Kilpacker trail (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2010-07-06)

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