Three Elk Creek Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sawatch Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Columbia, Mt. Harvard
Road Type:  2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Winter Access:  Unknown
Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2015-09-06 Road going in is in worse shape than last year. Rains have really rutted the road and exposed some large rocks. I have a ‘99 Explorer, didn‘t need 4wd but low range was helpful. High clearance is a must. If you take your car up here, plan for damage. SES_17         
2014-08-19 Road is easily passable with 4wd wincoder         
2014-06-29 Very rough, washed/rutted out, at turn onto FS road, not navigable with AWD SUV (Hyundai Santa Fe). No easy alternates obvious, without creating new track, plan to park close to turn onto FS road and add the extra 0.8 miles each way to the trip (as of 6/29/14) SKYE_HI         
2012-03-28 Clear to TH. Accessible by 09 Outback if you navigate a few ruts well. kenny         
2011-05-28 Snow free to trailhead. Drove slow last .8 mile on FS road and 2WD Corolla had no clearance scrapes or difficulty. Gene913         
2010-09-18 Would suggest higher clearance vehicle for this trailhead, 4WD not mandatory. There are some rather deep ruts and rocks. Posted a picture of the turn onto FR 368, very easy to miss -particularly in the dark, not alot of signage. It's the 1st right after turning onto 368A sunny1  1       
2010-05-16 The road to the trailhead is clear of snow entirely now. Kevin8020         
2009-11-09 Trailhead is accessible, but recommend 4WD for negotiating snow, ice and mud. Road is fairly rough as well. KeithK         
2009-07-12 7/11/09 - Got our very low clearance Jetta to make it to the trail head without any problems. It was slow driving but fine for any other car. whitelj24         
2009-03-21 The road to the trailhead is clear with the exception of three small patches of snow that will probably be melted out in three days. I reached it in my Grand Cherokee (kept it in 2WD) without any problems. dustj         
2007-05-13 Was just up there today, as said before it is dry. It is pretty rocky near the where the trail leaves the road but there are 3 or 4 parking spaces there if you have some clearance. I added a picture because the trail is not signed when it leaves the road. Look from some rocks and logs marking the start. Chicago Transplant         
2007-04-29 Road is dry and easy driven (slowly w/ 2WD) CODave         
2005-06-13 Trailhead is reachable (slowly) with a 2WD sedan (6-13-05). doumall         

This is where the Three Elk Trail starts from the road, it is not signed (Added by: Chicago Transplant on 2007-05-13)Turn off to road to trailhead (Added by: sunny1 on 2010-09-19)

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