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West Winfield Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sawatch Range
14ers Served:  La Plata Peak
Road Type:  Moderate 4WD, long wheel base vehicles not recommended. Good clearance required. 4   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD dirt to Winfield. 4WD to 10,700'.
Directions:  From Leadville: Drive 20 miles south on U.S. 24 and turn right on the Chaffee County 390 road. From Buena Vista: Drive 14.5 miles north on U.S. 24 and turn left on the Chaffee County 390 road. On the 390 road (dirt), drive 11.3 miles to Winfield. There are a bunch of log buildings here. From Winfield, continue north for a short distance (less than 100 yards) to a fork. Go right up a road bordered by a fence that may present a challenge for some passenger cars. After about 0.4 miles, the road passes the Winfield Cemetery, which is marked by an explanatory sign. Shortly thereafter, there is a sign that warns cars without high clearance not to continue, and a loop that allows for some good parking places. Alternately, the first part of the road is not much worse than what has already been traveled, and some parking spots can be found along its sides. About 1.4 miles after the sign, in a meadow at about 10,700, a rough but obvious road rises to the right. (The turn has coordinates 38° 59.560N, 106° 28.141W). All-terrain vehicles may wish to continue driving several hundred yards to a gate and the registration box up a steep, rocky, and sometimes muddy road. On busy summer weekends, several vehicles can park here.
Winter Access:  Closed near 9,200 feet - many miles below the TH.
Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2008-06-22 Road is clear all the way to the trailhead; it is very rough and rocky beyond the cemetery, and there are 2 stream crossings. KeithK         
2008-06-22 At Winfield spoke with local summer residents who advised that remains of a winter snow avalanche still blocked access to the trail head at 10,700 ft. BTW another avalanche from the north side of the valley at Winfield hit a cabin knocking it off it‘s foundation. Hardboater         
2008-03-07 Rode a snowmobile to 10,700‘ in the meadow where the smaller road turns uphill. Deep snow in the area, but sleds have packed down the trail to this area. BillMiddlebrook         
2007-07-09 07-08-07 The trail leading west of Winfield is pretty much clear all the way to the open field just shy of the trailhead. There is posted for high clearance 4x4 only. A smart driver can make it with AWD. ccunnin         
2007-05-26 The road to Winfield is clear and the 4x4 road is clear for at least a mile. I didn't drive any further, but I didn't encounter any snow. There is quite a bit of runoff water running down the 4x4 road though. Chris P.         
2006-11-13 Road is clear to Winfield, could make it at least partways to the 4WD trailhead if willing to drive over boulders with several inches of snow SarahT         
2005-06-30 Drove the 4Runner to the 4x4 parking area without any problems on 18Jun2005. Some big rocks make a high clearance vehicle necessary. Fluffy         
2005-05-22 I drove the Clear Creek road today, and the road is clear and passable for all vehicles to the Winfield townsite. I did not continue beyond the town. Chicago Transplant         

From Winfield, this shows the junction at which to bear right. (Added by: Hiking Mike on 2007-07-22)A sign warns of clearance obstacles slightly after the cemetery. (Added by: Hiking Mike on 2007-07-22)Looking back, the road is rough but negociable for the appropriate vehicles. (Added by: Hiking Mike on 2007-07-22)This is the end of a meadow at 10,700‘. Take the obvious road to the right (Added by: Hiking Mike on 2007-07-22)After the turn in the meadow, the road is considerably rougher. (Added by: Hiking Mike on 2007-07-22)This gate is directly adjacent to the registration box. (Added by: Hiking Mike on 2007-07-22)

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