Missouri Gulch Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sawatch Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Belford, Mt. Oxford, Missouri Mountain
Road Type:  2WD, easy dirt road 1   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD dirt to the TH.
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, drive 7.5 miles to a sign for the Missouri Gulch trailhead. Turn left and drive down into the large parking area. There are restrooms here.
Winter Access:  Closed near 9,200 feet - almost 4 miles below the TH.
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2015-09-27 Pleasantly surprised. Finally some new gravel on the 390 road in just the past week. Still a fair number of washboard sections, but the potholes are greatly reduced from September 19th when I drove to Winfield. Only took 15 minutes to get from Highway 24 to Missouri Gulch on September 26th. Beer Delivery Man         
2015-07-12 One particularly deep rut at a creek crossing, mainly typical washboards with small potholes. emgordon         
2015-06-18 Road is dry all the way to trailhead. Large potholes is some areas after 3.6 miles in, but I was driving a Nissan Altima Rental and had no problems for those without 4WD vehicles. jpmindle         
2015-05-02 Still dry. Fr3ako         
2015-04-09 Dry to the TH mojah         
2015-03-23 You can drive up 7.4 miles, but can‘t turn around. So 7.2 miles or just past the switchbacks. About .55 mi from TH. Significant snow starts at 6.4 miles. bergsteigen    5      
2015-03-15 this is at the 6.3 mile mark, one of a couple places that were chewed up & hard to get through. The road is steeper than it looks! I turned around in the untraveled open area just right of the truck. Eagle Eye  1       
2015-03-15 With difficulty able to drive 6.3 miles on the 390 road. Deep snow especially in some drift areas. Mud, ice, and very slushy this day. Eagle Eye    3      
2015-03-08 Sunday I could only drive 4.6 miles on 390, which is about 3 miles short of the Trailhead. Eagle Eye    2      
2015-01-10 Fair amount of snow on the road, but you can drive to a mile from TH if you have 4wd, good tires and are very careful. Based on the packed snow past that point, don‘t expect to drive to the TH anytime soon. Yikes         
2014-12-20 Snow packed and icy in spots. No problems for 4wd/AWD. But supposed to Snow Sun/Mon. JQDivide         
2014-12-13 TH easily accessible. jmark         
2014-12-12 2WD conditions all the way to the trail head, the parking lot has some deep snow areas but can be avoided, the road itself is mostly dirt half-way and hard packed snow the rest of the way with a few icy spots leonel8a         
2014-11-23 Yesterday I drove all the way to the TH but the road is in deep snow now. (with High clearance 4WD) Drove beyond TH about 3/4 mile before turning around. Eagle Eye         
2014-10-04 Road clear of snow. Just the usual obnoxious corduroy with few pot hole fields thrown in for variety. Does anyone else think if this road were worse it would be better? MountainHiker         
2014-09-20 Still clear and in decent shape: potholes and washboards in different spots aweygandt  1       
2014-06-21 Road to TH from hwy24 is good, passable with any vehicle. chow         
2014-06-13 First three miles to the ranch have been graded/smoothed. The rest of the road is the usual washboard. It is dry and passable by any vehicle. zsmith         
2014-05-20 Clear all the way to trailhead. Drove a Prius if that tells you how accessible it is. High_On_Thin_Air         
2014-04-21 Today, the 390 road is not passible at deep snow drifts about .2 miles past the Missouri Gulch TH. High clearance is needed to get that far, as well. Deep tracks go partially into the snow drifts but not through it. No sign anyone has been able to drive past this point yet. Eagle Eye         
2014-03-22 The road to Missouri Gulch TH isn‘t passable beyond about 4 miles from the TH. If you are daring, try, and get stuck, a fantastic towing company is Gunsmoke Towing from BV :-) Trail up to the stream crossing had been post-holed (thank you whoever man-handled that snow!) and my partner and I packed it down more with skis. Definitely would recommend strapping on snow shoes or skis, the trail is packed now but the base is wonderfully deep. KymbreInDaWild  1       
2014-01-27 The 390 road is: thin ice, dry and washboard to the Clear Creek Ranch road fork (about 4 miles), more snow after 4.5 miles. I reached ~5.8 miles in deep ruts, in a wide turn-around area. The road beyond there was not recently traveled & showed signs of UNSUCCESSFUL attempts to continue! Eagle Eye         
2013-11-10 Still dry, summer-like conditions all the way, and the road is good. Eagle Eye         
2013-09-08 Drove in a rented Rav 4 with absolutely no issue. A few spots to slow down for potholes, but mainly just washboard dirt road. masonpips         
2013-08-11 Chaffe County Road 390 is passable but nothing but a large washboard with some minor potholes. That said, we made it to Missouri Gulch trailhead in a low clearance Honda Civic with no problems, just a bit slower than usual. DaveWruck         

In the parking area (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-21)In the parking area, looking at the area where the trail begins (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-21)Start of the trail (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2007-06-21)Missouri Gulch Trailhead Map/Sign (Added by: Fleischco on 2007-08-17)

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