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Clear Crk./S.Winfield Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sawatch Range
14ers Served:  Huron Peak
Road Type:  Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD dirt to Winfield.
4WD to upper TH. SUVs with good clearance can make it if the road is dry.
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 11.8 miles to Winfield. Turn left and measure from here. Drive 0.1 mile to reach the lower, 2WD trailhead on the left. After 0.4 mile, the road gets rugged and narrow (4WD required). After 0.7 mile, stay right at a junction. After 1.7 miles, the Banker Mine road is to the left - stay straight on the main road and continue to the end, at 2.1 miles. The trail starts past the parking area.
Winter Access:  Closed near 9,200 feet - many miles below the TH.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2015-07-05 This TH is not as bad as some of the others with a "3" rating. Technically doable in a Subaru legacy, though maybe not recommended... Any outback, forrester, CR-V, Rav4, etc could easily make it up here. adamjm         
2015-06-26 Made it to the upper trailhead. The tree that was blocking the road has been removed. lfishsays         
2015-06-24 Didn‘t make it to the upper trailhead as there is a tree blocking the road shortly after Winfield. Bring a chainsaw or something to remove it. dweiss2    3      
2015-06-20 Road is mostly in good shape. There is a creek crossing shortly after Winfield that stopped a fair amount of people without 4 wheel drive and high clearance. I drive a stock santa fe and didn‘t think I could make it. Also saw a stock Xterra, 4 runner and Outback turn around at the crossing. Another Santa Fe made it across the creek but it did not sound good...Didn‘t seem to be an issue for high clearance vehicles. The Muddy section at 1.2 miles mentioned in previous reports is in fine shape for any car that can make it there. Guessing the creek crossing is only so rough because of the melt and it will likely be day to day going forward. Rest of the road looks good. Muddy section from previous reports pictured below at ~1pm jwgrosser  1       
2015-06-19 Drive to Upper TH is clear except for small stream crossing. jmark         
2015-06-07 Drove to upper trailhead without using 4WD in my stock Jeep. When I left on Sunday, the road at 1.3 miles in had gotten pretty chewed up. Pic attached. jmark  1  2      
2015-06-06 Drove to the upper 4WD trailhead in a stock 4Runner. There are still about seven or eight snowdrifts that have a few deep ruts through them. Another week or two and everything should be completely melted out. -AO CUaaron25         
2015-06-05 I was able to drive all the way to the 4wd trailhead today. There are some snow drifts still crossing the trail but they can be easily crossed now that there are tracks through them. I drove a Tacoma double cab with long box and 33" tires in for anyone that has never driven the trail. Most average 4x4s should have no issues getting to the trailhead so long as you watch for the odd rock. There are some muddy/wet areas to drive through but the ground is solid underneath. dogballs         
2015-06-02 I was able to drive 0.6 miles up the 4WD road in a Subaru Outback before getting stopped by a nasty rutted-out section coupled with a snow drift. After this section, there are more sporadic snow drifts covering sides of the road until it leaves the trees and winds through the meadows for another mile or so until it ends at the 4WD TH. This upper portion in the meadows was muddy in places but clear of snow. DanielL         
2015-05-30 Road open until 4wd TH, max you can go 0.3 to 0.5 miles past 2wd parking lot (around 1.5 miles from 4wd TH). Successive patterns of dry road and big snow patches, melting fast though with high temp Fr3ako  2       
2015-05-25 Road closed 0.4 miles past lower 2wd TH. Snow is melting very fast in the 10.3-12.5K range. Should be a few weeks until it is clear to upper 4wd TH yingyangsoup89         
2015-04-13 Drove to the 2WD TH with my Xterra. Road is dry until the last mile or so where some snow and mud could give 2WD vehicles problems. The 2WD TH is still covered in snow, but I drove .1 mile past it to a large dry area on the right with room for several cars. That‘s also as far as you can drive on the road - lots of snow left on the 4WD road. KTC88         
2014-12-20 Snow packed and icy in spots. No problems for 4wd/AWD. But supposed to Snow Sun/Mon. JQDivide         
2014-12-13 County Road 390 to Winfield is accessible for most vehicles. Took my Jeep with chains up about 1.5 miles towards the upper trailhead before stopping. Snow was thick the whole way from Winfield (two feet or so) and not packed down. jmark         
2014-11-22 Road is snowy and icy all the way. We reached Winfield but had to stop soon after still 1.7 miles from Huron trailhead. We started wearing snowshoes 15 minutes after leaving the car. Fr3ako         
2014-10-18 Road still free of snow all the way to the upper trail head. Made it up the 4wd road in my Subaru without too much trouble. However, if I did the road again I would try to take a higher clearance vehicle. jenkscolin         
2014-10-04 Road free of snow to upper trailhead. I could see there was a dusting from the storms remaining in a few spots off to the side in places. MountainHiker         
2014-09-14 Subaru Outback made it up to upper TH just fine. A few large mud puddles that sat in divets in the road were easily avoidable if you position your car right. Small stream crossing. No 2WD cars up there though! gabsimonelouise         
2014-09-01 tricky route to the trailhead. there are approximately 2 miles of marked 4WD terrain, of which about 85% is perfectly drivable for even a low-clearance 2WD vehicle- most is relatively flat and smooth. that being said, i was not brave enough to take my FWD 2006 Chevy Equinox past the lower trailhead and i don‘t reget my decision. it took an extra 45 minutes to walk each way to/from the trailhead/campsite, but there were a handful of really muddy spots i am SURE i would have gotten stuck in. if you are an experienced & proficient off-road terrain driver, i am willing to wager you could take some extra time and make it through. stephakett         
2014-08-09 Easy drive in a 2012 Jeep GC. I saw a Ford Escape and Subaru Forester make it as well. Drive slowly and you will make it fine. aiyers    1      
2014-08-03 somewhat muddy, made it to TH in subaru outback. there are 2 rather large pot holes and a stream about 3 inches deep. made it through without issue. cyrrus         
2014-07-20 I also made it up the 4WD road in a Forester. The road was not intimidating at all--bumpy but consistent with few potholes. The last 1/2 mile or so to the trailhead is fairly smooth, and there are plenty of places to stop and camp (or turn around if your vehicle has too low a clearance). MountainMetaphor         
2014-07-12 Made it up in a new Forester without issue. Some bug mud spots to be careful of. Smaller car is def a no-go on this road. LetsGoMets         
2014-07-05 Managed the 4WD road in a Nissan Rogue (similar to a Forester or CRV). There was one larger spot to cross water on the way in at 7am, and by the afternoon there were 3 spots with water. Not too difficult, and a ton of fun! aweygandt         
2014-06-01 The 4WD road is clear all the way to the upper TH. esagas         

Start of the trail at the end of the road (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-03)In Winfield, turn left near the buildings (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-21)In Winfield, looking down the road to the trailhead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-21)This is usually the worst spot of the 4WD road – about 0.6 miles up. (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2010-08-26)Parking area at upper (4WD) trailhead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2010-08-26)

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