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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    
2013-11-10 I parked at the two-wheel drive trailhead at Winfield. The road is bumpy in areas and has patches of ice, but is easily passable by a sturdy two-wheel drive vehicle. From Winfield I hiked up the road to the actual trailhead from there. I do not recommend anyone take a four-wheel drive vehicle passed Winfield due to the amount of ice and snow covering the road. It doesn‘t seem like to me it is worth potentially sliding off the road to save a few miles on this hike. Dobbs77         
2013-09-29 Road is fine up to Winfield 2wd trailhead. I made it in my Civic. There were all types of vehicles at the 4wd trail head to include Subarus and BMW SUVs. I did not think the road looked that bad (and apparently so did all the vehicles who went up the road). Fall colors are almost at peak. mrschaible         
2013-07-07 We climbed Huron from this trailhead on 7/7/2013. Some of the reports on here say that if you have a 4WD vehicle you can get to the trailhead with "no problem." True. There are indeed only a couple of minor problem spots to navigate. However, I thought I would caution people that if indeed you have a brand new vehicle or one you do not want to damage in any way, you might think twice about doing this. You do need good clearance under your vehicle not to hit a rock. And if the road is in any way muddy you could get stuck. It‘s possible. But overall, yes, it is navigable. BobCassiday         
2013-06-13 road is dry through the 4W section dangoldberger         
2013-06-03 The road to the upper TH is mostly clear, only about a 10 foot span of snow covering any part of the trail. The roughest part of the road is pictured and the Forester did fine. runaroundaroo  1       
2013-05-25 You can drive to the end of the 4WD section with just two sections that still need to melt out. I saw a Subaru as well as trucks up at the parking. The first section is 20 feet long that is sloped and slippery. The second section is about 100 foot long. 4WD I believe is required for these. piper14er  1       
2013-05-11 Fully clear to Winfield and another 1/4-1/2 mile. cjw         
2013-02-13 I was only able to make it 1.5 miles BEFORE Winfield in a Wrangler. New snow tires or chains might get you all the way to Winfield. thefirststraw         
2013-01-26 Able to drive to Winfield (Xterra with new snow tires). The road was pretty squirrelly on the way out since it was about 30-35 degrees with deeper snow to the side of the vehicle tracks. Someone managed to get a vehicle all the way back to the Huron summer TH (I didn‘t see the vehicle, but there were new tracks). I don‘t know how they managed it with the deep drifts and large stretches of ice on the road. Yikes         
2013-01-20 No change, easy Xterra drive in . . . Outhouse is down to 1/2 roll of T.P., plan ahead accordingly ;) Wyoming Bob         
2013-01-16 See Caroline‘s description below. This is still accurate as of Wed, 1/16. 1st pic is of some wierdo trying to do a cartwheel at the Winfield TH 2nd pic is general road condition from mile 4 to mile 12 Dad Mike  2  2      
2013-01-05 We were able to cross the bridge past the cabins and get to a spot near ~10,200‘ along the road. Road was snowpacked though, and 4WD mandatory. USAKeller         
2012-12-31 Open to 4WD to the Winfield cabins. Can‘t cross the bridge and go further. sgladbach    1      
2012-12-07 There was very little snow on County Road 390 (before todays snow). The left turn at Winfield to continue towards the 4wd section was okay to just past the parking area. There is an ice flow there which I crossed. The next ice flow is when you start up the hill, I was able to cross that without any problems. Go slow on the way out. The next creek was still running with a some ice and then another ice flow which was fairly flat. The last ice flow will be the issue if you continue. It is in a very narrow part of the 4wd road a little before you get to where the valley opens up and you get out of the trees. The ice flow on the left was just wide enough for my older Pathfinder. Anything wider and there was a drop and sloped to the right. (This was not too bad going up but on the way out the road does a quick drop down to the ice. If you lose it there there isn‘t anything to stop you on the downhill side) The road was good the rest of the way to where I parked for the Virginia Group and looked good to the end when viewed from up higher. piper14er         
2012-11-24 Drove towards the Huron Trailhead, the road from Winfield was lightly snow covered and icy in spots. About 3/4 miles up there is an icy spot on a short slope. With good tires and some speed you can get through it. Another 1/2 mile there is icy patch that slopes across the road. I stopped and parked just below this location. Unless you have chains I‘m not sure I would test it. I had to winch out a pickup when I got back to my car. ETA         
2012-11-02 Road was in good condition to the 2WD trailhead at Winfield. There is some mud you must drive though by the Vicksburg Museum. I had no problem getting though it with a Nissan Frontier in 2WD. dehrlich101         
2012-10-27 Only made it 0.4 miles past Winfield in a Jeep Commander. At that point there was a fairly steep uphill about 20 yards long that was a sheet of ice. We tried to go up it and slid right back down. Parked at that spot and walked to the upper TH. cory1223oh         
2012-10-20 Road clear of snow all the way to the upper TH. Some ice on the road just after the 2wd TH that we had to use 4wd for early in the morning (gone on the way down). Driven in a Suburban. One large washout/hole that higher clearance is required for. MtnClimber82         
2012-09-08 Drove all the way to highest TH on 4wd road in a stock Chevy Silverado. No problems. The large dips in the road are completely doable, slowly! Watch out for drunk drivers on cr 390. Personally encountered one who had just flipped his vehicle. Beer puddled in the roof. michelle  1       
2012-08-25 Our group made it up to the trailhead in a rear wheel drive Toyota Sequoic and in an all wheel drive Acadia. Having said that, after being on a serious 4WD trip before I felt very nervous a few times and wished that we would have had a full sized spare and some rescue gear. There were two tricky dips in the road, with the worst one being approximately 3/4 of a mile from the upper trailhead. We went in on Wednesday night and drove to the trailhead then back-tracked to find a good campsite. The sites near the trailhead were taken until about where we ended up. It rained Thursday afternoon (8/23) through Friday morning, then off and on Friday afternoon. The trail has a fair amount of rocks and pretty hard packed, so conditions weren‘t too bad. Except the two big dips were also muddy. But we made it fine. We did see an Outback or two at the trailhead. ericcc65         
2012-08-01 Made it to the first, and probably deepest, dip in the road in my 97 Outback, probably less than a mile past Winfield. Decided I did not want to try it considering how long Outbacks are. ezabielski         
2012-07-19 Carefully, slowly, manuvered my 2006 Subaru Forester up the 4WD road. There were two sections of crossing water, that due to the lack of snow melt, were not too deep this year. Also, there is one section where the road dips very deep, but there is a clear path that has been driven by many around it. The road still dips very deep, but by going slow and careful, the Forester made it. Almost got stuck on the way out, but backed up and gunned it over the steep part. RC 78         
2012-07-01 Yesterday, I demonstrated that a carefully driven 2000 or newer Outback could negotiate the road to the gate without scraping anything but mud flaps. There was another (2004-9) Outback in the parking area as well. skitheo         
2012-06-29 Several 4WD vehicles made the drive including my Xterra and several pick-ups, but a Subaru AWD bottomed out. I found 4WD low-range useful. Sorry, didn‘t take any pictures of FR 390. The Old Fart         
2012-06-17 My sister just got her zero-clearance Suzuki Forenza up this road. LOL Boggy B    2      

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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