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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    
2011-10-23 Road is bare and dry. The 4WD section was mostly dry except for a few puddles. A little narrow in spots for my Dodge 2500. No snow. wincoder  1       
2011-10-01 The 4-wheel drive road was a piece of cake in my Honda Ridgeline using the "go-around" mentioned previously. Just take it slow. No snow at all, and 390 is still washboard city. awilbur77    1      
2011-08-16 Road is clear to the 4wd trail head. A normal clearance 2wd vehicle, with careful driving, can easily make it to the 4wd trail head. Saw several normal clearance vehicles at the trail head. Co Rd 390 is wash board heaven! mrschaible         
2011-08-11 We parked at the 2WD TH with 2WD vehicles. If you wanted, you could definitely proceed from there in a 2WD for a 1/4 mile or so. There are numerous parking spots. Eventually you‘ll hit a steep/wet slope that I would not try to go up in a 2WD. Saw 5 4WD vehicles at or on their way towards the Huron Peak Trail. alpinenut         
2011-08-11 The road to the Clear Creek/South Winfield trailhead for Huron Peak is not really well marked and rough. Watch where you are going and take your time. High clearance is a must, most suvs should be alright, but 4WD is highly recommended. Several stream crossings that require some steep drops and climbs. Take your time and watch the road and you should be fine. The road starts out nice and is worst towards the top. shaberer0511         
2011-06-22 I drove my ‘02 Outback all the way to the Huron trailhead, very slow and cautious but did not bottom out in the deep ruts. Road was dry. vistaphil    1    
2011-06-22 4 wheel drive road is drying out. the mud ruts mentioned in earlier posts are not bad. My stock tacoma drove through without any trouble. dcurlee         
2011-06-17 Note....that muddy section mentioned in the last update is in the big clearing on the way to Huron‘s TH. I added a bunch of rocks into those mud ruts. If someone added some more rocks in those ruts, then most 4x4s should have no problem getting through it. globreal         
2011-06-17 Made it to 4WD trailhead in a stock 96 bronco on bald BFG A/T‘s. About half way to the upper trailhead from the lower trailhead there is a muddy section that will stop most vehicles. Recent rains and heavy traffic have made this "crux" even more interesting (Read: deep and rutted). Do not attempt without high clearance. thatnissanguy         
2011-06-11 2wd Huron trailhead is easy - a little water on the road from runoff, but nothing major. I went a bit down the 4wd road, and it started to look very wet, so I turned around. (And there was enough smoke from the Arizona fires that I didn‘t attempt a summit, so I can‘t say for sure if my impressions are valid). Doctor No         
2011-05-14 390 is drivable to the Winfield town site. There is a bit of lingering snow right before you reach it, though, that might give a little bit of trouble to low-clearance vehicles. Lots of lingering snow up to the S. Winfield TH. We postholed along the road in early morning. Finding the TH is difficult unless you know where you are going -- especially through the wide-open areas. Look for lingering ski and showshoe tracks, but they may be covered due to this afternoon‘s thundersnow storms. tmathews         
2011-04-23 A group of us attempted to hike Huron Peak 4/23/11. Chaffee 390 from US 24 is driveable to roughly 9.8 miles with a good clearance 4WD vehicle. At that mileage there is a large snow drift that got us stuck for a good hour. From that point it was just under 2 miles to Winfield and another 2.1 from there to the 4WD trailhead. There is still a lot of snow and as we found out snow shoes were a must. We did post hole some however with out snow shoes it would have been way worse. deckmatt4         
2010-11-06 Easily drivable to about 100 yards past the 2WD TH. A couple icy patches before Winfield but nothing to cause a problem. A 4Runner made it above the ice/snowpack in the trees up to the 4WD TH. Snowshoes/traction were not used on the hike. Monster5         
2010-10-23 Drove up to the TH in a couple of inches of snow. Only a few patches remained on the road on the way out. Probably won‘t be able to get to the TH for much longer this year. tmathews         
2010-10-16 Made it up in my Subaru Outback - easily done if you drive slowly and know where your wheels are. Note - when starting up the trail do not go straight at the main trail sign Instead turn left where you will see the Huron Trail sign  lizard  2       
2010-09-24 Drove to the upper "4WD" trailhead in a 2WD 4Runner with no problems. Gator         
2010-08-30 Made it all the way in a Forester. A few difficult spots. Go slow. njlinderer         
2010-08-30 Made it all the way in a Forester. A few difficult spots. Go slow. njlinderer         
2010-08-26 Yup, the road has certainly been improved since I last drove it but it‘s still 4WD. Drove the 4WD Chevy Suburban up there - no problem. Cars should park at the lower trailhead. BillMiddlebrook         
2010-08-06 Road is fine, no damage from recent rains, although there are a few puddles and muddy areas. TravelingMatt         
2010-08-01 Agree with previous poster. I took a 2006 Outback very slowly and made it just fine. Neil         
2010-07-26 Took a 2000 Outback to TH today - bottomed out the front bumper a few times, but that could probably have been avoided by going slower Vincopotamus         
2010-07-20 Drove to the top in a jeep Liberty. There was a subaru forester at the top if that gives you a sense of the road. The very first big dip is the worst; after that it becomes much tamer griffincnotrees         
2010-06-25 County Road 390 is washboarded but any vehicle can make it to Winfield and the great camping area there. Road to Huron TH is not too bad for a vehicle with good clearance but it is rough. There are a couple of small streams that cross the road but neither poses much problem. There are some big humps that a longer wheelbase vehicle could find to be an issue as well as some big rocks. The parking area filled up quickly so try to start early. huffy13         
2010-05-31 Wet but clear to the upper trailhead gate at 10,560‘ for Huron. Barrett Cooper         

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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