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Black Cloud Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sawatch Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Elbert
Road Type:  2WD, easy dirt road 1   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD paved to the trailhead turn-off.
2WD dirt in the trailhead parking area.
Directions:  From U.S. 24 south of Leadville, take Colorado 82 (Independence Pass) west toward Twin Lakes. Drive about 10.5 miles and turn right into the signed trailhead. When approaching the area of the turn-off, slow down because it's hard to see the turn. After pulling into the TH, the trail starts behind the first two parking spots on the right. Overall, there is parking for about a dozen vehicles.
Winter Access:  Closed in winter, but you may be able to park along CO Highway 82.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2012-12-16 Route 82 has a few spots of packed snow until the trailhead. Easiliy drivable with 2WD. The trailhead parking area has about 3 inches of fresh snow. 4WD *probably* wasn‘t necessary, but I was happy to have it. ledhead69         
2012-12-05 Open and dry. TH is well east of the winter Independence Pass closure, so should be accessible all winter. Turnoff is signed with a small wooden sign parallel to the highway, not the easiest thing to spot. It is about mile west of the Twin Peaks campground and a few hundred feet east of the Mt. Elbert cabins, just west of milepost 75. TravelingMatt         
2011-12-10 Couple inches of snow but it‘s tracked so just about any vehicle could get in there. Boggy B    2      
2011-11-17 About 6 inches of snow in the parking lot. Snow is starting to pile up at the entrance from the plows on 82. You probably need a 4wd to get in and out. We had no problems in a Jeep Cherokee. There is a sign directing you to the trail just E of the 2nd parking spot on the right. alpinenut         
2011-07-05 Trail head open. Parking lot open and no snow. One small snow field on trail above tree-line up to South Elbert. Clear trail - no need for snow shoes or micro spikes. sjpwarsaw         
2011-03-04 Trailhead lot is completely snowed in, but the lodge .1 mile further down the road has wifi! mike and maddy         
2010-11-06 Road is open and mostly dry - just a few icy spots. There‘s a small snowbank at the entrance to the trailhead, but we got over it in a 2WD. The trail is dry all the way up to the stream crossing. susanjoypaul         
2010-04-20 Open and dry. BTW, it is located between mileposts 74 and 75 on Hwy 82, about 100 yds east of the Mt Elbert Lodge. pioletski         
2008-07-23 Open and dry. If you haven`t been to the trailhead before, it`s best to locate the start of the trail in daylight. BillMiddlebrook         

Pulling into the trailhead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2008-07-23)Trail starts behind the first parking spots on the right (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2008-07-23)The start of the trail (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2008-07-23)The upper parking area (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2008-07-23)

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