Missouri Lakes Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sawatch Range
Road Type:  2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Directions:  From Minturn, drive approx. 11 miles south on Highway 24 OR from Leadville, drive approx. 19 miles north on Highway 24. Turn west onto Homestake Road (dirt). Drive nearly 8 miles and turn right onto the Missouri Creek road. Continue 2.25 miles to reach the Fancy Lake TH on your right and turn left to reach the Missouri Lakes TH. 4WD vehicles can pass through the TH parking area and continue (easy 4WD) 0.6 mile to reach an unmarked 4WD parking area along Missouri Creek. If you drive to this point, reach the trail by crossing the creek and walking about 50 yards up a hill.
Winter Access:  Closed far below the trailhead.
Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2015-06-26 Open BillMiddlebrook         
2015-06-09 We were able to get 1.1 miles up the 4WD road. I think with the warm weather someone could get all the way to the end of the road by now. There were about half a dozen pools of standing water 4-6 inches deep on the 4WD road. Wildernessjane         
2014-06-24 Open and dry BillMiddlebrook         
2014-05-27 Homestake (FS 703) road is open but the Missouri Lakes road is current blocked by snow after 1.3 miles from the Homestake junction. BillMiddlebrook         
2012-11-29 See entry for French Creek (spoiler alert: closed for season). TravelingMatt         
2012-07-01 Open and dry. Drove the extra 0.6 mile to the 4WD which shortens the approach by 1/2 mile. To avoid having to cross the creek on foot, we drove across and parked just below the trail intersection - no problem. BillMiddlebrook         

Missouri Lakes 2WD TH (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2012-07-02)Start of the trail to Missouri Lakes (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2012-07-02)4WD TH, 0.6 mile up from 2WD TH (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2012-07-02)From the 4WD TH, the trail is on the other side of the creek (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2012-07-02)

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