Trailhead:  Nellie Creek
San Juan Mountains
 Posted By:  Lville
 Date of Info:  08/04/2013
 Date Posted:  08/12/2013
Newer 4WD F150. Took 45 minutes or so to cover the four miles of Nellie Creek Road, and bottomed out twice up and twice back. Do *not* take a 2WD or low clearance vehicle. Big rocks generally werenít the problem. There seemed to be a lot of humps or ridges that ran perpendicular to the road. A jeep or a vehicle w/ shorter wheel base would have had no problem. Exposure was moderate Ė but really not a big deal Ė lots of trees on the side of road so it felt safer. Confronted vehicles coming the other way twice (once up, once down) involving some negotiation, but it all worked out without incident or unusual risk. There had been a fair amount of rain recently so some mud but not a big obstacle. The two streams werenít bad. Maybe eight inches max or less? Iíve taken my truck up American Basin to Handies and now Nellie Creek. Both times I had the same thoughts: ďI should have just rented a jeep (like I did for Yankee Boy basin). Yeah, but thatís a hassle/expense and thatís what I have a truck for, besides itís kind of fun. Yeah, but what if I get a flat tire, do some damage to the truck, suspension, alignment, etc, it will cost more than the cost of a jeepĒ. Bottom line, if you donít mind parting w/ $150-$200, get a jeep. But otherwise youíll probably be fine.

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