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Snowmass Creek Trailhead

A reservation is now required to camp at Snowmass Lake and permits are very limited in summer. This means if you cannot reserve a camp spot, you may have to either day hike Snowmass (long day) or find a dispersed camp outside of the Snowmass Lake Permit Zone, which would be approx. 2 miles below the lake, near the log jam. Check for permits at recreation.gov and select the permit zone that includes Snowmass Lake.
Posted By: Briere
Info: Easy 2WD dirt road for the most part. I had no issue getting a sedan there. No toilets but wag bags supplied!
Posted By: jaquetcj
Info: Able to drive to within a mile of summer trailhead. Use county road 11.

Dont use the Road down from Snowmass ski resort as it is still in full winter condition
Posted By: Skimo95
Info: The weather has ended the summer crowds and a fresh layer of snow up high today.
Posted By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Straightforward and clear - go all the way to the end of the road for the trailhead by the ranch entrance. Be respectful of parking and making sure cars can get out and drive by. Some large potholes but easily navigable by probably any car.
Posted By: Skimo95
Info: Road was recently graded to N.F.B, easy 2wd to TH. Mud season
Posted By: CharGalli
Info: Easy and dry drive up to the parking lot... The road was so good it almost felt like driving on paved roads ...
Posted By: Bccrhp
Info: A little pitted/bumpy after some recent grading but should still be passable in just about any car.
Posted By: Bean
Info: Road is plowed to 0.5 miles from the summer TH. Locked gate and deep snow from there. Any car can get to this point.
Posted By: Unknown
Info: 2WD
Heads up when I returned the next day, people started parking in the middle, making it harder for some to get out. Few googans on the trail for sure.
Posted By: hogantheepic
Info: This trailhead is totally open and accessible to pretty much any 2wd regular clearance car.
Posted By: Posthole Pete
Info: Trailhead is bone dry. Summer conditions up till about 10,500. Log jam is in great shape. Looked like there were 3 or 4 spots to camp by snowmass lake but we opted for a dryer, lower campsite right off the first switchback after the log jam.
Posted By: Thevirtualsherpa
Info: TH is 100% snow free and accessible with any vehicle.
Posted By: globreal
Info: The TH is totally clear and easily accessible. The snow level is right at 10,000’. You’ll want snow shoes or skis above the log jam/switch backs above the ponds if going up to Snowmass Lake. There is still 3-5’ of snow at the lake.
Posted By: gabsimonelouise
Info: Some large puddles but easily manageable for 2WD. Be sure you drive all the way to the end of the road as it mentions in the trailhead directions (there’s a large parking lot, an entrance to a ranch, and the TH you want for Snowmass Lake). There is a different TH about a quarter-mile from that parking lot, and we almost got off on the wrong foot there.
Posted By: trsippel
Info: Clear all the way to the trailhead from both directions.
Posted By: TakeMeToYourSummit
Info: We approached the TH from Divide Road (Snowmass Village), the upper section of Divide is a little muddy & snow free. The lower section (from Old Snowmass) is almost certainly snow free due to the lower elevation & higher volume of traffic. A few snow patches were encountered AFTER the T (near the Snowmass Creek Bridge) in the road. My 4Runner did just fine to clear these - the melting is happening fast low, they should be entirely gone any day now.

I have a little beta on the start of the trail:
We hiked the first 2 miles of the trail (recon on the stream crossing to the West Snowmass Creek drainage). Patchy snow & a couple of downed trees up to that point. I would guess flotation would be needed for quite some time if your goal is Snowmass Lake or higher. Stay safe & have fun!

pic1 - A good idea of the snow levels on the start of the trail.
pic2 - James (for size comparison) next to the first notable downed tree.
(shortly after you pass the rock in pic1)
pic3 - Snow levels as you approach gate 2.
pic4 - Looking back at another downed tree. (Just a bit after gate 2)
Posted By: Yikes
Info: Parking at the bridge (for about 5-10 cars), . Road was snowpacked, but very easy to drive (much easier, wider and less steep than Capitol Creek). I would guess the road would be quickly plowed after a snow storm due to all of the mansions along the road. My GPS read 2/3 mile to the summer trailhead.
Posted By: mspalding
Info: This is an easy drive even in the lowest clearance 2wd. But keep your directions as it is easy to take the wrong turn on the way back; especially in the dark.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Open and dry.
Posted By: _NW_
Info: All clear the whole way to the trail head.
Posted By: Dancesatmoonrise
Info: Snowpacked but driveable to the summer TH.
Posted By: Carl
Info: Trailhead is easily accessible. Was able to make it in a very low clearance sedan by going slow the last 1/4 mile. This trailhead is also accessible from the Snowmass ski area but the road is slightly rougher.
Posted By: hike_4ever
Info: Limited parking space at weekend, had to park alone the road to TH.
Posted By: sevenvii
Info: Trailhead is completely clear and void of snow.
Posted By: giarcd
Info: Hiked up the trail a couple of hours to about 9500‘. Two or three small slides over trail and the proverbial small trees to step over yet the trail was fine to that point.(short update)

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