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Willow Creek Trailhead

Posted By: rcpelikan
Info: This trailhead received heavy use on the Labor Day weekend. The road itself is still passable by 2WD cars, but is beginning to show washboarding and larger divots higher up that weren’t there last week.
Posted By: Istoodupthere
Info: Road is in great shape. Any car can make it. 17 vehicles there when I left at 5pm
Posted By: psa954hiker
Info: The road to the trailhead is in very good shape as of yesterday. No deep ruts or washouts. I think any 2WD vehicle could make it. There was a Toyota Camry at the TH. Also mosquitos were no problem at the TH mid-afternoon but there were plenty at the lake in the early evening.
Posted By: Gibson135
Info: Mosquito activity is pretty intense there right now. About 2 minutes after arriving, with my truck door open while unloading there were about 30 already inside of it taking over. It was fine inside the tent. As far as on the trail: mosquitos activity ends after about 2 miles and was fine around the lake.
Posted By: TeocaliTripper
Info: Road is open and clear all the way to trailhead. Pit toilets are stocked as well. The road is passable by any 2wd vehicle as long as you take care if you don’t have a lot of clearance. However, we did have to help a stuck VW van that had driven off the center of the road into a gutter so take that how you will...
Posted By: 14er101
Info: The road is open all the way to the upper trailhead. The bathroom is stocked and clean.
Posted By: maverick_manley
Info: Snowpacked and slick road up to the summer trailhead but the gate is still open.
Posted By: MtnResident
Info: Open to summer TH as of 12/27/22. No snow on road and only shallow hardpack in the parking lot. Caveat is the storm that hit the area on 12/28, so your experience may be different after the storm.
Posted By: shapovalovm
Info: The lot was almost full at 5am on 8/21 (Sunday) when I got there.

The road is not rough at all, had 0 issues with an Accord. You can take your sports-car there, if you have one. Apart from maybe one spot where the recent rain mane a small trench across the road.

Bathroom actually did not have any TP in the morning, but was restocked by the time I was back (~2pm).
Posted By: rcpelikan
Info: Road was in great condition and trouble-free with a 2WD Ford Focus.
Bathroom was in great condition with 4 rolls of TP.
Posted By: Istoodupthere
Info: Any car can get there
Posted By: TheSpaceForce
Info: Road is in good condition, all the way to the trailhead, with no snow. Restroom is open, but the 4th of July crowd has hit it pretty hard 4 rolls of TP became 1 within about 12 hours ;)
Posted By: SJMA Saguache
Info: Trailhead is open, but restroom is not currently being serviced. There may or may not be toilet paper at the facility. Trailhead restroom service will continue in May. Please remember to Stay the Trail, Leave No Trace, and be safe. For additional information contact the Rio Grande National Forest, Saguache Ranger District at 719-655-2547 or checkout www.fs.usda.gov/riogrande.
Posted By: supranihilest
Info: The upper trailhead is still open. Snow begins only a couple tenths of a mile prior to the trailhead. Parking lot has perhaps an inch of snow cover. Bathroom is open and stocked with toilet paper.
Posted By: pfcstuck
Info: Trail is nice and dry 1st 1/4 mile after it turns dirt is bumpiest, but my Mini made it just fine
Posted By: RWSchaffer
Info: The road is open and dry. My 2WD hatchback made it to trailhead in spite of roughness.
Posted By: RWSchaffer
Info: The road to the trailhead is closed at the winter closure gate about a mile below the trailhead (pictured). The last mile before the closure gate is snowy and unplowed, but the snow is only a few inches deep and well enough tracked that my 2WD hatchback had no difficulty reaching the parking area about 100 feet before the closure gate.
Posted By: aussie
Info: Made it to the trailhead without issue in a stock Subaru Forester. Had to take it slow through one rutted out section. Kept all my food and scented items in a bear canister out of site in my car and had no problems. Plenty of toilet paper at the toilet, but someone had left trash inside. The trailhead was right on a creek so easy to stock up on water and was a great way to clean and cool my feet after a long hike!
Posted By: MountainBuhn
Info: Easy drive. One of the few dirt roads that has actually gotten better over time (last year had larger ruts). Definitely gets crowded. Definitely bring water as this area is lower (8,800) and much more desert climate. Kept some bleach in the car as it deters bear smells. Didn’t hear of any more reports after last week. Surprisingly low amount of mosquitos. Warmer spring this year probably the cause.
Posted By: davedad
Info: Smooth sailing on the drive in a Prius. I wanted to give people a heads up about a trailhead bear. We were gone for 2 nights and returned to a break-in. We left an empty cooler in the car. There was no food in the car but the bear must have seen the cooler and equated it with food. The bear broke a rear window and explored the interior of the car. Nothing but sandy paw prints and some shredded cardboard left behind. Be thoughtful and leave nothing in your car. (We had a car with no food in it and still got stung.)
Posted By: IHikeLikeAGirl
Info: Overall, the road is in great condition, passenger cars can make it to the TH. But yes, pay attention to a few dips or a rock in the road (ALL avoidable). Friday night, the parking lot appeared to fill up, quickly. Outhouse is awesome, but has a pile of trash in it (thank you to the inconsiderate/selfish people who left it...yes, sarcasm), no TP, and appears to be in need of a cleaning.
Posted By: Unknown
Info: Smooth as butter. Easy 2WD. Outhouse is open but bring your own TP. Cell service at TH parking area
Posted By: stickmann
Info: Road is open all the way to the trailhead. No snow left. There is a short section about 0.3 miles before the trailhead that has some pretty big bumps/divots to navigate and might be difficult for low clearance vehicles until it is filled in.
Posted By: Unknown
Info: Gate closure still in effect 1 1/4 mile from TH. Bathrooms still open with TP. Muddy/icy in the beginning and variable conditions following to 10k. Backpacked in and booted to 11k at the head wall without needing snowshoes or traction. This will differ depending on the boots you use. Snow gets deeper after the creek crossing with limited water filter options. Turned around early due to several decisions
Posted By: JakeByk
Info: Definitely want clearance but good with AWD. There are some weird dips in the road 2/3rd the way up which are timed just perfectly that if you’re not super careful you can bottom out. Closest I’ve come to bottom-out; I drive a Forester. There are bathrooms at the trailhead (bless).

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