Mill Creek Trailhead
Info

Location

Road Difficulty

2WD, easy dirt road 1   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD dirt to the TH.

Driving Directions

From Lake City, drive about 2 miles south on Colorado 149 and turn right on County Road 30 toward Lake San Cristobal and Cinnamon Pass. On the 30 Road, drive approx. 10.9 miles to reach the Mill Campground on the left. To hike Sunshine Peak, walk across the road and look for a trail which starts next to a green utility box.

Winter Access

Usually open year-round but depends on storms.
Status Updates 
  
Posted By: Squirrellysquirrel
Info: Potentially icy conditions in the morning, accessible for 2WD.
 
Posted By: angelmagnet1
Info: TH is accessible to any 2WD vehicle. Last 7 miles is dirt and the final 3.5Mi have patches of ice on the road but its wide and flat with no steep sections. Parking space limited to 3 or 4 vehicles.
 
Posted By: supranihilest
Info: The road is plowed past the Mill Creek Campground all the way to Cataract Gulch. There’s patches of ice, snow, and mud on the road but I had no trouble in a Civic. The small parking lot at the campground is dry and can hold 3-5 vehicles.
 
Posted By: Kiefer
Info: Mill Creek Road (FSR 637) is plowed to the water treatment plant/ponds. It’s about 1.5 miles. Beware though, there are EXTREMELY icy sections on this road. As we found out, the entire vehicle will slide.

There’s room for perhaps 4-5 vehicles at the top of the road (treatment ponds). And a huge ice flow at the parking lot for good measure.
 
Posted By: WildWanderer
Info: Easy 2wd access to the trailhead. I just drove around the campground and not one spot was taken. I stayed at the Williams Creek Campground where I was the only one there. I talked to the camp host: I was their first camper this year. People are afraid you cant access the trailheads and that the citys going to flood. County Road 30 is open 11 miles in: a mile past the Mill Creek Campground. The host told me this area is in no danger of flooding. The city looks like a ghost town over Memorial Day weekend. Please consider a trip here... and buy gas and lunch as well: they depend on tourism and this years avalanches are going to hurt their economy.
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Posted By: Aphelion
Info: Road to the trailhead is gated off and closed to all vehicle/foot traffic, due to uncleared avalanche debris and lingering avy danger.
 
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Campground still open and the peaks are still mostly-dry
 
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Open and dry. Campground is also open.
 
Posted By: JQDivide
Info: Road was nearly clear from the lake to Mill Creek, just a couple of spots of packed snow/ice. Any vehicle can make the TH, until the next big snow.
Elk and Deer: Be careful driving at night from Monarch Pass to Gunni: Deer all along the road. From Blue Mesa to Powderhorn: Elk herds crossing the road. And the rest of the way in to LC, deer.
 
Posted By: Kelly M
Info: Easy 2WD access to Mill Creek Campground. A few areas of packed snow. We made it with no issues in a Nissan Altima.
 
Posted By: BobbyFinn
Info: Easy 2WD access. Plowed to and beyond the TH.
 
Posted By: WillRobnett
Info: Dry road and dry trail up to 13,000!
 
Posted By: Yikes
Info: Road is dry to campground. There is a trail to Sunshine immediately across the road (look for a green power box about 50 feet to the west); we didn‘t hike east the mentioned quarter mile.
 
Posted By: --bb--
Info: Road easily accessible by car. Parking dry with a few potholes.
 
Posted By: San Juan Ron
Info: The road is kept clear all winter and rarely will you have problems. As of late-April, CR-30 to Mill Creek was completely dry and the same goes for the Shelf Road up to Silver Creek/Grizzly Gulch. The SC/GG TH is around 5 miles beyond the Mill Creek campground via the Shelf Road.
 
Posted By: Lyssah
Info: Road is clear of snow all the way to the small parking lot, but is impossible to make without the aid of a 4WD. Due to the recent rain the entire road is one huge mudhole. My party left our civics at the start of 15-GG which is where the road gets impassable by 2WD.
 
Posted By: San Juan Ron
Info: Road is fine. You can make it with a car.
 
Posted By: SarahT
Info: Road to the TH is in excellent shape. Drove a truck up it, but a car might make it - a little steep in at least one place.
 
Posted By: mouser
Info: Road in excellent shape, easily reachable by passenger cars. Plenty of room for camping. No snow.
 



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