Clear Crk./S.Winfield Trailhead


Road Difficulty

Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD dirt to Winfield.
4WD to upper TH. SUVs with good clearance can make it if the road is dry.

Driving Directions

From Leadville: Drive 20 miles south on U.S. 24 and turn right on the Chaffee County 390 road. From Buena Vista: Drive 14.5 miles north on U.S. 24 and turn left on the Chaffee County 390 road. On the 390 road (dirt), drive 11.8 miles to Winfield. Turn left and measure from here. Drive 0.1 mile to reach the lower, 2WD trailhead on the left. After 0.4 mile, the road gets rugged and narrow (4WD required). After 0.7 mile, stay right at a junction. After 1.7 miles, the Banker Mine road is to the left - stay straight on the main road and continue to the end, at 2.1 miles. The trail starts past the parking area.

Winter Access

Closed near 9,200 feet - many miles below the TH.
Status Updates 
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Road is clear and mostly dry to the trailhead. 4WD, high-clearance only.
Posted By: Judge K
Info: Drove all the way to the trailhead in a Ford Escape (4-wheel drive). No problems at all, but we saved 2 miles of hiking on each end!
Posted By: ktiffany
Info: 5/29/05 I drove ALL the way to the trailhead. It is still quite MUDDY, and the road is DEFINETLY a 4WD road, but no probs! Toward the end, there is a large "mud hole," but you will see the tracks that go out and around it through a meadow- easy to avoid (and you should!)
Posted By: Chicago Transplant
Info: I drove the Clear Creek road today, and the road is clear and passable for all vehicles to the Winfield townsite. I did not continue beyond the town.

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