Cataract Gulch Trailhead


Range: San Juan Mountains
Coordinates: 37.900832, -107.432856

Road Difficulty

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

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. Drive 12.1 miles to a Y-junction and turn left onto County Road 35. Continue another 1.2 miles to the Cataract Gulch Trailhead.

Winter Access

Plowed to the trailhead.
Status Updates 
Posted By: supranihilest
Info: Still good for low clearance 2WD vehicles. Lots of washboarding and shallow potholes en route but mere annoyances, nothing showstopping.
Posted By: supranihilest
Info: Clear to the trailhead. Washboardy and potholey but any vehicle can make it, even low clearance 2WD.
Posted By: Tornadoman
Info: Dry and accessible with any vehicle. Road is in excellent shape, fewer bumps than normal.
Posted By: Squirrellysquirrel
Info: Plowed to TH, big bank of snow blocking the remainder of road. AWD/FWD accessible.
Posted By: Squirrellysquirrel
Info: Plowed, accessible with AWD/FWD. Bathroom unlocked.
Posted By: Squirrellysquirrel
Info: Road is plowed to Cataract TH, accessible with 2WD... might be a bit icy in spots. A small snow burm blocks access to Cuba TH.
Posted By: Trotter
Info: Accessible by any 2wd car. Immediately past TH, goes 4WD
Posted By: supranihilest
Info: Plowed to the trailhead - I can’t say whether this is always the case or not, but it was this time around. The road is icy, snowy, and muddy in spots but wasn’t a problem in my Civic. There’s a bathroom at the Cataract Gulch Trailhead and it was unlocked and stocked with toilet paper.

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