Cataract Gulch Trailhead


Range: San Juan Mountains
Coordinates: 37.900131, -107.435534
14ers: Ellingwood Point
Elevation: 9,670'

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.

More Info

Fees? No
Trailhead added by supranihilest
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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