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Quartzville Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Mosquito Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Cameron, Mt. Bross, Mt. Democrat
Road Type:  Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Easy 4WD dirt to the TH.
Directions:  From Fairplay, take Colorado 9 to the town of Alma. From the center of Alma, continue north for about 1/2 mile and turn left on the Park County 6 road. It's a total of 4.5 miles to the trailhead from here: After 1.4 miles, turn left onto Quartzville road. Near 2.2 miles, stay left at a confusing intersection. At 3.5 miles, stay right at the intersection of Zinc Road. There is an intersection at 4.0 miles and Mt. Lincoln is ahead of you. Keep right and continue around a bend. At about 4.1 miles, turn left onto a forest road (recently named Crest Drive). There are private property signs and this is where people used to park before the land owners blocked off the parking. Don't park here. Continue 1/2 mile up the 4WD road. The Quartzville USLM site is around to the right in a large flat area.
Winter Access:  Closed at the start of the 4WD road and there isn't good parking here in winter.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2014-12-06 Quartzville plowed to the forest road. 1-2 feet of snow throughout forest road. Didn‘t want to chance getting my car stuck by myself so didn‘t chance it. cyrrus         
2014-09-10 On September 10, I went up to Crest Drive where a 4WD road to Quartzville Trailhead began. I have my Jeep Grand Cherokee with a high clearance. I did drive it up about 100 feet and decided to drive in reverse to Quartzville Road to play it safe. I found a vacant pulloff to park the vehicle along the road about 1/2 mile from the junction. Then I took a walk to Quartzville TH and inspected the condition of the 4WD road. The road (Crest Drive) did not look bad until about 200 feet from the TH where there was a total washout. So I advise anybody not to try the road with any vehicle except a modified 4WD vehicle. I am glad that I did not risk my Jeep all the way to the washout. Otherwise, it would take me a long time to drive in reverse over 1/2 mile since there is no pulloff along that road. Without any future improvement to the washout, I believe that no vehicle can make it to the TH in 2 or 3 years. I suggest that the currently easy 4WD road be upgraded to Rating #5, rough 4WD. rpdawes  1       
2014-06-17 Trail is pretty blown out right at treeline. Creek cuts right through the road, leaving it only passable by (I would imagine) capable lifted trucks with lots of clearance. Yawning sections of the road are washed out. Probably would have tried to continue on if I had not been alone pdenman33         
2014-06-08 Drove all the way to the Quarzville site. Snow drifts are out of the way now. We even were able to drive a short ways past. The road is very washed out just below Quartzville though, making the road a bit rougher than Bill currently has it rated. It is not an easy 4wd right now. CO Native    1      
2014-06-03 The 4wd road is thoroughly blocked in several places. I would guess 2-3 weeks before it is passable. I parked at the 3.5 mile parking spot adding an extra half mile and a couple of hundred vertical. Nelson Nelson         
2013-08-27 The 0.5 mile jeep road was barely doable in my Forester. The CFI could hire some road machinery to smooth out this road, so that some use of Kite Lake TH could move here alanecharlesworth         
2012-08-25 The 1/2 mile of 4-wheel drive trail before the flat area mentioned in the route description is passable with any 4x4 but I would not attempt this in a car as there are many deep ruts in the road from water runoff, some of which can be avoided by straddling them or going around, but some just need to be crossed. awilbur77         
2012-08-05 I found this TH to be quite confusing as there is no signage for parking or a TH. Only after the sun came up and we gained some elevation were we able to understand. After turning onto Crest Drive and going 0.5 miles, there are two options: a parking area on the right and following the road to the left. If you stay on the road, it splits just after turning onto it with a rough section to the left and a less rough section to the right. You can go either way, as they join back up. We took the smoother section and followed the road for another mile from the parking area and slept on the side of the road. As we climbed up the road in the AM, we went up into the amphitheater and started switchbacking up the shoulder of Lincoln. Just before taking the ridge, there is a sign and chain across the road. As we were descending, we saw a Jeep that had driven all the way up to that point. I would be wary of driving that far, not because of difficulty on the road, a regular 4x4 can make the climb, but because of the convoluted patchwork of private and public property. jefwerner         
2012-02-10 Plowed and easy drive to Crest Drive. Deep snow at Crest Drive turnoff is undrivable. Many No-Parking and Your Car Will Be Towed signs at this junction caused us to turn around and go to Kite Lake. FatBaxter         
2012-01-04 Quartzille road has some patchy ice but driveable in 2WD. The jeep road (Crest drive) has deep snow and 4WD would be required. The jeep road has some tire tracks but I did not try to drive up the 1/2 mile to the TH. jimmtman         
2011-09-23 The 0.5 miles of jeep road leading to the parking area was passable with care in a Subaru Forester. There was one gully that looked chancy, but it was OK. alanecharlesworth         
2011-08-28 We thought ourselves silly for bringing the AWD until we turned up "Crest Dr." The high clearance was needed for the few rough spots on the .5 drive to the trailhead. We were one of only four vehicles on this TH as compared to the full lot + we saw at Kite Lake TH from the top of Bross (I mean, near the top of Bross). Ceastar         
2011-07-30 Road is clear up to posted 4wd parking area. There was two "sketch" spots driving up from Crest Dr in my Subaru Impreza wagon. Jeeps ATVs continued up FS road 457. Sorry for no pics. socal_ck    1      
2010-09-03 Made it up to the Quartzville traillhead today in a Honda Pilot - normally not the best 4WD vehicle, but it did fine. Road is rough but certainly doable - there was a Chevy Traverse at the trailhead also. gouldst         
2009-12-22 Closed for the winter. The 4WD road is snowed-over and parking is not allowed at the bottom or along the main street. Open to view photo BillMiddlebrook  1       
2009-09-06 Cameron Ampitheater is clear of abstructions for hiking all the way. Trail is free of snow to summit giarcd         
2009-05-17 Road is dry to within 0.2 mile of the end. Fairly large drift still blocking passage with no parking at the drift. scotthsu         
2009-05-11 5/11/09 - still closed by snowdrift just after the turn onto "Crest Drive" (i.e. Quartzville Road). pioletski         
2009-03-09 Closed by snow and no available parking. Try the Moose Creek "trailhead" at Zinc Road. BillMiddlebrook         
2008-05-27 The trailhead is still block by some pretty big snowdrifts. a 4 wheel drive will not get you through the half mile of private land. One of the drifts is an 8 foot vertical wall. You can drive approx 60 feet on the private land before getting stuck. randyk         
2008-04-25 Blocked by snow at the start of the 4WD parking area. No parking in the area. BillMiddlebrook         
2007-05-29 Open billmiddlebrook         
2005-06-29 Do not follow the directions in Gerry Roach's book; his shortcut between Park Country roads 4 and 6 is now closed. The directions above are correct. A normal car can go at least 1/4 mile up the forest road to a small turnout, but parking there is probably tresspassing. On the way down two guys had an SUV parked all the way up at about 12,500 feet. TravelingMatt         
2005-06-06 CLEAR - However not well marked (and scary No Tresspassing signs). I would not have found if not for Bill's excellent directions CO087DYO         
2005-05-11 Still the same - blocked by snow at the first corner BillMiddlebrook         

The fork in the road near the TH. Turn up to the right to park at Quartzville (Added by: billmiddlebrook on 2007-05-31)Looking toward Bross and the Cameron Amphitheater, from the TH (Added by: billmiddlebrook on 2007-05-31)In winter, the road is closed and parking is not allowed in the area (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2009-12-22)Quartzville Road to Crest Drive Junction (Added by: rpdawes on 2014-09-16)Warning Post (Added by: rpdawes on 2014-09-16)Another warning post (Added by: rpdawes on 2014-09-16)Total Washout very close to TH (Added by: rpdawes on 2014-09-16)Large flat Trailhead (Added by: rpdawes on 2014-09-16)TH marker (Added by: rpdawes on 2014-09-16)Start of Trail to Mt. Lincoln (Added by: rpdawes on 2014-09-16)

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