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Montgomery Res. Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Mosquito Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Bross, Mt. Cameron, Mt. Democrat
Road Type:  2WD, easy dirt road 1   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD dirt to the TH.
Directions:  Less than 1 mile south of Hoosier Pass, take the County Road (CR) 4 west from Colorado 9. Start measuring mileage when you turn onto CR 4. At 0.3 miles, stay straight. At 0.6 miles, stay straight. At 0.8 miles, go right on the higher road. At 1.4 miles, reach the parking area at Montgomery Reservoir. Cross a small bridge and continue around the reservoir. Near 1.6 miles, the road gets a little rough. Climb the hill for a bit and locate a turn-off to the left - at 1.7 miles. Turn left and park near a water shed and concrete wall. This is the trailhead.
Winter Access:  Closed near the reservoir.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2014-08-18 The road to the upper trailhead is beyond gnarly. I watched a guy break his front axle in a lifted 4 door jeep (brand new) trying to get over the first obstacle near the parking area. Thats not even the crux of the road either. Id imagine it would take a very heavily modified 4wd to even have a chance. Getting to the lower parking area is easy though, any vehicle with decent clearance should be fine. SolarAlex         
2014-07-11 Drove CR 4 from SH 9 to the Magnolia Mill. Road is in great shape, one big rut right before the mill at the bottom of the hill can be negotiated, don‘t let it stop ya. No snow anywhere on the lower half of the Jeep trail to Wheeler Lake. major_tom  1       
2014-06-28 Gate is open and road is in good shape for first 1.6 miles. There is rut about 0.1m before the end of the road that will stop most cars. Fortunately, there is some parking just before tackling the rut/last hill. 10mins of shoveling some dirt into the rut would probably fix the problem. jeffth5         
2014-05-18 The gate is still locked at the reservoir. Road is clear of snow. Beyond the gate, the snow starts just after the old mine. Grover         
2014-05-01 Gate was closed at res. Easy to get to, possibly could make it in 2wd. little bit of snow on road/hill daver         
2012-06-19 The road from the reservoir up to the 4wd trailhead at 11,680 is pretty rough. Based on the ranking system I would probably give it a 4+. No way an outback could make it. mikefromcraig    1      
2012-05-18 Rough 2wd to Montgomery Reservoir TH clear and dry. Wheeler Lakes 4WD quite soggy, snow patches after 11,500 feet (end of flat marshy area as road begins to swing across valley and up to the lakes). ~2 miles up from the Reservoir is where snow patches begin. KansasBoarder         
2012-03-15 2wd accessible to the summer parking area on both sides of the "slide" bridge. Road closed after that and even snowmobiles cannot currently make it around the lake. BillMiddlebrook         
2012-02-12 Drove in a 4x4 Tacoma all the way to the trailhead. It was a little icy getting there, but it thawed by the time we left. scholbiwan         
2010-11-20 still clear with some ice all the way to the winter closure centrifuge         
2010-11-06 Mostly dry. A few patches of snow ice. Shouldn‘t be a problem for any car. Winter closure is in effect so you can‘t drive all the way around to the back side of the reservoir. BobbyFinn         
2010-06-26 Clear of snow and it only gets a little bumpy towards the parking area. areed20         
2009-12-22 Closed at the parking area just after the small bridge crossing, at the north end of the reservoir. BillMiddlebrook         
2009-05-04 Closed at the gate 1/4 mile before the parking lot due to snow drifting, should probably be open to the parking lot in a week or two. benners         
2008-06-30 road clear and dry to Monty Res trailhead...navigable with a 2wd. MoSko         
2008-06-29 6/28/08- The road is rough after the res., and I would recommend you have a proper vehicle to go up into the basin. There is a large snowfield blocking passage at 11,500‘, which is just shy of the normal 4x4 parking area. Other snow fields abound after that, but it is (was) melting out quickly. You can either walk over or around the snow fields, but the area is just wet in general. I did the North Ridge on Democrat, and it was snow free. North Couloir still has snow it, and even had fresh ski tracks in it. Grover         
2008-06-22 All roads around the reservoir are dry and open. covfrrider         
2008-04-26 Road is only open to the reservoir. BillMiddlebrook         
2007-12-19 Open and very well maintained all the way to the northwest corner of the reservoir at the gate, even after recent heavy snow. Plenty of traffic around the reservoir heading to the falls for ice climbing. Flatland14er         
2007-04-16 Trailhead is clear to the parking lot. killingcokes         
2005-06-27 Trailhead open. BillMiddlebrook         
2005-02-18 Montgomery Reservoir is usually accessible in winter to the point of the main parking area. The road that continues west around the reservoir opens up in late spring. BillMiddlebrook         

Parking area, before small bridge crossing (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2009-12-22)Parking area after bridge crossing. This is the normal winter closure. (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2009-12-22)

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