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Iowa Gulch Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Mosquito Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Sherman
Road Type:  2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Rough 2WD dirt to the TH.
Directions:  Take US 24 through downtown Leadville to the southern end of town. Turn east onto Monroe Street and drive 0.2 miles. Turn right (south) on Lake County 2 (Toledo St). Follow CR 2 (paved) for approximately 3.8 miles to a fork in the road. Turn left on a 2WD dirt road and continue 3.0 miles up into Iowa Gulch to the trailhead. A total of 7 miles from US 24 in Leadville. The trailhead is unmarked - park along the road. Locate the trail (below the edge of the road) as it heads toward the creek under the power lines. From the road, you can see trail sections down by the creek.
Winter Access:  Closed at the junction, 3 miles below the TH.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2009-05-21 5/21/09 Road open all the way to summer trail head and in very good shape. Probably ok for 2wd. From Kake County 2 there is no sign to Mt. Sherman but the turn off is marked "Lake County 2B". Nelson         
2009-03-09 Normal winter closure in place, 3 miles below the Iowa Mill. BillMiddlebrook         
2008-11-16 Made it quite easily today in a Jeep Cherokee. I think some small cars may have trouble with traction. We needed 4WD. TheChase         
2008-07-14 The main road is open and the lower 4WD road is open and clear. lodidodi         
2008-06-14 The road is open and clear to the summer trailhead. It is easily passable by any vehicle. J2TheZ         
2008-06-03 Trail head open til about 11700. Road gets a little tight with snow drift but should be passable in a few days. SmoothCruX         
2008-03-06 The road up to the normal road closure is full of snow but still passable for cars with good snow tires or 4wd. J2TheZ         
2008-02-19 Lake county road 2 is open and in good shape all the way to the split by the mine. The road up to Sherman however is closed immediately after the split. Add ~3 miles one-way to start here. J2TheZ         
2008-02-11 The road to the winter trailhead is a little snowier than usual right now. Looks like with all the recent snows this one has been low on the priority list. The road has a nice snowpacked middle, but the sides of the road are soft and have some drifts. 4WD recommended until the next time the plows get through. Chicago Transplant         
2007-06-11 Road is clear all the way up. dixonallred         
2007-05-01 With 4WD and high clearance you can motor up 1 mile up dirt (snow) road leading to trailhead. Pappy         
2007-01-17 Plowed closure at the intersection 3 miles below the trailhead. BillMiddlebrook         
2006-09-24 Was able to drive all the way to Lower Iowa Gulch today (9/24/06), there is a nice rut the whole way. A little icy in places and you definitely will want 4WD and decent clearance, the ruts are a solid foot deep in most places. Of course if it warms up it might melt out again anyway! chicago transplant         
2006-08-09 Is there camping available at this trailhead? I ask because I need to get an early start with my 2 little ones...any help would be appreciated colojp75         
2006-06-11 Up there today (6/11) and the road is clear all the way. No problems. Got to watch for some fallen rock on the road, but you should be able to get pretty much anthing up the road. The Iowa Gulch trail still has a few snowy spots in the valley, but nothing major. Once your out of the valley the trail is pretty clear. No snowshoes or anything needed. mhbare         
2006-05-24 I was up there a couple days ago, and the road was pretty good except for some snow covered areas. The snow covered most of the road in some places so one side would be on the dirt and the other would be on the snow. I drive a dodge dakota and had no problem, but not for the faint of heart, that snow gets pretty exciting after its turned to slush in the afternoon. rtichota         
2006-05-08 Plenty of snow (several feet) still on the road. Had to park about a mile from trailhead. It will be sometime before the snow melts out. Walking up the road was no problem in the morning but there was pleny of post holing on the way back. SWTurner         
2005-05-09 I checked this out on Sunday 5/8 and the snow had melted so that you could go about a mile past winter closure. mshepard         

At the trailhead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-05-16)The usual winter closure at the intersection. Sherman is to the right. (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2007-01-17)

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