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Huerfano/Lily Lake Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sangre de Cristo Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Lindsey
Road Type:  Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Very Rough 2WD access to the upper trailhead at 10,700. Good clearance required. 4WD may be required in spring when large puddles and mud are present.
Directions: 
- Drive to the town of Gardner, northwest of Walsenburg on Colorado 69.
- From Gardner, head west for about 1/2 mile on CO 69 and turn west on the road to Mosca Pass. There should be brown Forest Service signs on CO 69 indicating the turn.
- Just after the start of this road, a Forest Service sign states "Upper Huerfano - 21.5" and "Lily Lake Trhd - 22.5".
- After 7.0 miles the road turns to dirt.
- Continue 4.8 miles to a junction and stay left on Forest Road 580.
- Drive 3.4 miles and enter private property where a "Forest Access" sign reads "Upper Huerfano - 5.3 mi."
- Continue 0.5 mile and stay left at the entrance to the Singing River ranch. The road becomes rough, narrow, but still 2WD.
- Continue 0.9 mile and pass the entrance to the Aspen River ranch. The road becomes more difficult.
- Drive 3.4 miles to enter the San Isabel National Forest.
- Drive 0.8 mile and pass a small sign for the Huerfano and Zapata trails.
- Drive 1 more mile to the end of the road at the Lily Lake TH.
Winter Access:  Usually closed near the ranches, many miles below the TH.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2008-08-09 Pond/puddle still there 8-9-08. Stay left if approaching trailhead, right if leaving TH. Drainage tube is shallower on right side of photo. (See picture below). Crossed with no problem in an Xterra, many other trucks and SUV‘s crossed fine, including a Geo Tracker. mtnklutz         
2008-08-09 Pond/puddle still there 8-9-08. Stay left if approaching trailhead, right if leaving TH. Drainage tube is shallower on right side of photo. (See picture below). Crossed with no problem in an Xterra, many other trucks and SUV‘s crossed fine, including a Geo Tracker. mtnklutz         
2008-08-04 Fifteen minutes with a shovel and removal of a couple fallen logs, and that puddle could be drained. Until then, 2wd cars still need to stop at the puddle/pond as of 3 August 2008. MUni Rider         
2008-07-28 Large puddle mentioned below is still there as of July 27; it was more than a few inches deep. I‘d want at least AWD with better than average passenger car clearance; hi-clearance 4WD would be no problem. scotthsu         
2008-07-19 There is a very large puddle a few inches deep with an exposed culvert about 3 miles from the parking area. All cars we saw were parked here. A 4x4 Xterra and Escape were able to make it in and out without problem. Cody         
2008-06-29 Same as last report. covfrrider         
2008-06-15 Trees have been cleared, trailhead is accessable with high clearance 2wd. doumall         
2008-06-13 A fallen tree blocks the road about 0.75 from the Huerfano and Zapata trailhead and 1.75 miles from the Lily Lake trailhead. thatguy         
2008-05-31 There are several creek crossings and a couple large, deep puddles (one about a foot deep), but my Jeep made it through no-problem. We got stopped about 1/3 of a mile from the TH by snowdrifts. The snowdrifts were rapidly melting - another week of warm temps and you might be able to get all the way to the TH. Ridge runner         
2008-05-29 As of 27 May, there is a large snowdrift, which will stop any vehicle, about halfway between the NF boundary and the actual trailhead. Beyond that, the road/trail has serious drifts in numerous places, but they are melting fast. The pool of muddy water (the drain culvert appears to be blocked) about a mile short of the forest boundary is only about 6 inches deep, and can actually be safely crossed by most vehicles. cftbq         
2008-05-04 Climbed Lindsey via the North Couloir on Tuesday. The road is passable via passenger car to about 17 miles from the Redwing spur of Colorado 69. Four-wheel drive can make it to mile 18.5, then ice and densly consolidated snow drifts make it to treacherous to drive any further. DaveP         
2008-04-26 Intermitent snow drifts 3.2 miles short of trailhead - 1/4 mi. short of pond crossing (Chev. Tahoe could go no further). Solid snow cover (4‘+) from nat‘l forest boundary to trailhead. Estimate 2-3 weeks will be able to drive to nat‘l forest boundary, 5-8 weeks before you might be able to drive to trailhead. cpstoney         
2007-11-26 The road has consistent 3" snow coverage, and the water crossings are topped with about a 1 1/2" to 2" of good hard ice...mind your undercarriage. wildbrookie         
2007-11-03 For those coming from the west over La Veta Pass, check out this link for a great shortcut -- http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/150496/mount-lindsey.html -- I'm going this way today, so I'll give more info if needed burningthebushes         
2007-08-11 As if 08/09/2007 road is in great shape until reaching Singing River Ranch. After that, it becomes rough but passable for 4x2 Ford Ranger pickup or vehicles with similar clearance. About 2 miles past the Singing River Ranch there is a low water crossing that will present problems for low clearance passenger cars. Gene913         
2007-06-10 Passable for 4wd cars all the way to the trailhead. swm88er         
2007-05-27 Still some snow banks near the top. Parking available at a campsite within a 10 minute walk from the trailhead. ClimbandMine         
2006-05-30 This road is good all the way up. luigi         
2006-05-23 completely dry the entire way......gets a little rough towards the end frozenfire075         
2006-04-30 Was able to drive all the way to the Lily Lake trailhead on Thursday evening. There was one large snowbank that took 3 attempts to get through, but it's got tracks through it now Most 4wd's should be good all the way to the TH. run2xs         
2005-06-20 Clear and tame road, low clearance vehicles can make it to a mile of trailhead. some water filled low spots in the way. On the whole do not require 4 wheel drive, just a bit of clearance gurbi         
2005-06-16 This is an easy 4x4 road. I drove up on 6/15/05 in my Subaru wagon GL 4x4hi/4x4low. It was a breeze and a beautiful drive. You will need a vehicle with some clearence, but you shouldn't need 4x4 if you're a good driver. Of course, in winter it's a completely different ball game. tommy dorr         

The TH parking area (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-03)Start of the trail on the west side of the parking area (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-03)Water crossing between Singing River and Aspen River Ranches (Added by: wildbrookie on 2007-11-26)Typical ice coverage on 11/24/07 (Added by: wildbrookie on 2007-11-26)Huerfano/Lily Lake TH  parking lot from th sign– April 26, 2008 (Added by: cpstoney on 2008-04-27)Zap trail (Added by: yodmc714 on 2012-06-05)fawn (Added by: yodmc714 on 2012-06-05)

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