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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    
2009-05-17 Driveable to about 100 yards shy of the Lower Huerfano trailhead (Zapata Trail), at which point a large tree blocks the road. If you bring a chainsaw and get through this tree, you will be able to get signicantly farther up the road without encountering major snow drifts. GeorgeB         
2009-03-09 With 4WD the road is passable to 3.5 miles before the summer TH (2.5 miles past the Singing River Ranch). A shovel is a good idea though as there is still some snow to deal with. Further passage blocked by deep snow and a downed tree. SarahT         
2009-02-08 As of 2/7 the road is impassable for passenger cars past the Singing River Ranch, 4WD can continue for an additional .5 miles before monster snow drifts will stop anything short of a snowmobile. benners         
2008-11-16 Drove my 4wd to the upper trailhead. 2-4 inches of snow and some icy patches above the second large meadow. Icy stretch by second ranch not for cars. piper14er         
2008-09-15 If you are a great driver then a 2WD would probably suffice, but I would definitely still recommend a 4WD, as accessing the TH with one is pretty much a breeze. ossie322         
2008-09-11 Made it to the trailhead in my AWD Suby WRX on 8/31. Rocks weren‘t too bad, road just steepens a bit toward the last mile. Just gotta keep the momentum going up. Saw another Subaru Outback at the TH- looks like AWD vehicles with decent clearance should make it. Was at night too! summitseeker         
2008-08-31 No wonder the road was so good. Thanks Huerfano County! Drove this Saturday morning 8/30 and it is in great shape. Some standing water here and there but no problem at all, especially if you have some clearance. Road is so good you might even be able to make it in a 2WD car. Beagle         
2008-08-28 Huerfano County roadgrader was working on the upper part of the ranch section of the 580 road on the 26th. He has really smoothed it out nicely, and filled in all of the erosion, potholes, etc. There are still few muddy pieces just below the forest boundary, but it is good mud, not the kind of mud that will get you stuck. huunqs6nq         
2008-08-25 I went up to the Lily Lake trailhead on 8.23.08 and road work has been done on the pond. It was very easy to cross they filled in the road with dirt and we crossed it will no problems. Forgot to take a picture, but it‘s now dirt filled. mtncatmoore         
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         

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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