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East Dallas Creek Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  San Juan Mountains
14ers Served:  Mt. Sneffels
Road Type:  2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD Dirt to the TH.
Directions:  Take CO-62 from Ridgway (there's only one direction: west) and follow it for a few miles up a steep gain and around a bend. You descend a gentle hill where there is a brown recreation sign that says "National Forest Access East Dallas Creek" with an arrow pointing to the left (south). Take this turn and follow the road for approx. 9. There are a number of turnoffs/driveways for various ranches, but just stay on the well-marked, main road. The trailhead is easily accessible for two-wheel drive, and there is plentiful camping in one of the finest car-accessible campsites in Colorado. The trailhead itself is about a quarter mile further up the road from the open meadow where the first campsites are located. It gets a bit more rough on this final stretch, but it's still an easy road and a 2wd shouldn't have any trouble making it.
Winter Access:  Usually closed at least 4 miles below the TH.
Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2011-05-29 You can drive to within 20‘ of the trailhead parking lot, there was one last snow drift that hadn‘t been broken trough but a guy in a lifted Wrangler busted it on Sunday afternoon, just needs a few days for his ruts to melt out enough and everyone else should be able to drive those last 20‘, but what‘s an extra 20‘ of walking, essentially this trailhead is open for the season. A few lower snow drifts are leaving parts of the road wet and a little muddy, and there is a log that had fallen that is cut through but only wide enough for "single lane" traffic at that point. Some rocky parts and potholes may be a little rough on lower clearance vehicles, but we saw a Saturn Ion sedan at the trailhead, so it can‘t be that bad. Chicago Transplant         
2010-05-11 Open to with in .5 mi. of Blue Lakes TH. PKR         
2009-05-11 Road open to Blaine Basin/Blue Lakes TH. jbchalk         
2008-06-15 Clear all the way to Blue Lake Trailhead. Andy         
2008-05-19 Road clear to 8.4 miles off CO 62 (0.6 miles below TH). jbchalk         
2005-09-09 9-3-05 Same as above.Kinda rough the last 4-5 miles but easily passable. Trailhead was good,looked like brand new signs. MickeyT         
2005-05-30 Drove up to camp near this trailhead on Friday, 5/27, and it was completely clear of snow and easily passable. There were some bumps on the road, especially near the end, but no worse than last year. Pretty much anything could get up there. Nathan Hale         

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