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Vallecito Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  San Juan Mountains
14ers Served:  Mt. Eolus, Windom Peak, Sunlight Peak, North Eolus
Road Type:  Paved Road 0   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Winter Access:  Unknown
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2009-08-11 Mt. Eolus, Windom Peak and Sunlight Peak are located within the Weminuche Wilderness. Most people chose to camp in the Chicago Basin area of the Needle Creek Drainage. Please be aware that several special rules apply to the Wilderness and Needle Creek area. ----Weminuche Wilderness---- 1. Group Size is limited to 15 people. 2. Camping is not allowed within 100 feet of any water source (lakes, streams, etc). 3. Dogs must be on a leash or under voice control. 4. Disposal of human waste and gray water within 100 feet of any water source is prohibited. Dig a cathole 6-8" deep for human waste. Trash must be packed out (not burried). ----Needle Creek Drainage---- Due to high use and limited wood, camp fires are prohibited in the entire Needle Creek Drainage. ----Twin Lakes Basin---- As it is a sensitive, confined area above treeline with very high use, camping is prohibited in the Twin Lakes basin through which the trail leading to the most common approaches for the 3 14ers passes. Call the Columbine District of the San Juan National Forest for additional info on rules and regulations. (970) 884-2512 WeminucheRanger         
2009-06-30 Trailhead is paved all the way to the parking lot. It‘s easy to find if you follow the signs. Turn off of US 160 onto CR-501. Stay on 501 until you reach CR-500. Follow 500 to it‘s end at the campground. There is a designated parking area for hikers that is free. This road is maintained year round. CO Native         


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