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Purgatory 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:  Off of Highway 550, and no winter closure.
Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2013-07-03 Hiked into Chicago Basin from Purgatory on Jun 30; Packed out on Jul 3. Trail is free and clear, no snow, no mud, no closures. Downed trees have been cut and all is clear....just LONG. nyker         
2013-07-01 Purgatory TH: 37.629668,-107.806526 zxbraves         
2011-04-11 A couple of feet at the TH and for the first 1/8mi or so, but beyond that it‘s mostly melted out. The TH itself is N facing and is on steep treed slope, therefore is in the shadows a lot. Beyond Purg. Flats, and in the canyon, I crossed over 4 avy debris piles, other than those, the trail to Cascade/Animas is dry. Tracks from Cascade to Needleton is dry. Across the bridge and at the TH for Needleton Creek is dry, but I didn‘t go beyond the sign. I went to the north. S and W aspects up to at least 9200‘ is mostly melted out, from my observations and what I encountered. d_baker  4       
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         


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