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Stewart Creek Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  San Juan Mountains
14ers Served:  San Luis Peak
Road Type:  2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Rough 2WD dirt to the TH.
Directions:  The directions shown here assume you are coming from the north. If you are coming from the San Luis Valley area, drive north on Colorado 114 to Dome Lakes, turn left onto the "15-GG" road and follow the directions from the 15-GG road:
  • Take U.S. 50 to the junction of Colorado 114 just east of Gunnison. It is approximately 47 miles to the trailhead from this intersection.
  • Turn south onto Colorado 114.
  • Drive about 20 miles and turn right onto the NN-14 road.
  • Drive 6.8 miles to Dome Lakes and turn right onto the 15-GG dirt road (also known as FR 794 when you reach National Forest).
  • The road briefly goes around the lake where there is a small junction. Stay left on the main road.
  • From the start of the 15-GG road, drive 15.7 miles to an intersection where there are signs.
  • Follow the sign for the Stewart Creek trailhead by continuing straight on the 794 road.
  • Drive 4.3 miles to the trailhead.
  • Be alert for the signed trailhead. It used to have a parking area down to the right but that was closed in 2014 and the road was widened for cars to park alongside.
  • Another option is to continue 1/4 mile down the road and park at the Eddiesville trailhead which now has a new outhouse. If you park at Eddiesville, begin your San Luis hike by walking back up the road and turning left onto the start of the Stewart Creek trail.
Winter Access:  Closed far away from the TH.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2011-06-11 Road‘s dry and open. The only tricky section is getting into the parking lot because of potholes. Yalegirl09         
2011-05-26 Gunnison USFS says the road is impassible due to snowdrifts about 20 miles from the TH near the start of the 15-GG road. They are sending crews back there, but it sounded like the road was a couple weeks away from being opened. Monster5    1      
2010-08-05 The dirt road from both sides (lake city and 114) are in great shape and easily passable by any passenger car. The important turns are well marked with signs and I feel I could have done it without any special directions. The turn immediately into the TH parking lot is very rutted and a little dicey, but passable if you are careful where you place your wheels and stay out of the ruts. The parking lot is littered with lots of ruts and large rocks, so low clearance or 2WD vehicles may consider parking somewhere along the road. Look for a fantastic camping site/clearing to park in about .2 miles west of the TH. crossfitter         
2010-08-01 Made it to the TH in a small 2WD vehicle. Parked along the road, too many large rocks in the parking lot. The drive in is very long and it is A GREAT IDEA to do your homework on the route in. One must pay great attention to the signs and turns. Markwise         
2010-07-11 LONG, LONG drive in - but scenic with plenty of car-camping. Looks to be generally passable by any passenger car but you will have to take it slower than a 4x4. There are a few spots that might require a car to drive carefully. A passenger car will have to park along the road prior to the TH because the entrance into the TH is severely eroded. Good luck and San Luis is worth every mile. jeremy27         
2010-05-31 Stewart Creek TH is now OPEN as of Sunday May 30, dry and snow free and not in bad shape at all. MikenColorado         
2010-05-20 After talking with the Gunnison USFS folks today, here's the current status: Road is still CLOSED/gated miles before the Stewart Creek trailhead and they are going back there next week to reevaluate. It's closed due to snow drifts and mud beyond the gate. They hope to have it open by Memorial Day weekend. BillMiddlebrook         
2009-06-24 Road clear of snow and dry to trailhead. Pappy         
2009-06-22 Drove in no problem, all roads in good shape. Climbed San Luis on Sunday (Father‘s Day) and trail was in good shape as well. Some wet spots and a little snow up top, but very doable. theredmex         
2009-06-04 Drove all the way in and out on 6/03 in 2wd. Even after all the rain there are no significant mud holes. Trail is free of snow until about 12400. goclimbamtn         
2009-06-01 As of Sunday the road has dried out enough for any 2WD to get to the trailhead. The road is quite good, but if there is a lot of rain I can see it getting difficult in spots. ksegasser         
2009-05-26 Road is clear of snow all the way to the small parking lot at the TH and beyond. Due to the recent rain the entire 15-GG road is one huge mudhole, QUITE impassable by anything less than a 4WD with good clearance. My party parked our civics at the start of 15-GG and caught a ride the last 15 miles to the TH. Lyssah         
2008-09-08 Excellent dirt road when coming from Gunnison, esp the first ~7 miles- smoother than most NYC roads. Looked at the speedo and was doing 50 several times! Easily passable by passenger cars. As stated by Papillon, the parking area is dicey for cars though so watch out for that. Steve_P         
2008-09-07 Roach‘s directions from Lake City are spot on and I had no problems with my Honda Civic until pulling into the actual parking lot which is nasty and should be avoided. Papillon         
2008-07-10 2wd/passenger cars have no problem from Lake City or from the east. Roads were clear and dry. bradyj         
2008-07-10 2wd/passenger cars have no problem from Lake City or from the east. Roads were clear and dry. bradyj         
2008-06-16 Road is very dry and dusty. Plenty of water in Stewart Creek for caching beers. covfrrider         
2008-06-13 Trail is dry except for a few small patches of snow which can be avoided easily. No need for ice axe or crampons. Watch out for falling trees when windy. There are probably a dozen trees across the trail which have blown over recently. aidworker         
2008-06-02 I second the below posting. Completely dry and driveable for a 2wd car. The trail is essentially snow free up to the first creek crossing (~3 miles in?). IHikeLikeAGirl         
2008-06-02 The road is open and dry, This has to be one of the best dirt roads to a TH I have been on, I think any vehicle can make it to this TH. jerryz         
2008-05-26 Open with just a few lingering patches of snow/mud. 2WD with clearance can make it. TH parking and first two miles of trail are dry. JBS         
2007-08-10 The previous report by (mtgirl) is very accurate. The dirt road is the best one I have driven in Colorado! A low rider could easily make it to within 1/4 mile of the TH. The entrance to the TH is a bit rough, but a vehicle with good clearance, and a driver with patience, could easily make it. The only downside is that there are not toilets. This place is a paradise if you are looking for solitude. robanar         
2007-07-16 The road should be passable to all 2WD vehicles, even with low clearance. Expect a good 90 minute+ ride from the 50/114 intersection. The only minor problem might be as you make the sharp right turn into the trailhead parking lot. It's a steep drop on uneven terrain. If you feel your car can't make the turn, there is a parking/camping spot about 1/4 mile before the trailhead lot on the right hand side. For those that can make the actual trailhead, there is a nice, flat camping spot under the trees. Spent the night on 7/14 for a 7/15 hike up San Luis. Very peaceful ! mtgirl         
2007-06-14 Open and dry. billmiddlebrook         
2006-06-04 Approached trailhead from east, CO114. Road is clear all the way to trail head. Road has some minor rutting but should be no problem for non-4WD vehicles. The only problem in a low clearance vehicle might be when you actuall turn into parking lot, there is a little bit of a dip. swturner         

The turn down into the trailhead (Added by: billmiddlebrook on 2007-06-21)In the parking area (Added by: billmiddlebrook on 2007-06-21)Start of the trail (Added by: billmiddlebrook on 2007-06-21)Sign posted at the start (Added by: billmiddlebrook on 2007-06-21)

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