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Browns Creek Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sawatch Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Antero
Road Type:  2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD Dirt
Directions:  About 10 miles south of Buena Vista, turn west onto County Road (CR) 270 and set your tripometer here. Drive 1.5 miles west on CR 270 and continue straight on CR 272 to 3.5 miles at an intersection. Stay on CR 272 by turning left (south) and driving to the trailhead after another 1.5 miles - approx. 5 miles from U.S. 285.
Winter Access:  Unknown
Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2012-11-24 Road is in Great condition - 100% DRY illusion7il         
2012-06-10 Took Browns Creek to Browns Lake to summit Antero 6/9-6/10. Forest Service has only cleared out about 1/10 of the trail at this point. Met 3 groups of hikers who turned back due to the mess of trees. The fallen tree section is about 2 miles long at this point and it takes a little bit of patience and a lot of determination to get through to the lake. I added some pictures of what pretty much all fallen tree sections currently look like. If you are headed to Browns lake, I suggest going up to the right around the tree mess until you get pretty close to the lake. Don‘t be fooled by some trail segments appearing, there are three separate sections of downed trees, so just stay higher up if you want to make a decent time to the lake. I counted the number of scratches I got on my legs and arms from navigating the trees...80+, so be prepared for some battle wounds. GermanLovesHiking  3       
2012-05-28 From the Brown Creek TH we took the CT to Little Brown Creek, it was in great shape and completely clear except for one 200ft section of blow down that wasn‘t too hard to navigate. Water is intermittent in the valley as it sinks underground periodically. thebeave7  2       
2012-05-26 Brown‘s Creek trail is only cleared up to about 4 miles from the TH off CR 272, at which point the trail disappears under downed trees. I spent 2 hours trying to get through these trees on 5/24, and only went 0.75 miles, and couldn‘t even find the lake. Not sure when it will get cleared, but it will take a lot of work. jeepdriver  1  2      
2012-05-15 On 5/15/12 a crew was clearing trees. Assuming the addition of additional chainsaws by the forest service crew happened on 5/17, Browns Creek trail should once again be considered open to Browns Lake. God, what a horrible mess of trees. This valley will take years to recover. atbaritone         
2012-03-29 CR 272 is now open to the Browns Creek Trailhead. Road is in great shape. If you go past the Browns Creek TH it gets muddy. dehrlich101         
2012-03-23 County Roads 272 and 274 are still closed at that intersection for the season. No snow on the road to that point and past the barricade. The Forest Service said that it maybe open on Monday 3/26 if the mud isn‘t too bad. The Salida Ranger district # is 719 539-3591. dehrlich101         
2012-02-19 County Roads 272 and 274 are closed for the season at that intersection. Only snowmobiles/ATVs, horse and foot traffic beyond this point. Was there on Feb 19th. Plenty of snow on the ground in the trees. Would make for a long day getting to the trail head on foot then heading to Browns Lake. 270 and 272 were snow free to the winter parking area. TommyF    2      
2011-11-24 Easily accessible all the way to the parking area. atbaritone         
2011-07-02 so I thought the milage listed in the route info would actually be from the TH listed in the route info. 22 miles (not 6.5) later and im sorry I didnt read the report before I got there! Read! mike and maddy         
2009-08-07 Good paved/unpaved road to trailhead. Great parking with bathroom. No water. Trail well marked. croyrun         
2009-07-08 Accessible by passenger car. Always_Wear_Sunscreen         
2005-05-30 The Brown's Creek trailhead is easily accessible as of 5/25. Hiking up the trail, I didn't see any snow until at least 10,500 feet. Nathan Hale         

Trailhead parking in background. (Added by: croyrun on 2009-08-07)Brown‘s Creek Trailhead (start) (Added by: croyrun on 2009-08-07)Brown‘s Creek Trailhead (Added by: croyrun on 2009-08-07)Just a regular day, getting ready to hike a 14er. (Added by: GermanLovesHiking on 2012-06-11)

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