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Missouri Gulch Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sawatch Range
14ers Served:  Mt. Belford, Mt. Oxford, Missouri Mountain
Road Type:  2WD, easy dirt road 1   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD dirt to the TH.
Directions:  From Leadville: Drive 20 miles south on U.S. 24 and turn right on the Chaffee County 390 road. From Buena Vista: Drive 14.5 miles north on U.S. 24 and turn left on the Chaffee County 390 road. On the 390 road, drive 7.5 miles to a sign for the Missouri Gulch trailhead. Turn left and drive down into the large parking area. There are restrooms here.
Winter Access:  Closed near 9,200 feet - almost 4 miles below the TH.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2015-01-10 Fair amount of snow on the road, but you can drive to a mile from TH if you have 4wd, good tires and are very careful. Based on the packed snow past that point, don‘t expect to drive to the TH anytime soon. Yikes         
2014-12-20 Snow packed and icy in spots. No problems for 4wd/AWD. But supposed to Snow Sun/Mon. JQDivide         
2014-12-13 TH easily accessible. jmark         
2014-12-12 2WD conditions all the way to the trail head, the parking lot has some deep snow areas but can be avoided, the road itself is mostly dirt half-way and hard packed snow the rest of the way with a few icy spots leonel8a         
2014-11-23 Yesterday I drove all the way to the TH but the road is in deep snow now. (with High clearance 4WD) Drove beyond TH about 3/4 mile before turning around. Eagle Eye         
2014-10-04 Road clear of snow. Just the usual obnoxious corduroy with few pot hole fields thrown in for variety. Does anyone else think if this road were worse it would be better? MountainHiker         
2014-09-20 Still clear and in decent shape: potholes and washboards in different spots aweygandt  1       
2014-06-21 Road to TH from hwy24 is good, passable with any vehicle. chow         
2014-06-13 First three miles to the ranch have been graded/smoothed. The rest of the road is the usual washboard. It is dry and passable by any vehicle. zsmith         
2014-05-20 Clear all the way to trailhead. Drove a Prius if that tells you how accessible it is. High_On_Thin_Air         
2014-04-21 Today, the 390 road is not passible at deep snow drifts about .2 miles past the Missouri Gulch TH. High clearance is needed to get that far, as well. Deep tracks go partially into the snow drifts but not through it. No sign anyone has been able to drive past this point yet. Eagle Eye         
2014-03-22 The road to Missouri Gulch TH isn‘t passable beyond about 4 miles from the TH. If you are daring, try, and get stuck, a fantastic towing company is Gunsmoke Towing from BV :-) Trail up to the stream crossing had been post-holed (thank you whoever man-handled that snow!) and my partner and I packed it down more with skis. Definitely would recommend strapping on snow shoes or skis, the trail is packed now but the base is wonderfully deep. KymbreInDaWild  1       
2014-01-27 The 390 road is: thin ice, dry and washboard to the Clear Creek Ranch road fork (about 4 miles), more snow after 4.5 miles. I reached ~5.8 miles in deep ruts, in a wide turn-around area. The road beyond there was not recently traveled & showed signs of UNSUCCESSFUL attempts to continue! Eagle Eye         
2013-11-10 Still dry, summer-like conditions all the way, and the road is good. Eagle Eye         
2013-09-08 Drove in a rented Rav 4 with absolutely no issue. A few spots to slow down for potholes, but mainly just washboard dirt road. masonpips         
2013-08-11 Chaffe County Road 390 is passable but nothing but a large washboard with some minor potholes. That said, we made it to Missouri Gulch trailhead in a low clearance Honda Civic with no problems, just a bit slower than usual. DaveWruck         
2013-08-11 Washboards all the way and plenty of potholes, but went well past the trailhead in a VW GTI with no issues. colorajo         
2013-08-07 The road is passable by nearly all 2WD vehicles. The only caveat is that the washboarding is enough to jiggle your car apart and loosen your fillings. I wanted to point out one item. The sign for the Missouri Gulch trailhead is in the trees (on the left) and runs parallel to the road (photo 1 and 2). It is also not reflective. If it‘s pitch dark, it‘s easy to miss even if you know roughly where the trailhead is. Measure exactly 7.5 miles from the start of the road. It‘s on the left about 20ft before the reflective ‘Vicksburg Museum Parking‘ sign that is on the right (photo 3). zsmith  3       
2013-06-14 Bone dry all the way to the trail head. Belford/Oxford virtually snow free. ZenZin         
2013-04-27 The road to the trailhead was completely dry and passable by any vehicle. There are a few potholes that are decent in size, but if you drive carefully, you can get around them. The parking area is also in good shape and as long as you aren‘t afraid of a little mud in the afternoon when the snow is melting, you will be fine. michaelgrundy         
2013-02-16 Missouri Gulch is accessible to 4WD vehicles. I made it today with my stock Jeep. About half of Rd. 390 (4 miles) is clear and the second half is snow covered. 2WD vehicles could probably make it to 1-2 miles below Missouri Gulch trailhead, and there is parking along the side of the road. jmark         
2013-01-26 Road WAS snowpacked all the way to the Missouri Gulch TH. A 2wd vehicle can make it with astute driving. It‘s been seeing a lot of visitors. The uphill section was icy and posed some minor problems. I needed to accelerate to make it up it. Snow on the ground at the TH is light & dry. Kiefer         
2013-01-05 Drove past Missouri Gulch TH on the way to Huron. The last few miles of the road is tracked and snowpacked. 4WD vehicles can make it. We did see a Subaru Outback at the TH. USAKeller         
2012-12-21 Was able to get all the way to the TH in a stock Wrangler without any problems. I followed a tire trench made by someone looking for a Christmas tree. In the morning there was snow on all 7.5 miles of 390. On the way out, the snow on the first 3.5 miles had pretty much melted. There is no track past the Missouri Gulch TH on 390 and the snow was about 4 or 5 inches deep. I would think a confident driver of a 4wd vehicle with chains could get to Winfield, but I would be too worried about getting stuck. Dad Mike         
2012-12-01 No damn snow anywhere! Easy ride to TH. oldschool         

In the parking area (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-21)In the parking area, looking at the area where the trail begins (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-21)Start of the trail (Added by: billmiddlebrook on 2007-06-21)Missouri Gulch Trailhead Map/Sign (Added by: Fleischco on 2007-08-17)

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