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Clear Crk./S.Winfield Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sawatch Range
14ers Served:  Huron Peak
Road Type:  Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD dirt to Winfield.
4WD to upper TH. SUVs with good clearance can make it if the road is dry.
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 (dirt), drive 11.8 miles to Winfield. Turn left and measure from here. Drive 0.1 mile to reach the lower, 2WD trailhead on the left. After 0.4 mile, the road gets rugged and narrow (4WD required). After 0.7 mile, stay right at a junction. After 1.7 miles, the Banker Mine road is to the left - stay straight on the main road and continue to the end, at 2.1 miles. The trail starts past the parking area.
Winter Access:  Closed near 9,200 feet - many miles below the TH.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2011-05-14 390 is drivable to the Winfield town site. There is a bit of lingering snow right before you reach it, though, that might give a little bit of trouble to low-clearance vehicles. Lots of lingering snow up to the S. Winfield TH. We postholed along the road in early morning. Finding the TH is difficult unless you know where you are going -- especially through the wide-open areas. Look for lingering ski and showshoe tracks, but they may be covered due to this afternoon‘s thundersnow storms. tmathews         
2011-04-23 A group of us attempted to hike Huron Peak 4/23/11. Chaffee 390 from US 24 is driveable to roughly 9.8 miles with a good clearance 4WD vehicle. At that mileage there is a large snow drift that got us stuck for a good hour. From that point it was just under 2 miles to Winfield and another 2.1 from there to the 4WD trailhead. There is still a lot of snow and as we found out snow shoes were a must. We did post hole some however with out snow shoes it would have been way worse. deckmatt4         
2010-11-06 Easily drivable to about 100 yards past the 2WD TH. A couple icy patches before Winfield but nothing to cause a problem. A 4Runner made it above the ice/snowpack in the trees up to the 4WD TH. Snowshoes/traction were not used on the hike. Monster5         
2010-10-23 Drove up to the TH in a couple of inches of snow. Only a few patches remained on the road on the way out. Probably won‘t be able to get to the TH for much longer this year. tmathews         
2010-10-16 Made it up in my Subaru Outback - easily done if you drive slowly and know where your wheels are. Note - when starting up the trail do not go straight at the main trail sign Instead turn left where you will see the Huron Trail sign  lizard  2       
2010-09-24 Drove to the upper "4WD" trailhead in a 2WD 4Runner with no problems. Gator         
2010-08-30 Made it all the way in a Forester. A few difficult spots. Go slow. njlinderer         
2010-08-30 Made it all the way in a Forester. A few difficult spots. Go slow. njlinderer         
2010-08-26 Yup, the road has certainly been improved since I last drove it but it‘s still 4WD. Drove the 4WD Chevy Suburban up there - no problem. Cars should park at the lower trailhead. BillMiddlebrook         
2010-08-06 Road is fine, no damage from recent rains, although there are a few puddles and muddy areas. TravelingMatt         
2010-08-01 Agree with previous poster. I took a 2006 Outback very slowly and made it just fine. Neil         
2010-07-26 Took a 2000 Outback to TH today - bottomed out the front bumper a few times, but that could probably have been avoided by going slower Vincopotamus         
2010-07-20 Drove to the top in a jeep Liberty. There was a subaru forester at the top if that gives you a sense of the road. The very first big dip is the worst; after that it becomes much tamer griffincnotrees         
2010-06-25 County Road 390 is washboarded but any vehicle can make it to Winfield and the great camping area there. Road to Huron TH is not too bad for a vehicle with good clearance but it is rough. There are a couple of small streams that cross the road but neither poses much problem. There are some big humps that a longer wheelbase vehicle could find to be an issue as well as some big rocks. The parking area filled up quickly so try to start early. huffy13         
2010-05-31 Wet but clear to the upper trailhead gate at 10,560‘ for Huron. Barrett Cooper         
2010-05-24 5/8 update still essentially accurate. Park at the pulloff not far beyond Winfield. Numerous snowbanks and fields across the road before you can get to the further TH. A couple more weeks... Doug Shaw         
2010-05-08 the road is dry all the way to Winfield. Got my truck ~0.5 mi further before the snow was too deep. Boggy B         
2010-03-28 Snowed in 3 miles short of Vicksburg. cjw         
2009-10-03 The road has been graded at some point this summer, so the difficult areas have been removed. A standard high clearance vehicle should have no issue. We were there 10/3 and saw two or three low-clearance cars beyond the "4 Wheel Drive" sign and even one at the trailhead. It is expected to snow 10/4 so expect mud & ice after that date, but the road may again be passable to all vehicles for the 2010 summer season. Mel McKinney         
2009-05-17 Chaffee County 390 and FS road 390 are both dry, although some small patches of snow exist. We had no trouble getting all the way to the forest service closure gate at 10,600ft. Ski4me         
2009-04-09 The main road is dry for the first 8 miles (to the Missouri Gulch Th) and then patching snow for the remaining 4 miles to Winfield. The 4WD road from Winfield to Huron is snow-covered but I doable for an advanced snowmobile rider with a deep track. BillMiddlebrook         
2008-11-21 Went up this morning at 6am and could not get past the 2WD parking... long slick of thick ice immediately after up a hill, but if you have chains perhaps and can get past it, then you should be fine the rest of the way. breezytrees         
2008-11-07 11/07/08 Used the road leading to the trail head. There is currently 3 inches of snow on the road and some ice. This makes the road a little slick. I had no problems, but the slick nature of the road was a little un-nerving. Gary Brady         
2008-10-20 Hiked Huron Peak from this trailhead on 10/19. 4WD road was rough, but passable, with a few spots of frozen mud and ice in the morning, but nothing that would stop a standard 4WD vehicle. We took an Xterra to the trailhead, and saw an Explorer and a pickup truck there. jefficke         
2008-09-21 climbed Huron from this TH on 9/17/08. Road is clear all the way to 4 x 4 parking. Last two miles is very rough and full of potholes. Would not recommend a 2wd on last two miles pt4         

Start of the trail at the end of the road (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-03)In Winfield, turn left near the buildings (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-21)In Winfield, looking down the road to the trailhead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-06-21)This is usually the worst spot of the 4WD road – about 0.6 miles up. (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2010-08-26)Parking area at upper (4WD) trailhead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2010-08-26)

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