Cuba Gulch Trailhead
Added by Wyoming Bob

Location:  San Juan Mountains
Road Type:  Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Trailhead for Cuba Gulch access to Centennial Half Peak and Snare Gulch Approach to Centennial Jones and Bicentennial Niagara. 4WD (stock Tacoma - basic 4WD skills) road extends 3.4 miles from Cataract Gulch Trailhead, including one stream crossing. Driveable road concludes at Cuba Gulch TH although track continues up "Snare Stairs" and into basin below east side of Jones Peak. "Snare Gulch Approach" (described in Roach & Roach 13’ers guide) beyond Cuba Gulch closed by signage, creek cut, downed trees, and scree/talus slides covering road at upper SS switchbacks. You are walking from Cuba Gulch TH onward.
Directions:  Proceed 3.4 additional miles beyond Cataract Gulch Trailhead, which is located on the Sherman Road (Hinsdale County Road 35), 15.5 miles total from Lake City.
Winter Access:  Unknown
Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2015-06-21 Made it to the trailhead on a stock Honda Pilot. Stream crossing was surprisingly straightforward given how high the creeks all are. Ghigs         
2015-05-04 Clear 1.3 miles beyond Cataract Gulch before you encounter sporadic drifts. If you are creative, you can get maybe another .5 mile. SJ Ron  San Juan Ron         
2015-02-14 TH is open and plowed to Cataract Gulch TH. Snowmobile track for initial 2 miles, bootpack/snowshoe and now skin track after that. Tracks appeared to have continued in the direction of Snare gulch past the Boulder gulch turnoff. SnowAlien         
2014-06-13 Open to within .5 mile or so of TH. Road is a bit rough. I recommend parking at 4M from split with CR 30 or just beyond creek crossing. SJ Ron  San Juan Ron         
2014-06-05 You can drive 1.9 miles beyond the Cataract Gulch TH before you encounter a major slide area with lots of downed trees. SJ Ron  San Juan Ron         
2014-05-25 The road still has snow drifts about 1.5 miles past Grouse/Burns Gulch Trailhead. We decided to climb Half Peak and not Jones as we were not sure our 4x4 would not get stuck on one of the drifts. Ski4me         
2014-03-16 Road is plowed and clear to the winter closure at the Cataract Gulch TH. sdkeil         
2013-04-27 The usual snow barricade is easily crossed. You can get to within 1.5 miles of Cuba Gulch THs before large snowfields become an major issue. SJ Ron  San Juan Ron  1       
2012-05-28 05/28/2012- Cuba Gulch trail head is open all the way to the trailhead. It is 3.4 miles up. At 2.5 miles you cross a creek that is probably 8 inches deep, not too bad. The road is pretty rough in spots. I made it safely in my Subaru Outback. 14ersKen         
2011-07-03 Road clear and dry but for stream crossing. Crossing was a non issue in stock Tacoma (6 to 12" water, solid gravel bed). Driveable road terminates 3.4 miles beyond Cataract Gulch TH. Wyoming Bob         

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