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Rainbow Trail Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sangre de Cristo Range
14ers Served:  Humboldt Peak
Road Type:  Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Easy 4WD, good-clearance required
Directions:  Take Colorado 69 south from Westcliffe. Drive 4.5 miles and turn right on Colfax Lane. Drive 5.5 miles to the end of Colfax. Turn right and drive 1 mile to a junction. This is usually the location of the winter closure. Continue straight up the 120 Road for 0.3 mile to the Lower 2WD trailhead. In summer, good-clearance vehicles can continue an additional 2.5 miles to the Rainbow Trail Junction (signed). This is the "trailhead."
Winter Access:  The South Colony Lakes road is closed 2.5+ miles below the Rainbow trail junction.
Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2014-11-22 We did Humboldt on Sat and was able to drive up to Rainbow TH in a Land Rover problems with a good amount of snow on the 4x4 section. ralph  1  2      
2014-11-11 This information is only good for a couple days until it gathers some significant snow accumulation this weekend and potentially gets closed for winter. I was able to get a Subaru Outback (albeit somewhat stressful) to the Rainbow Trail. Only a dusting of snow on the road that required a little bit of extra momentum at times. There are several large ice puddles a few inches deep that I significantly shattered with my tires, could be helpful. thurs         
2013-10-19 Was able to make it up to the Trailhead in Jeep Cherokee, There was about 4" of snow on the road. minnow_30         
2013-05-23 Dry and in good condition. dehrlich101    1    
2013-05-15 The road is bare and dry all the way to the Rainbow Trailhead. AW007  1       
2013-05-11 Drove all the way to the Rainbow trail crossing in a 4runner. Lots of snow still on the road shortly after the lower SCL trailhead. I had to back up and gun it up in 4 wheel-low once in a steep, slick spot to get over the hill. Only one other car was at the trailhead - another 4runner. Didnt look like anyone had continued up to the upper trailhead in a while so that stretch might still be a bit dicey. eskermo    2      
2012-10-14 After the storm on 10/12 and 10/13, the South Colony Lakes road is totally clear of snow to the Rainbow Trail TH. Neil         
2012-04-09 Gate is open all the way to trailhead, and with a good 4x4 easily driven. Trailhead from there had lots of trees down. Very hard going first 1/4 mile to stream then pretty clear going till you hit snow in the trees at 10,000. Snow shoes a must to make it past tree line, then it is wide open with almost no snow all the way to the summit. finnicky7  3       
2011-12-25 South Colony Road was plowed to the first intersection west of Colfax about 2.5 miles below the Rainbow Trail. Spoke537  1       
2011-04-02 Still too much snow to make it all the way up to the Rainbow trail TH. You can get within about .3 of a mile, with really aggressive vehicles and/or chains possibly could park in San Isabel property, but wont get very far past it. sevenvii         
2010-10-23 Muddy and 1" of snow. Made it without any problems in my F350 four door, long bed, diesel. Destructo         
2010-05-15 The road is open all the way to Rainbow Trail junction. mountainjam         
2010-05-07 Road still closed about 3/4 mile below the Rainbow Trail junction BillMiddlebrook         
2010-03-17 The normal winter closure is in place. I rode the snowmobile 2.5 miles up the South Colony road (deep snow) to form a temporary track to the Rainbow Trail junction. BillMiddlebrook  1       

South Colony Lakes road and Rainbow Trail junction (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2010-05-10)

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