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Gibson Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sangre de Cristo Range
Road Type:  2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Only rough for the last 0.2 mile.
Directions:  From Westcliffe, continue south on CO 69 and turn west on Country Road (CR) 160 across from the Centex/Subway Gas Station. Drive 6 miles on CR 160 to reach a fork. Turn right on CR 164 and drive 1.5 miles to reach CR 172. Turn left on CR 172 and continue 0.3 mile to reach the Forest Service boundary (and likely winter closure). Continue another 0.2 mile to reach the trailhead.
Winter Access:  There’s a house just below the National Forest boundary so the road is likely plowed to that point. BUT the land owner(s) have placed "No Parking" signs on both sides of the road in that area so parking could be an issue in winter. It might be best to contact the local Forest Service office for more info on winter parking.
Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2013-07-12 There is a parking area with a few camp sites and fire rings about .2 miles from the actual trailhead that any vehicle can easily access (I took my Honda Civic). Very low clearance vehicles would be best to park here rather than drive the final .2 miles. mtgirl         
2013-06-01 Trail head dry and clear. Patches of snow around 9000‘. Snow drifts with a lot of post-holing around 10,500‘. All creeks were a little swollen but passable. summit2sea         
2013-02-02 The road is clear and it only becomes snowy/icy in the last .2 miles - not deep and very easy for my Rav 4, a 2wd w/ front wheel could have made it. We found an old boot track in the snow for the first half mile, but it disappeared after that. After that point, the snow becomes deep and powdery; it made for very slow going and we did not summit Spread Eagle. The couloir on Spread Eagle had three to four foot depths of poorly consolidated snow - postholing to the knee even with snowshoes. Marmot72         
2012-02-26 Bare dirt to the Nat‘l Forest boundary, too much snow beyond that. I parked just down the road on 173. Still less than 0.3 mi from the TH. Boggy B    1 1    
2011-05-15 Just a light dusting of snow on the road the 14th, just a little wet on the 15th. A passenger car could make it to the trailhead luckyzsquirrel         
2010-12-07 Road open to the trailhead. As of today, the last 0.2 mile (once in Forest Service land) has some snow coverage, but not enough to stop good-clearance vehicles. BillMiddlebrook         

Trailhead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2010-12-08)Entering the trailhead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2010-12-08)

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