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McNasser Gulch Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sawatch Range
Road Type:  Moderate 4WD, long wheel base vehicles not recommended. Good clearance required. 4   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
4WD to the lower TH. A bit tougher to reach the upper TH. Plenty of deep water bars and 4WD would be necessary in the spring.
Directions:  From U.S. 24 south of Leadville, take Colorado 82 west towards Twin Lakes. Drive 14.5 miles on Colorado 82 and turn left at the marked La Plata Peak Trailhead. Just left of the parking area, take Forest Service (FS) road 391 (South Fork Lake Creek Road). Drive 2.7 miles on this road to reach a junction - stay right on FS 391. At 3.2 miles, reach a junction for FS 394. This junction is considered the "lower" trailhead so if you had problems getting this far, park in this area. If you have 4WD and good clearance, turn right on FS 394 and continue 1.1 miles to the upper trailhead where the road is gated at 11,360.
Winter Access:  Closed at the La Plata Peak trailhead (start of the FS 391 road).
Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2015-07-26 Road is pretty much the same from the La Plata TH to the Upper TH. Gets pretty rough within the first half mile and stays that way. Good clearance is a must all the way, lots of deep holes and steep bars. If you can make it to the lower TH, you will have no issues getting to the upper TH. I would not classify the lower section as "easy 4WD" anymore kansas         
2014-11-01 There has been some road work that added large water redirection dams in the road. Even after that there are large washes and water damaged areas. I never got out of 2wd on my vehicle driving up to the trailhead, but I certainly needed some good clearance to get through. The road between what is listed as the lower trailhead and upper trailhead isn‘t any worse (possibly better due to less use) than the road leading up to the lower trailhead. The only reason to stop any lower than the end of the road is to get 3,000 feet of elevation gain. I would say this trailhead is a 4wd trailhead (upper and lower) but only for the clearance. CO Native         
2012-10-20 Rough, but low clearance 2wd accessible to the lower TH with very careful driving. Mostly dry, with a few puddles along the way. Don‘t remember any significant problems along road to upper (4wd) TH. Unusual situation: no carpooling. So we had 4 cars at the McNasser Gulch TH: my Honda Fit, another sub-compact, and 2 sedans. It took me (and I think all others) about 30 minutes to drive the 3.3 miles up and about 25 minutes to drive down. The bottom of my front bumper scraped the ground about 4 times each way, but no other bottoming out. The parking that we used was a campsite at about 0.1 mile before where the road splits at 3.3 miles in. Enough room for 4 or 5 cars. CarpeDM    1    
2012-07-04 4X4 road is clear all the way to the forest service gate. All trees have been sawed and moved off of the road. jesse         
2012-06-02 no change, about 6 trees block the upper road. bring a chainsaw or plan on hiking from the lower TH. Yikes         
2012-05-19 Road dry to lower trailhead (high clearance recommended). A couple larger trees block the road to the upper TH almost immediately. Once a few trees are removed, only a small snowdrift blocks the upper TH parking. Monster5         
2011-10-16 The road is 99% snow-free to the upper trailhead. A few puddles on the way, but nothing deep. JosephG         
2011-08-10 Took my ‘02 Subaru Outback up to 11,100‘ on FS 394 before hitting a section that was too rough to continue. Scraped the front bumper (lightly) a couple times on some of the water bars along FS 391. Dunbar         
2011-07-23 FS 391 is dry but has a lot of potholes and deep water bars. FS 394 (to the upper TH) is also dry with the exception of one short, muddy section with large rocks. I was able to get my extended-cab pickup through it without hitting bottom. BillMiddlebrook         

The gate at the upper trailhead. (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2011-07-23)At the gate, looking back down the road (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2011-07-23)Near the end of the road, looking toward the gate (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2011-07-23)

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