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Sunshine Mesa Trailhead
Added by Gahugafuga

Location:  San Juan Mountains
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Road Type:  2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
This trailhead provides access to the Bilk Basin approach to the Wilson Group. There are a few steep or rutted sections that may challenge passenger cars, especially when wet. Careful driving will allow most cars to pass safely.
Directions:  From CO 145, turn west on South Fork Road. This turn is 100 yards west of mile marker 71. Follow this road 2.2 miles, then turn right onto Sunshine Mesa Road. Continue straight up the increasingly rough road until arriving at the trailhead 7.7 miles from the turnoff at CO 145. Immediately before the trailhead, you will emerge into a large meadow with several old mining buildings. Bear left into a grove of trees where ample parking and several campsites exist.
Winter Access:  South Fork Road accesses private property and San Miguel County buildings, so it is clear in winter. There do seem to be some homes on the lower Sunshine Mesa Road that may receive plow service, but it is unlikely that the upper road is clear in winter.
Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2011-08-07 The road is still somewhat rutted in places due to two years of heavy monsoon rains. It should still be passable for a well-driven 2WD vehicle. Shallow puddles have formed at flat areas but none are deep enough to cause problems for low-clearance vehicles. Bears are active in the area, so be aware! Gahugafuga         

Meadow near trailhead – bear left here. (Added by: Gahugafuga on 2011-08-08)Shallow puddles and building near trailhead (Added by: Gahugafuga on 2011-08-08)Sunshine Mesa Trailhead (Added by: Gahugafuga on 2011-08-08)Camping and parking adjacent to trailhead gate. (Added by: Gahugafuga on 2011-08-08)

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