Trailhead:  West Willow Creek
San Juan Mountains
 Posted By:  ncxhjhgvbi
 Date of Info:  05/23/2020
 Date Posted:  05/24/2020
 Status Update
The 503 road is open all the way to the 4x4 trailhead, however I would recommend parking before the creek crossing as described in the TH description at mile 8.2. I pushed my luck and made it to the top in a stock Tacoma. There are two drifts before the crossing and a few after that were no problem, but after the creek mud becomes an issue. I was seriously concerned I would get stuck and barely made it out of a few rough spots. The only vehicle at the top besides ATVs and bikes was a modified F150 with proper mud tires. If the road is frozen in the morning, it would be very easy to get to the top and then have a rough time getting back down after it thaws later in the day. My fears about getting stuck manifested when an ATV in front of us on the way out got stuck and actually broke a wheel trying to break free of the mud. A few others helped move it off the road and I took them down the road to Creede, getting very lucky with careful yet sometimes brazen driving.

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