Kilpacker basin Trailhead


Road Difficulty

Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD Dirt

Driving Directions

From Telluride, drive south on Colorado 145 to Lizard Head Pass. Continue south for 5.2 miles and turn right onto Forest Road (FR) 535. Drive 5 miles on the 2WD dirt road to reach the signed, Kilpacker trailhead on the right.

Winter Access

Usually closed a short distance up the 535 road - miles below the TH.
Status Updates 
Posted By: Nelson
Info: Road Clear and in good shape for 2wd all the way.
Posted By: Tornadoman
Info: Easily passable by any vehicle, standard bumps and what not. The first half mile is probably the roughest and has some steep switchbacks.
Posted By: Nelson
Info: Road is open and in great shape. Passable for all vehicles.
Posted By: tundraking
Info: The directions say to turn right on "Forest Road". Please note that you should turn right (west) on Forest Road 535. There is also a sign here that says "Dunton". This intersection is about 5 miles past Lizard Head pass if you are coming from Telluride.
Info: Completely dry to the TH.
Posted By: Eagle eye 1
Info: Tried to get to Kilpacker Basin TH off of hwy. 145 via Lizard Head pass. Lots of snow in the trees. Stuck for 3-1/2 hrs. Lots of shoveling!!!!
Posted By: MountainHiker
Info: Agree 4WD not needed, however the first hill is steep by 2WD standards. Also until past that first hill the road is narrow enough that when vehicles meet, one stops at a good spot while the other slowly passes. The road surface is mostly in good maintained shape. There were a lot of horse trailers.
Posted By: CO Native
Info: This trailhead is by no means 4wd. My first time there was in a VW Jetta and the second in a Honda Civic. No problems either time. Didn‘t even have to drive all that slow.
Posted By: PKR
Info: Road is clear to trailhead.
Posted By: KenE
Info: The road is clear to the trailhead, except for one small patch of snow about 12 inches high. I was able to cross in a front drive sedan with no problems.
Posted By: rthompson
Info: Trailhead is open if approached from the NE.

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