Cuba Gulch Trailhead
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Location

San Juan Mountains
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Road Difficulty

Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Trailhead for Cuba Gulch access to Centennial Half Peak and Snare Gulch Approach to Centennial Jones and Bicentennial Niagara. 4WD (stock Tacoma - basic 4WD skills) road extends 3.4 miles from Cataract Gulch Trailhead, including one stream crossing. Driveable road concludes at Cuba Gulch TH although track continues up "Snare Stairs" and into basin below east side of Jones Peak. "Snare Gulch Approach" (described in Roach & Roach 13'ers guide) beyond Cuba Gulch closed by signage, creek cut, downed trees, and scree/talus slides covering road at upper SS switchbacks. You are walking from Cuba Gulch TH onward.

Driving Directions

Proceed 3.4 additional miles beyond Cataract Gulch Trailhead, which is located on the Sherman Road (Hinsdale County Road 35), 15.5 miles total from Lake City.

Winter Access

Unknown
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Posted By: Trotter
Info: Immediately past Cataract Gulch TH, road goes 4WD. Possibly suburuable with very slow and experienced driver, but I think stock 4WD is necessary. 3 or 4 tough places in the first mile, but then gets easier. Not many passing spots
 
Posted By: CaptCO
Info: Tougher than expected. Easier version of Nellie Creek/SCL but clearance and 4wd/AWD recommended. Easy access to Jones, wasnt able to attempt half peak unfortunately
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Posted By: Alrightmax
Info: Cuba Gulch is Subaruable to the trailhead for an experienced driver. The fist mile or so is the worst, if you can get past that you’re golden. There is severe avalanche damage to land in the first half of the road; some lower campsites may be inaccessible, but the road is clear.
 
Posted By: Furthermore
Info: Road is plowed and accessible by any 2WD to the Cataract Gulch TH.
 
Posted By: Danger_D
Info: I made it all the way up with my stock RAV-4, but this is about the limit of what the car could handle. A few gentle dings, but it was all doable. If you have a mid-sized SUV you should be fine, but I wouldn’t make this your introduction. There are about a dozen campsites along the road, but a lot of avy debris got rid of a few. The last good campsite is about .7 miles before the trailhead
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Posted By: gb
Info: Road is clear and open to Cataract. .5 miles past the Cataract trailhead is the first of many historically large avalanches blocking the road with thousands of downed trees- one of the largest and most destructive slides I have seen. Debris covered approx .6 miles of road and took 1.5 hours to navigate. Road to Cuba would encounter several other large slides, though I do not believe any would be quite as large as the first one.
 
Posted By: Ghigs
Info: Made it to the trailhead on a stock Honda Pilot. Stream crossing was surprisingly straightforward given how high the creeks all are.
 
Posted By: San Juan Ron
Info: Clear 1.3 miles beyond Cataract Gulch before you encounter sporadic drifts. If you are creative, you can get maybe another .5 mile. SJ Ron
 
Posted By: SnowAlien
Info: TH is open and plowed to Cataract Gulch TH. Snowmobile track for initial 2 miles, bootpack/snowshoe and now skin track after that. Tracks appeared to have continued in the direction of Snare gulch past the Boulder gulch turnoff.
 
Posted By: San Juan Ron
Info: Open to within .5 mile or so of TH. Road is a bit rough. I recommend parking at 4M from split with CR 30 or just beyond creek crossing. SJ Ron
 
Posted By: San Juan Ron
Info: You can drive 1.9 miles beyond the Cataract Gulch TH before you encounter a major slide area with lots of downed trees. SJ Ron
 
Posted By: Ski4me
Info: The road still has snow drifts about 1.5 miles past Grouse/Burns Gulch Trailhead. We decided to climb Half Peak and not Jones as we were not sure our 4x4 would not get stuck on one of the drifts.
 
Posted By: sdkeil
Info: Road is plowed and clear to the winter closure at the Cataract Gulch TH.
 
Posted By: San Juan Ron
Info: The usual snow barricade is easily crossed. You can get to within 1.5 miles of Cuba Gulch THs before large snowfields become an major issue.
SJ Ron
 
Posted By: 14ersKen
Info: 05/28/2012- Cuba Gulch trail head is open all the way to the trailhead. It is 3.4 miles up. At 2.5 miles you cross a creek that is probably 8 inches deep, not too bad. The road is pretty rough in spots. I made it safely in my Subaru Outback.
 
Posted By: Wyoming Bob
Info: Road clear and dry but for stream crossing. Crossing was a non issue in stock Tacoma (6 to 12" water, solid gravel bed). Driveable road terminates 3.4 miles beyond Cataract Gulch TH.
 



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