Phoenix Park Trailhead


San Juan Mountains
37.92704° N, -106.89794° W

Road Difficulty

Rough 4WD, high-clearance vehicles with short wheel-base 5   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Very rough and narrow. Passing another vehicle would be difficult. In wet/snowy/icy conditions the road would be extremely difficult. No bathrooms or other facilities. The coordinates are a short drive past the East Willow Creek 4WD Trailhead described in Gerry Roach's Colorado's Thirteeners: From Hikes to Climbs.

Driving Directions

From the junction of Main Street and Loma Street Creede drive .6 miles north on Mineral County Road 503. The road quickly turns to gravel. Turn right onto an unmarked road and drive 3 miles. Turn left and drive another .7 miles. This is the lower, 2WD trailhead. It is located on a switchback and has room for a small number of vehicles. The remaining road to the upper trailhead is very rough. Drive 2.25 miles on the very rough and narrow road to the unmarked trailhead.

Winter Access

Unknown, but at the very least the final 2.25 miles of rough road are completely unmaintained in winter.
Status Updates 
Posted By: Carl_Healy
Info: Road out of Creede was pretty snow packed up until an unmarked turn off for "Outlet Mine" 2 miles after the split from road 503. After that there was an icy stretch of 100 ft or so, though it was relatively flat and 2WD vehicles might have been able to make it. We played it safe and parked before the icy spot.

Half a mile from that icy spot there is a clearing for the Phoenix Park Mill site which is probably the furthest 2WD vehicles can really go because from there there’s about 0.3 miles uphill grade, some with some ice, to the split for 502.1A (4WD road). Know a 4x4 Tacoma made it up to that split the day after we were there.
This split for the 4WD road shows up as the "trailhead" on some maps, though the coordinates posted here on place the trailhead further along the 4WD road in Phoenix Park proper.
The 4WD road starts at a hairpin and is really rough. It looks pretty difficult to navigate even with high clearance 4WD vehicles in the summer let alone in the snow (there were a couple downed trees in the way too).

Snow luckily wasn’t terribly deep on the 4WD road until we reached the clearing at Phoenix Park.

Note that the roads mentioned don’t show up in Google Maps but do in Gaia GPS. They basically follow "East Willow Creek" all the way.

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