Copyright: John Cys
The trailhead for North Fork Clear Creek Trail
The North Fork Clear Creek jeep road continues as the North Fork Clear Creek trail beyond the wilderness boundary barrier. The trail (a former jeep road) goes up a beautiful wide open alpine valley with magnificent views of the surrounding peaks. The grade is gentle. After 1.5 miles the trail disappears. You can either turn around or continue up the valley without the trail. This trail is closed to any mechanized or motorized vehicles.
Directions from Granite: From U.S. Hwy 24, 2 miles south of Granite or 15 miles north of Buena Vista turn west on Chaffee County Road 390 which is the Clear Creek road. Follow this gravel road 12 miles to the ghost town of Winfield. Take the right fork which is the North Fork Clear Creek high clearance jeep road. In 1.8 miles there is a spur road going up a steep hill to the north. Do not take this road. Continue straight for 0.4 mile to the wilderness boundary barrier which is the North Fork Clear Creek trailhead. There is plenty of parking.
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