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Clear Creek Road

Beginning Elevation: 8,600 Feet (2680.8 Meters) intersection of Highway 24 and Clear Creek Road
Elevation Gain: 1,626 Feet (506.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,226 Feet (3187.7 Meters) Winfield
Length, One-way: 12 Miles (20.0 Kilometers)
Road Number: 390 Chaffee County Road
Usage: Heavy in Summer




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General Description

These cabins are all that remain of a once thriving mining community
Copyright: Loretta McEllhiney - US Forest Service
These cabins are all that remain of a once thriving mining community
Clear Creek Road is passable by passenger car, although those with very low clearance are not recommended. The first segment of road is through private ranch land. Leaving it, you enter forest land with lush aspen, pine and shrub growth on both sides of the road. Fishing in nearby Clear Creek is a challenge. A museum in the ghost town of Vicksburg, about 8 miles from U.S. 24, is maintained by the Clear Creek Canyon Historical Society. As you climb gradually toward Winfield, Clear Creek disappears and reappears through the undergrowth. Several of the buildings at Winfield are maintained by the historical society; the rest are privately owned.
Description: A moderate four wheel drive road offering nice opportunities for hiking.
Hiker Access To: Colorado Trail, Missouri Gulch (including Mt. Belford, Mt. Oxford and Missouri Mtn.) Continental Divide Trail, Lake Ann, Three Apostles, Huron Peak, North Fork Clear Creek.

Directions from Highway 24: Clear Creek Road is about 19 miles south of Leadville or 14 miles north of Buena Vista, Colorado. Forest Road #120 is graveled and sometimes rough but satisfactory for most vehicles.



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: James
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We rode past the two ghost towns and into the mountains to the continental divide. If you are riding ATVs, I would recommend driving past Vicksburg, unloading, and riding into the mountains, rather than riding all the way from clear creek.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Collegiate Wilderness, Colorado Trail
Yes
ICON Automobile Travel Clear Creek Road
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Clear Creek - Stocked with rainbow trout. Cutthroats and brook trout also found. Difficult fishing with portions through private ranch land.
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Clear Creek Road, North and South Forks
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Colorado Trail, Missouri Gulch (including Mt. Belford, Mt. Oxford and Missouri Mtn.) Continental Divide Trail, Lake Ann, Three Apostles, Huron Peak, North Fork Clear Creek.
No
ICON Horseback Riding Clear Creek Road
Yes
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Clear Creek Road - Vicksburg, Winfield
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Clear Creek Road
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Clear Creek Road
Yes



Related Activities
Clohesy's Lake Four-Wheel Drive Road - This road is a fork from Clear Creek Road that leads to Clohesy's Lake with hiker access to Pear Lake. Clohesy's Lake Road is recommended for high clearance vehicles only as it is extremely rough.

Colorado Trail (Twin Lakes to Clear Creek Rd.) - This segment of the Colorado Trail leads from Twin Lakes Reservoir to Clear Creek Road. It is a popular segment that is used by many runners training for the long-distance foot race the Leadville 100.

Missouri Gulch Trail - This area is extremely popular with climbers with access to Mt. Belford, Mt. Oxford and Missouri Mountain. To experience solitude, plan your trip for a week day.

Missouri Mountain - This is a popular trail through high alpine terrain that exists above tree line to the 14,067' summit of Missouri Mountain. No well defined or marked trail exists on all three routes above tree line to summit.

Mt. Belford - Mount Belford reaches a height of 14,197' and is one of many fourteeners in the Sawatch Mountain Range west of Buena Vista.

Mt. Oxford - Mount Oxford reaches a height of 14,153' and is one of many fourteeners in the Sawatch Mountain Range west of Buena Vista. Many people climb Oxford and Belford in the same afternoon.

Pear Lake Trail - Pear Lake Trail continues into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness beyond Clohesy's Lake Road (Forest Road 338). The trailhead is located approximately 1/3 of a mile from the end of the road to the east.

Sheep Gulch Trail - Sheep Gulch Trail also harbors traffic of the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. Hope Pass offers extraordinary views of the Collegiate Peaks with exceptional views of Missouri Mountain, Mt. Belford, Mt. Oxford and Huron Peak.

South Fork Clear Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road - The South Fork of Clear Creek Road begins at Winfield and ends at the road closure just south of the Banker Mine. The road is extremely rough and recommended for high clearance vehicles only.

Vicksburg Historic Site - Vicksburg became a mining camp during the last decades of the Nineteenth Century. It's prosperity didn't last long and most of the residents moved from the area for more profitable mining.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box P, South US 24 , Buena Vista, CO, 81211, Phone: 719-395-6612

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