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North Fork Clear Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road

Beginning Elevation: 10,300 Feet (3210.7 Meters) Winfield
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 450 Feet (140.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,750 Feet (3351.0 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2.2 Miles (3.67 Kilometers)
Road Number: 390.2A Forest Service Road




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General Description

North Fork Clear Creek 4-wheel drive road with Sayres Peak on the right
Copyright: John Cys
North Fork Clear Creek 4-wheel drive road with Sayres Peak on the right
The North Fork of Clear Creek Road begins on the north side of Winfield. It ends at the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Boundary, and is 2.2 miles in length one-way.
The ride is a gradual, bumpy climb into an open alpine valley with meadows, willows, wildlife and wildflower viewing. Hikers may access North Fork Clear Creek Trail from the road.

Directions from Highway 24: To reach the North Fork of Clear Creek Road drive approximately 19 miles south of Leadville or 14 miles north of Buena Vista and turn west on Clear Creek Road (Forest Road #120). Road 120 is graveled and sometimes rough but satisfactory for most vehicles. Drive approximately 10 miles to the ghost town of Winfield. North Fork Clear Creek Road is the right turn immediately after Winfield.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through October (NOTE: Snow and mud May obstruct the road.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: John Cys (Wichita Falls, TX)
Time of Day: Morning and afternoon
Length of Time: 7 hrs (including hike to Tasmania Mine)
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: From Winfield a regular vehicle can drive 1/4 mile to the Winfield cemetery. The cemetery is worth a brief visit. The only marked graves that I remember are those of the Aude children who were among the first to be buried there. Beyond the cemetery a high clearance vehicle is required (4-wheel drive is not). The road is bumpy with a very gradual gain in elevation. The first part is in forest. The rest is in the open valley with splendid views of the surrounding mountain peaks. Sayres Peak (also visible from Winfield) is a good landmark. 1/4 mile below the wildnerness boundary there is short spur road that goes up the steep slope to the north to the La Plata Peak-Tasmania Mine trailhead. Parking at the trailhead is very limited, so those hiking to either destination should seriously consider parking their vehicle at the bottom of the spur road. Vehicles are not allowed beyond the plainly marked wildnerness boundary. However, one can walk the road as it gently continues up the open valley surrounded by magnificent scenery. I have trip photos that I will share by e-mail.
Conditions: The road was dry. I have also driven the road in light rain/drizzle without any problems.
Water Availability: My friend and I had 2 qts. each which was adequate.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Four-Wheel Driving North Fork Clear Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking North Fork Clear Creek Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding North Fork Clear Creek Road
Yes
ICON Viewing Historic Sites North Fork Clear Creek Road - Winfield
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking North Fork Clear Creek Road
Yes
ICON ATV Riding North Fork Clear Creek Road - to wilderness boundary
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding North Fork Clear Creek Road - to wilderness boundary
Yes



Related Activities
Clear Creek Road - Clear Creek Road is passable by most two-wheel drive vehicles. Many recreation opportunities are accessible from this road including hiking, fishing, viewing scenery, touring historic sites, mountain biking and four-wheel driving.

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.

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.

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.

Winfield Historic Site - Once a thriving silver and copper mining town, Winfield now claims it's fame as a Colorado ghost town. The schoolhouse, cemetery and church have been restored by volunteers.



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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