Trailhead:  Phoenix Park/E. Willow
San Juan Mountains
 Posted By:  Carl_Healy
 Date of Info:  12/05/2020
 Date Posted:  12/07/2020
Status Update
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 14ers.com 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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