Trailhead:  Cuba Gulch
San Juan Mountains
 Posted By:  GordoByrn
 Date of Info:  08/31/2021
 Date Posted:  08/31/2021
Status Update
Hasn't been one this year so I thought I'd add.
Drove this last Wednesday, after doing Nellie Creek the afternoon before.
Rolls like you'd expect for this rating - used 4Lo the whole way.
Agree that Cataract is 2WD right now, up from there it gets tougher.

Drove it clean on up, touched twice on the way down
4Runner with off-road package and no lift.

If you are heading up, or down, Cuba Gulch trail then make sure you have your navigation sorted.
Avy debris (~0.5M up) and mud slide debris (~1M up) the trail have destroyed the track.
Flagging tape has been placed through the avy debris, then the trail ends just before the mud slide.
As old trip reports state, the trail comes and goes - in fact, I think it's being maintained by animals - lots of large game around and the "trail" winds around with multiple options.

From Half Peak, I came direct into the first drainage (rather than CDT to the top of Cuba Gulch) so I didn't see the condition of the top of the Cuba Gulch trail.
Took the furthest south gully (west side of south ridge) straight down.
Stayed descender's right, and high, to avoid the willows until treeline.
I passed the "bump" in the basin to its right (Pt 12,522 on the quad)
Once at treeline, used animal tracks down to where the gulch trail shows on the USGS Quad sheet.
Trail wasn't there but I found it with about ~1M left to the trailhead (between mud slide and avy debris).
The bushwhacking was not that tough, just slow.

Heading west from the TH there is an old road which gives straightforward, and quick, access west, and northwest, into the basin.
American, Niagara, Crown, Jones - trip reports on all those on the site.


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