Deer Creek Trailhead Trailhead


Range: Front Range
Coordinates: 39.510698, -105.56733
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Road Difficulty

2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)

Driving Directions

From Denver, drive southwest on US-285 towards Pine Junction. 4.0 miles after Pine Junction turn right at a stop light and onto County Road 43A. It's approx. 8.8 miles to the trailhead: Drive 0.3 mile and merge onto Country Road 43 for the remainder. After 6.7 miles keep left at a Y junction. The road turns to dirt at 7.8 miles. Pass the Deer Creek Campground near 8.0 miles and continue 0.8 further to reach the trailhead.

Winter Access

The road is plowed to the Campground during the winter.
Status Updates 
Posted By: good jorb
Info: Clear, a little snow in the morning but melted off by pm.
Posted By: Carl_Healy
Info: Nothing but a dusting of snow on the road that was gone later in the day.

Dry, no 4WD needed at all
Posted By: daway8
Info: 4WD not needed at all - there are some pretty good size potholes and a few scattered softball size rocks but there were all manner of vehicles there when I got back. Only a few vehicles there at midnight (no camping at trailhead or within 100ft of the trail, however parking is allowed...) but by noon it was as crowded as the Quandary lot.
Posted By: mjlucarelli
Info: Road is snow free. All snow is off to the sides of the road so any vehicle should be able to make it to the TH, just move slow over those potholes!
Posted By: mikemalick
Info: Unlike last weekend, today the TH parking was completely snow-free. That doesn’t mean, however, it is easy to get to. I’d say the last 2/10 of a mile to the TH are the easiest and snow free for the most part. There are snow free spots earlier along the road as well, but there are still some nasty ruts with the center mound snow/ice up very high. Vehicle clearance is key. AWD/4WD can’t hurt either and it does get pretty sloppy in the afternoon.
Posted By: Bucktown
Info: Snowpack is started to build up on the road past the campground and tire track ruts are starting to form in places. Not advisable for low clearance vehicles, 2WD is debatable. AWD and 4WD should be still be good, there were four of these cars in the TH lot this morning.
Posted By: badgerhiker
Info: Besides one small patch, road to TH is clear and dry. Some new pot holes from the winter but any vehicle could make it.
Posted By: wondering_hough
Info: A 4x4 with good tires is recommended The road past the campground has significant snow

On my way out a Subaru was stuck and in my attempt to go around I also got stuck, briefly. Good times
Posted By: marianne
Info: Road is clear all the way to the parking lot. Dont need a 4WD , there are some substantial potholes in some places.
Posted By: WildWanderer
Info: Most 2WD vehicles can make it to the trailhead. There was just one short segment that might be "iffy" if it rains, but the road is in good shape. Just a heads up, at the campground sign, go right (don’t go through the campground: it will take you to private property). Plenty of space to park at trailhead and a few spots along the road for overflow.
Posted By: Cereal
Info: eskermo’s report from 2/9/19 is still accurate. I will add two things:

There are not many good spots to park a 2WD car at the Campground without fear of getting stuck. (Although, my Corolla was the only vehicle there on a beautiful Saturday.)

The day fee to park at the Campground is self-service, $7 cash.
Posted By: eskermo
Info: Any car can make it to the Campground. Beyond that is about 6" of snow with a well packed track to the trailhead. Anything with 4wd/AWD and a little clearance should have no issue getting to the main TH.
Posted By: wondering_hough
Info: 8 inches of clearance and good tires will get you there. I have a stock 2000 Nissan pathfinder with bad tires
Posted By: dwoodward13
Info: Same as last report. Dry to campground, and thin packed snow to the parking lot. Comfortably made it in my Camry.
Posted By: Tornadoman
Info: Dry to the Deer Creek Campground. From the CG to the TH there is packed down snow, seems the trailhead gets quite a few visitors. Had no problem making the TH in a Toyota Corolla.
Posted By: JasonKline
Info: Clear to trailhead. My Elantra easily got there, so any vehicle can.
Posted By: mikemalick
Info: The recent snow did not make it difficult to get to the TH. Snow-free all the way to the parking area. Any vehicle can make it no problem.
Posted By: DArcyS
Info: The summer trailhead can now be reached, but one small stretch requires high clearance vehicles.
Posted By: MC.Ikema
Info: Road to the trailhead is snow free. Easy road for any car (saw multiple Prii in the parking lot).
Posted By: mike_kadow
Info: Easily drivable to the TH in a compact car with some packed snow on the last (and only) mile of dirt and gravel.

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