Gibson Trailhead


Range: Sangre de Cristo
Coordinates: 38.13817, -105.6005
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Road Difficulty

2WD, rough dirt road 2   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Only rough for the last 0.2 mile.

Driving Directions

From Westcliffe, continue south on CO 69 and turn west on Country Road (CR) 160 across from the Centex/Subway Gas Station. Drive 6 miles on CR 160 to reach a fork. Turn right on CR 164 and drive 1.5 miles to reach CR 172. Turn left on CR 172 and continue 0.3 mile to reach the Forest Service boundary (and likely winter closure). Continue another 0.2 mile to reach the trailhead.

Winter Access

There's a house just below the National Forest boundary so the road is likely plowed to that point. BUT the land owner(s) have placed "No Parking" signs on both sides of the road in that area so parking could be an issue in winter. It might be best to contact the local Forest Service office for more info on winter parking.
Status Updates 
Posted By: colin j
Info: 2WD to trailer parking. After this parking area there is shallow drifted snow, 4WD and good clearance needed.
Posted By: angry
Info: 2wd, dry to th.
Posted By: Tornadoman
Info: A pair of Corollas made the true TH, a few ’humps’ in the road in the last 100-200 yards. Road is still dry and clear, and should be accessible for any car until the next decent snow.
Posted By: WildWanderer
Info: A little icy even when I left at noon but doable in a 4WD and most 2WD vehicles
Posted By: Tornadoman
Info: Road is dry and not even bumpy up to the horse trailer/overnight parking lot inside the FS boundary. I parked there since I was in a Corolla and had heard the last bit to the TH was much rougher, but I could have easily made the true TH as there were only small amounts of snow and it wasn’t particularly rough.
Posted By: wyyld
Info: Completly clear to the TH. Easy access to the Rainbow Trail
Posted By: JasonKline
Info: Dry summer conditions. My Elantra made it to the camping area, so any car can make it there. The last 0.2 miles or so to the trailhead are a little rougher, but might not be an issue even for low-clearance vehicles.
Posted By: mtgirl
Info: There is a parking area with a few camp sites and fire rings about .2 miles from the actual trailhead that any vehicle can easily access (I took my Honda Civic). Very low clearance vehicles would be best to park here rather than drive the final .2 miles.
Posted By: summit2sea
Info: Trail head dry and clear. Patches of snow around 9000‘. Snow drifts with a lot of post-holing around 10,500‘. All creeks were a little swollen but passable.
Posted By: Marmot72
Info: The road is clear and it only becomes snowy/icy in the last .2 miles - not deep and very easy for my Rav 4, a 2wd w/ front wheel could have made it. We found an old boot track in the snow for the first half mile, but it disappeared after that. After that point, the snow becomes deep and powdery; it made for very slow going and we did not summit Spread Eagle. The couloir on Spread Eagle had three to four foot depths of poorly consolidated snow - postholing to the knee even with snowshoes.
Posted By: Boggy B
Info: Bare dirt to the Nat’l Forest boundary, too much snow beyond that. I parked just down the road on 173. Still less than 0.3 mi from the TH.
Posted By: luckyzsquirrel
Info: Just a light dusting of snow on the road the 14th, just a little wet on the 15th. A passenger car could make it to the trailhead
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Road open to the trailhead. As of today, the last 0.2 mile (once in Forest Service land) has some snow coverage, but not enough to stop good-clearance vehicles.

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