Lake Pass Trailhead


Range: Sawatch Range
Coordinates: 39.0091, -106.5581

Road Difficulty

Moderate 4WD, long wheel base vehicles not recommended. Good clearance required. 4   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
Small Creek Crossing then past old building on right.

Driving Directions

La Plata/South Fork Lake CreekThe trailhead is 7 miles +/- west of Twin Lakes using the La Plata trail road. Drive 3 miles to the Sayres Benchmark Gulch turnoff (signed and left). Continue 2 miles farther to the Lake Pass turnoff (signed and left). Follow the 4wd road 1.5 miles to the closed gate and the trailhead.

Winter Access

The winter trailhead would most likely be at the parking on Highway 82.
Status Updates 
Posted By: Flyingfish
Info: Pretty easy drive in a Jeep Cherokee. The avy debris are still there for the last few feet to the trail start
Posted By: Jon Frohlich
Info: Road is fine to almost the end. There is avalanche debris right before you reach the right before, the gate is maybe 20 feet past the debris. I parked a few hundred feet down. Not a big deal since this isn’t a heavily trafficked area. I doubt the forest service will bother with it anytime soon. Otherwise any stock 4WD/AWD can make it just fine.
Posted By: JeffR
Info: No problem in a SWB pickup. There are a few deeper dips, higher bumps and tricky angled spots, but anything with decent clearance and approach angle should be fine with some care. Also, only a few very short water crossings exist.
Posted By: piper14er
Info: 3-4" snow in the morning, melting fast in the afternoon. Small creek to cross 8-10" deep. Parking at gate for -4 vehicles.

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