Sheep Gulch Trailhead


Range: Sawatch Range
Coordinates: 38.99577, -106.404
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Road Difficulty

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

Driving Directions

From Leadville: Drive 20 miles south on U.S. 24 and turn right on the Chaffee County 390 road. From Buena Vista: Drive 14.5 miles north on U.S. 24 and turn left on the Chaffee County 390 road. On the 390 road, drive 7.5 miles to the Missouri Gulch trailhead and continue approx. 1.6 miles to reach the Sheep Gulch TH on the right, at 9,850'.

Winter Access

Status Updates 
Posted By: Carl_Healy
Info: Dry to trailhead.
Doable for 2WD
Posted By: supranihilest
Info: Dry to trailhead.
Posted By: angry
Info: There are a couple snowdrifts past Vicksburg, but road is dry beyond that. Subaruable to th.
Posted By: emgordon_II
Info: Road is great. Spots still available at 6:30 on a Saturday while Missouri Gulch had 300 cars.
Posted By: Flyingfish
Info: Dry and 2wd accessible. There is some roadwork occurring below Missouri Gulch TH.
Posted By: Trotter
Info: Dry all the way to TH
Posted By: supranihilest
Info: Dry to the trailhead, 2WD accessible.
Posted By: angry
Info: Dry, 2wd to the TH.
Posted By: WildWanderer
Info: Open and clear 2WD access. Summer conditions.
Posted By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Clear all the way to Sheep Gulch TH - nicely labeled. A bit past where the coordinates say on this website though. Plenty of parking. Usually washboarding on 390 between Missouri Gulch and Sheep Gulch.
Posted By: Eagle Eye
Info: Missouri Gulch/Sheep Gulch/Winfield Town site

Still...I was able to drive to Missouri Gulch TH and onward to the Winfield Town site yesterday.
Probably 4wd/good tires & ground clearance are necessary to drive this far.

At Winfield I did not continue on, but turned around. The road continuing to Lake Ann/Huron TH does not appear to have been traveled very recently. Nor the road continuing straight past Winfield. There are multiple deep drift places where it appears someone has gotten hung up, especially in the last ~ 3 miles close to Winfield.
Posted By: CO Native
Info: This is barely off the Clear Creek Road Roach‘s guide says it‘s 4wd but it‘s not. The trailhead is a nice parking lot any car could use.
Posted By: benglish
Info: Dry and easy for 2WD
Posted By: sdkeil
Info: 2wd passable to the TH.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Road/trailhead open and dry.
Posted By: tmathews
Info: 4WD can reach the TH. I was able to drive the short distance from CR 390 to the actual TH.

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