|Typically Open:||04/15 - 12/01|
|Highest Elevation:||9764 feet|
|Duration:||About 1 hour 30 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town:||Buena Vista|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Buena Vista|
|Official Road Name:||FS 376|
|Management Agency:||San Isabel National Forest|
|District:||Salida FS Ranger District|
The Lenhardy Cutoff trail follows the route that was originally built by George Leonhard in 1872. The trail was built as a toll road and mail route bypassing Buena Vista to take a slightly shorter route to Leadville. The trail heads east from the Spanish Mills area and gradually gains elevation until finally making its way to Chubb Park near Hwy 285/24 on Trout Creek Pass. Camping is plentiful along the route allowing access to several additional connected trails. From Lenhardy Cutoff you can access Spanish Mills, Natural Bridge, Big Sandy, Million Dollar View, Shields Gulch, McGee Gulch and Chubb Park.
Dirt road. Rutted, washes, or gulches. Water crossings up to 6" depth. Passable mud. Grades up to 10 degrees. Small rocks or holes. 4WD recommended but 2WD possible under good conditions and with adequate ground clearance and skill. No width problems for any normal vehicle. Vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
|Spring:||Trail can be snowpacked in early spring.|
|Summer:||Trail is usually dry and dusty.|
|Fall:||Trail could be snow packed by late fall.|
|Winter:||Trail could be open or closed depending on winter snow levels.|
The trail starts just after a cattle guard at the intersection of FS 376 and FS 311. Take FS 376 to the right to start the Lenhardy Cutoff Trail.
You will circle around the edge of a beaver pond here. There is a culvert for water to keep it off the road, however during times of high water or if the beaver dam has clogged the culvert, water may be running across the road. Take care to stay on the designated road in this area.
Shift into 4-wheel drive low range here to make climbing this hill more manageable and to avoid tearing up the road.
Continue straight at this intersection as the Big Sandy Trail, FS 376A, joins from the right.
Continue straight to stay on the Lenhardy Cutoff Trail. Shields Gulch Trial, FS 315, comes in on the right at this intersection.
Continue straight to stay on the Lenhardy Cutoff Trail. The Million Dollar View Trail, 376B, departs here to the left.
Continue straight to stay on the Lenhardy Cutoff Trail. The McGee Gulch Trials, FS 305, joins at this intersection from the right.
Waypoint 8 marks the location of the seasonal gate that manages the end of this trail. The gate is closed from December 1st thru April 15th. If open, continue straight to finish the Lenhardy Cutoff Trail. If closed you will have to backtrack to either the McGee Gulch Trail or the Shields Gulch Trail to get back to Hwy 24/285.
At this point you have reached the end of the Lenhardy Cutoff Trail and you are intersecting the Chubb Park Trail. A right hand turn here will take you to Hwy 24/285, and a left hand turn here will take you to the Sevenmile Creek Trail.