Fourmile Area: Lenhardy Cutoff

Buena Vista, Colorado (Chaffee County)

Last Updated: 08/14/2020
4.2 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Nearby Trails
Status: Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 04/15 - 12/01
Length: 8.14 miles
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
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Highlights

Highlight: Fourmile Area: Lenhardy Cutoff
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.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
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.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 38.877525, -106.110982
From the stoplight in Buena Vista head east on East Main Street and in two blocks turn left onto North Colorado Street. Continue north on Colorado Street as it becomes CR 371. Continue on CR 371, you will cross the Arkansas River and wind through a residential area before CR 371 transitions to dirt. Continue on 371 as the dirt road begins, soon you will see the Midland Train Tunnels, turn right onto FS 375 just before you get to the first tunnel. You are now at the trailhead for the Spanish Mills Trail, you must first complete Spanish Mills before reaching the trailhead for the Lenhardy Cutoff trail.

Camping

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Land Use Issues

This area is part of Pike-San Isabel National Forest, and as such is part of the 2011 Lawsuit where a coalition of conservation and recreation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they say is the illegal addition of 500 miles of motorized roads and trails. A settlement was reached in late 2015 that is requiring the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate the roads and create a new travel management plan. Over the next year, 30 roads will be partially or completely closed while this evaluation takes place over the next 5 years. It is imperative that the OHV community let's their voices be heard on this issue. If we do nothing, those 500 miles will be shutdown. Contact the local ranger districts and let them know why the area is important to you and the history you have there. Salida Forest Service District Office Leadville Forest Service District Office

Trail Reviews (11)

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Status: Open
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The road had a few patches of snow and mud on the eastern section that I definitely felt when driving through it. This road is more notable than the others in the area because of the fact that it has 1 or 2 sections with bigger rocks compared to the usual easy dirt trails around here.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Camped here overnight Friday on the way to Red Cone on Saturday. Lots of campers/RVs but there are plentiful places for a small truck/SUV to park and camp.

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Status: Open
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Ran this yesterday and camped just east of the seasonal gate. Lots of good camping throughout this whole area but lots of dirt biking and ATVs as well so be aware while driving. Trail is super dusty, but a pretty fun time other than that. Between waypoints 8 and 9 there are a few fun rocky sections that are great if you're a little uncomfortable or still getting used to driving off-road, but they also have a bypass. There's also a small section that gets pretty narrow and will give you the feeling of a shelf road, but it's plenty wide to feel comfortable. I went west to east on the trail, and then turned back and ran it the opposite way back to camp.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Trail is fully open and dry.

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Status: Open
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Picked up this route from where 315 intersects with 376 and ran out to Chubb Park. A few rocky sections made for some interesting wheeling, One section does have a by-pass. Overall the road is a good , fun, drive with a few sections to test a novice driver.

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Status: Open
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We ran the section from Chubb Park to CR 315 on this date as part of the Overland Bound Buena Vista June Jam. The east end is narrow and at first I wondered if we had gotten on an ATV trail. This trail apparently doesn't see near the traffic that others do. Trail was in good condition with one small fun rocky section with a bypass.

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Status: Open
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Just out exploring and looking for good camping. Road was open and in good condition.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
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Trail is under a seasonal closure at Waypoint 8 until April 15th.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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The closure order has been lifted and the trail is fully open.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
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This trail is currently closed at Waypoint 8 due to the Weston Pass Fire.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
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Seasonal closure until April 15th, 2018 starting at Waypoint 8. Trail is still open up to this point.

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Marcus Trusty

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Marcus is a 3rd generation Buena Vista, Colorado native who grew up bouncing around the central Colorado mountains in the back of his dad's CJ5. During his younger years, Marcus grew to appreciate public lands and the recreation opportunities backroads and 4-wheel drive trails offer. Marcus has been wheeling for 20 years now and has wheeled in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and California. Until a few years ago Marcus had just been a participant in the wheeling community, but he has become much more active in preserving trails and working to make sure the wheeling community has their access maintained for future generations. Marcus helped to found Colorado Off Road Enterprise - CORE, based out of Buena Vista. CORE has worked with the Forest Service and BLM and has volunteer agreements in place with both organizations. CORE also has a Forest Service trail adoption agreement in place for Grizzly Lake, Pomeroy Lake, Hancock Lake, Hancock Pass, and Tincup Pass, Tomichi Pass, Williams Pass, Ptarmigan Lake, Mineral Basin, Clohesy Lake, Lost Canyon, Champion Mill, Iron Mike Mine, and Slide Lake. If Marcus is not working you can generally find him somewhere out on the trails around Buena Vista.
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