Fourmile Area: Chubb Park

Buena Vista, Colorado (Chaffee County)

Last Updated: 04/15/2021
3.8 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: 04/15 - 12/01
Length: 4.36 miles
Highest Elevation: 9380 feet
Duration: About 22 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Buena Vista
Nearest Town w/ Services: Buena Vista
Official Road Name: CR 309/FS 309
Management Agency: San Isabel National Forest
District: Salida FS Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: Fourmile Area: Chubb Park
Chubb Park is named after Robert Bass Newett, better known as "Chubb" by his friends. He decided to settle in this area in 1867 when he came west from DeKalb, Illinois. Chubb built a hotel, established a ranch and platted a town called Newett. Today there is nothing left of the old town of Newett, but Chubb Park offers amazing views of Buffalo Peaks and is connected to the numerous trails in the Fourmile Management Area. Chubb Park also offers access to trails leading to the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness area.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The Chubb Park Trail starts where FS 309 departs from the Sevenmile Creek Trail, FS 311.

Directions to Trailhead

To access the Chubb Park Trailhead you must first drive the Sevenmile Creek trail. To access the end of this trail, Waypoint 5, from Highway 24/285, drive east from Johnsons Village and head up Trout Creek Pass. The Chubb Park Trail will be on your left at 8 miles just before you cross a small bridge.

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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 (9)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
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The seasonal Closure for this trail will not be lifted until May 1st this year! Plan accordingly.
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Status: Open
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Drove this as a connector to make a loop and it was super muddy! It took quite a while to pressure wash the mud off when I got home.
Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Camped on the Lenhardy Cutoff and used Chubb Park to exit to US 24/285 and hustle over to Fairplay and Jefferson. Good connector road with classic Colorado views 360*
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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I led a small group from Overland Bound Buena Vista June Jam on a large loop of the north side of Fourmile on this day. We used this as a connector from Sevenmile to Lenhardy Cutoff. Road is smooth and out in the open. It's hard to resist driving too fast after having been on the tight and bumpy trails.
Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
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Trail is under a seasonal closure until April 15th.
Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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The closure order has been lifted and the trail is open and available for use.
Author: Official Crew
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Status: Temporary Closure
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Gates have been closed by the Forest Service due to the Weston Fire. No estimated time as to when the trails in the area will reopen.
Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
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Seasonal closure until April 15th, 2018.

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Writer Information

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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