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Quick Facts

No Name/Wurtz Ditch Four-Wheel Drive Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,000 Feet (2805.5 Meters) at the start of No Name Road
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 2,820 Feet (879.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,816 Feet (3371.6 Meters) at Wurtz Ditch
High Point: 11,820 Feet (3684.5 Meters) at top of Yoder Gulch meadows
Length, One-way: 2.1 Miles (3.5 Kilometers) actual 4 WD portion of road, from end of No Name Road to Wurtz Ditch
Road Number: FDR 705
Ti Topo Maps: #109 Breckenridge, Tennessee Pass; #126 Holy Cross, Reudi Reservoir
USGS Maps: Pando; Mount of the Holy Cross; Leadville North

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General Description

This road leads to high mountain meadows where snow tends to stay in patches year round. You'll also notice many logging areas, especially on the two wheel drive dirt road that brings you to the trailhead.

Most of the road is through thickly forested area, with occasional glimpses of mountain ranges to the west. The actual road is primarily embedded rock, with good traction and a few very steep sections. There is a spur road to your right at 3/4 mile from the trail head. This spur is not really worth exploring, and it ends almost as soon as it starts in private, fenced land.

At two miles into the road, there is a "Y" intersection, stay to the right. Although this spur into Yoder Gulch looks passable by four wheel drive, it is best left to hikers and bikers, as the road quickly disintegrates into impassable bogs, impassable sidehill sections and ends with a "jump" of about 15 feet that is very dangerous to vehicles!

Continue on No Name from this intersection, and you'll be rewarded with a high tundra meadow at the Continental Divide. As you reach the summit, beware of shortcuts to the left--they are too steep with too loose dirt, and many vehicles have gotten into trouble here, and had to receive help!

Go all the way until you are at the base of the mountain in front of you, and if it is clear of snow, you'll see the main road continue down and south. This road becomes Wurtz Ditch and Highway 24 is 15 miles away.

Be advised, this road typically retains snow and Wurtz Ditch may not be accessed. Check with the Holy Cross or Leadville Ranger District about snow conditions.

Directions from Vail: Follow I-70 to the Minturn exit (#171). Follow Highway 24 through the town of Minturn and continue 13 miles to road #705. The turn off on the right (west) side of the road is hard to see, look for a dirt parking area immediately before the road sign.Follow the two wheel drive dirt road for 7 miles until you come to the marked trailhead on the right side (south) of the road. The road quickly becomes very rocky and steep at this point, but it is also one of the toughest parts of the entire trail. Follow the trail either to the summit, then back track, or try Wurtz Ditch.Watch out on the spur roads. They turn into mud bogs immediately. The main trail is much more rewarding.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: This road typcally retains snow Late into the Summer and Wurtz Ditch may not be accessed) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
OPEN. but snow conditions exist. Muddy. Updated: 2001-06-13 11:36:00.0

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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Trip directions are way off. The road starts 5.5 miles from Hwy. 24 and is on the left not right. Just under 2 miles the left fork is the one you want the right fork ends about 1.5 miles up. Because we thoughtt this was Yoder Gultch we did not take it... missed the rest of the road because of this will be back to compleat at later date.

Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Cross-country Skiing
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Related Activities
Blodgett Campground - Blodgett is a small campground, with six sites, located in the Homestake Valley south of Minturn.

Camp Hale Memorial Campground - The Camp Hale Memorial Campground is located in historic Camp Hale, south of Minturn, at an elevation of 9200 feet. The campground consists of 21 sites and reservations are accepted.

Upper Eagle River General Forest Area - The Upper Eagle River General Forest Area includes most of the area from Minturn, south to Tennessee Pass.

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Visitor Information:

Holy Cross Ranger District, 24747 US HWY 24, P.O. Box 190 , Minturn, CO, 81645, Phone: 970-827-5715, Fax: 970-827-9343


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