The 2wd Matterhorn Creek Trailhead. The 4wd Matterhorn Creek Trailhead.
This trailhead provides access to the south sides of Wetterhorn Peak
and Matterhorn Peak
. Uncompahgre Peak
can also be accessed from this trailhead.
This trailhead consists of a 2wd parking area and a 4wd parking area. The coordinates and elevation shown for this page are for the 2wd parking area. The 4wd parking area resides 0.6 miles to the north of the 2wd parking area. The 4wd parking area is at an elevation of 10,720 feet and its coordinates are 38.03067°N / 107.49118°W
Avoid the last difficulties of the 4wd road by heading left here.
From Gunnison, Colorado, head west on Colorado 50 for about 13 miles to Colorado 149. Travel south on Colorado 149 for 45 miles to the town of Lake City. Turn right (west) at Second Street. Measure from here. After two blocks turn left (south) onto Bluff Street. Travel on the dirt road (Henson Creek Road). At 9.2 miles you will reach the Capitol City townsite. At 11.2 miles you will reach a fork in the road. In July of 2010 a sign at the fork points to the right-hand fork and reads, "Matterhorn Trailhead. 4wd recommended." This point on the main road is the 2wd parking area. If you desire, you can take your vehicle up the right-hand fork for 0.6 miles to the 4wd parking area. In July 2010 the 4wd road wasn't too bad. The roughest section was just below the 4wd parking area, but there was a way to avoid that section by taking a side-road up and to the left (west) through a small campsite that also leads to the 4wd parking area.
Camping is permitted along Henson Creek Road 9.2 miles outside of the town of Lake City (after passing the Capitol City townsite). Camping is also allowed along the trail to Matterhorn Peak. Water can be obtained from Henson Creek at the 2wd trailhead or Matterhorn Creek at the 4wd trailhead. There are no toilets.