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Directions

The Gold Creek - Lamphier Lake Trailhead serves as access for Henry Mountain located in the Fossil Ridge Wilderness. The same trail also leads to Gunsight Pass. This is a distinctly separate section of the Sawatch Range that is most easily accessed from Gunnison. 

If coming from Gunnison, turn left (NE) from US50 onto CR76 at the little town of Parlin. It's 11.7 miles to Parlin from the intersection of US50 and CO135 in Gunnison. From Poncha Springs heading west on US50, it's 48.5 miles. Turn right (NE) at Parlin onto the same CR76. Drive 8.7 miles to the small village of Ohio (some maps identify as Ohio City including Google Earth). This is a pleasant road leading for many miles through a broad, lush valley to the towns of Ohio and Pitkin. There are two main roads that turn/head north (left) from Ohio City. Take the second one which is CR/FS771. The road turns to maintained, graded gravel. Drive 8.25 miles to the terminus of the road. We found this road to be a speedy, well-maintained gravel road up to within about 2 miles of the campground. This last stretch was not too bad either and would not require high clearance, but some careful driving. There is a small campground called the Gold Creek CG located on the west side of Lamphier Creek. To reach the actual trailhead, follow the road across the creek and almost immediately after crossing, turn left into an open area in the trees for parking. There is a kiosk here. The trailhead is so close to the campground that if using one of the sites, there's no need to drive to the trailhead. Here is a link to the Gunnison National Forest Description of the trailhead: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gmug/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=33286&actid=50


Camping

The Gold Creek CG is a very small campground with only about 4 - 5 sites. It has an older vault toilet, tables and fire rings. There's no water so you would have to use the creek. There are plenty of spots to set up a tent. 

If the campground is full, there are several primitive sites along the last half mile of the road before reaching the campground. They were all located on the east side of the road from what we recall. Also, about 2 miles north of Ohio City on FS771, there is another FS campground called "Comanche." It too is small and has limited facilities. 


Campsite Locations

Gold Creek › N 38° 39' 18.73", W 106° 34' 28.38"
Elevation 10,035 ft.
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