I am planning a trip to Ouray, CO Aug 14-16 and wanted to see if anyone was going to be on the trails that day. I will be driving my 2011 rubicon up for the trip and wanted to get all the trails in. I was in Ouray 5 years back on ATV's but never got to do black bear pass in the jeep. I am looking forward to the trip and thought I would see if anyone was going to be in the area. Also reading reviews on this trail and it seems most guys are running 20-25 psi in their tires for these trails. Does that sound about right? Thanks again for all your help and advice.
I've run Black Bear twice in my stock '03 Rubicon. The first time the weather was dry, but I was running full street pressure (32-33 psi), and I experienced a little slippage descending the steps...raised the pucker factor a little.
The second time it was raining and the steps were wet, but I had listened to the "air-down" advocates, so I was at 14 psi and didn't slip a bit.
We air down to 10. Black Bear Would be scary at full pressure.. I ran it the first time in a full size k 2 blazer. Many years ago!! 18 years old, Boyfriend driving, its his rig... Full Tires.. We knew nothing!! Only thing that stopped us was the emergency brake.. Scared the Poo out of me .. Tried to get out several times. I Could not open the door on uphill side.. No place to stand on the road when it was on the downhill side.. Never again in a full size chevy!! My dad was LOL but glad to see us make it all the way down.
I have to attend Escalante (Dolores) days that weekend or would tag along. HAve Fun!!
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Depends on your tires, for stock the 12-15 is probably right on, for larger tires it can vary depending on the carcass stiffness. My 35" creepys perform well at 6-8, the 35" BFG/ATs like 12-14, the 31" BFG/ATs on the XJ like to be a bit higher.
C range tires will need a bit more pressure (usually) than D range with their stiffer sidewalls, E range belong on your truck not a trail.
Best bet is to drop them to the high range of suggested pressures and see if they wrap around the rocks well, if not drop them a bit. Rocks are rocks, the ones on BB can be a bit sharp, the pressures you run down in Tx will work just fine up here, the only difference is scenery and it probably will be wet.
Have fun, our club's BB work day is this Saturday, and we'll be running it backwards with a brother club from Montrose next week, love that trail.
Black Bear is open, has been for a couple of weeks. There is some night work road construction at the bottom on the Telluride side which closes it every night so if you get a late start you can't get off of it.
The FS site has a very poorly worded and misleading explanation on it.
There are some signs at the start explaining this, a quick glance as you pass and it's easy to focus on the "closed" word but it explains the hours etc. We're doing one of the club's workdays today if I can remember I'll snap a pic of the signs and post it so everyone has accurate information.
The FS site also shows Poughkeepsie as closed, they often keep it closed if very muddy just like some of the front range trails. If anyone runs it please keep your eyes out for what may be small easy to miss signs to that effect.