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Unread 07-20-2011, 12:36 AM   #1
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Calling Colorado Trail Experts

Gentlemen,

I am trying to get from Pearl Pass (39 0'48.00"N 10650'35.68"W) (or the general area) to the Historic Crystal Mill at 39 3'32.96"N 107 6'14.17"W

If I put it into a map program it tells me that it will take 2 hours and 20 minutes using improved roads. The distance between the two is 14.47 miles. Is there a way to follow some passes and or unimproved roads to make the trip shorter? I've done some research and Schofield Pass and Triangle Pass are in the area but I'm not sure how to bride all of this.

You can see the route it wants to take me vs. the actual distance. Let me know if anyone has any good ideas.



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Unread 07-20-2011, 05:14 PM   #2
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It looks like I can take Pearl Pass to Shofeild Pass to get there. It may not save me much time but it will be a lot more fun!
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Unread 07-20-2011, 06:23 PM   #3
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Better check - last I heard Shofield is still snowed in
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Unread 07-20-2011, 06:37 PM   #4
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Thanks Jim. I'm not heading out until August 28th.
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Unread 07-21-2011, 12:18 AM   #5
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Still might be snowed in, some years it never opens.
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Unread 07-21-2011, 07:07 AM   #6
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Yup. It's not looking good. Bushducks trail report says:

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7/13/11 - Trail closed 300 yards from emerald lake. 40 to 50 foot snowfield most likely will not open this year. 40 to 50 foot snowfield 300 feet from emerald lake from the Crested Butte side.
6/19/11 - No, On the Marble side its blocked going into the valley, lots of snow. Maybe 4 weeks until snow is gone if we are lucky.
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Unread 07-22-2011, 09:32 PM   #7
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Here is the picture in case anyone is curious. The red is Schofield and the Green is Pearl Pass

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Unread 07-23-2011, 04:48 PM   #8
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Out of curiosity, where in CO is Schofield?
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Unread 07-23-2011, 04:50 PM   #9
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Gunnison County

http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=45
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Unread 07-23-2011, 07:46 PM   #10
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Sounds like it's open.

7/22/11- From the Marble side, you can get all the way over to Slate/Gothic road. I turned around there because I was camping at Bogan Flats and had no wish to go into Creste Butte. Trail was real good. There was a boulder about 3' tall and 5' wide on the trail before the Devil's Punchbowls right by the snowbridge. I did my best to move it with my winch and eventually got around it. The water crossing above the Devil's Punchbowls is about 3' deep. Everything else was fine.

http://bushducks.com/tripreps/passopen.htm#schofield
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Unread 07-24-2011, 04:09 PM   #11
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I couldn't make it over Pearl 2 weeks ago, might be able to know though.
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Unread 08-06-2011, 03:49 PM   #12
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The route in your 2nd pic is as short as it gets from Pearl Pass (still snowed in) to Crystal Mill. Pearl may be open by the 28th though.
Pearl Pass to the hiway into Crested Butte to Schofield and down to the Mill.
If you can't get to Schofield via Gothic use this as posted on Bushducks ----
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7/27/11 - There is an alternate route around the avalanche debris to reach the Schofield Pass area. I traveled from Crested Butte up the Slate River Road (734) to Paradise Divide to (519) to gain entrance to rejoin (317) at the entrance to Schofield Park. I continued on down through the Devil's Punch Bowl and on to Lead King Basin to the town of Marble. This route to the entrance of Schofield Park is only slightly longer than going up the almost parallel route or Gothic Road (317)through the old town of Gothic then past Emerald Lake to reach Schofield Pass. These two routes meet just a few hundred feet past the actual Schofield Pass. The avalanche debris on (317) blocks the road past Emerald Lake just before reaching the pass. These routes are in their typical condition for Jeep or high clearance 4 wheel drive vehicles. There is no snow and the water crossings were not deeper than 2 feet. Many ATVs and other Jeeps were crossing these routes on 7-26-11
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Unread 08-06-2011, 07:49 PM   #13
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Thank you!
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