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post #31 of 55 Old 04-27-2011, 08:59 AM
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Doubt Ill be doing Black Bear if I ever go to telluride. I want to do the other famous trails though. Oh how I love scenery.

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post #32 of 55 Old 04-28-2011, 07:28 AM
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So.....Heading out to Silverton July 1-9 2011, anyone gonna be there and want to show a rookie the tricks of the trade.
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post #33 of 55 Old 04-28-2011, 08:19 AM
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So.....Heading out to Silverton July 1-9 2011, anyone gonna be there and want to show a rookie the tricks of the trade.
You might be a little early, by about a week or so. High probability that some snow will still be in the passes. Depends on how much snow, snow melt, etc.

I am starting to make plans for sometime after July 15th. Polecat and I ran the trails last year starting on the 17th.

Attached is a photo taken on Imogene July 17, last year.


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You might be a little early, by about a week or so. High probability that some snow will still be in the passes. Depends on how much snow, snow melt, etc.

I am starting to make plans for sometime after July 15th. Polecat and I ran the trails last year starting on the 17th.

Attached is a photo taken on Imogene July 17, last year.

then again last year it was cold and crappy all spring and didnt really warm up very quick, right?
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Can anyone refer a good place to stay while in town to do Imogene? It will be my family and I, not planning to take camping equipment unless that is the best option.

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then again last year it was cold and crappy all spring and didnt really warm up very quick, right?
Last year (2010), I am not for sure. However, I have seen a photo taken on 7/20/08 on Black Bear, at the hard switch back where the trail enters Ingram Basin (the first switch back (N37.909 W107.743)traveling west, little less than a mile after the pass summit). The trail was open, but there was considerable more snow then (2008) than when I was there on 7/19/2010.

There are a lot of things that effect the amount of snow. I have seen areal photo (taken in spring, exact date unknown) of Ingram step (at Ingram falls)(N37.922 W107.761) and the creek was running through an ice tunnel; there was no sign if trail passage anywhere.

It is just a "crap shoot" through the first half a July.

Ingram step photo taken 7/19/2010.

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Hey everyone. I live here in Telluride and Black Bear is one of the best trails you can take. Don't worry too much about it however, as I have seen stock Range Rovers tackle it in Lo-Pro tires. And this year its a toss up to when the passes will open, we had a really dry winter season but have gotten a few feet of snow in April alone so we shall see

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post #38 of 55 Old 05-01-2011, 02:29 PM
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These are the pics coming down into Telluride.
A definate butt puckering trail.
Average time for me was 10 minutes per 1/10 mile up to the Falls.
Awesome pics, thanks for sharing.

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holy crap....my wife and i are planning to head out there next summer...but i will just have to keep these photos hidden from her or else there is no way she will let us do it.
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yeah, ill have the same problem. if it looks even somewhat scary she will refuse to do it.
I'm in the same boat. My wife will tackle any obstacle, rock, challenge, etc... But the sharp drop-offs really scare her. So I'm looking for trails in this area that are fun / scenic / challenging, but not sheer cliffs.

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My family and I are heading to this area in June. If what we experience is half as what these pictures portray, we are going to have a heck of a time. I can't wait. Thanks for sharing.
I'm taking my family to this area in June as well - probably around June 20th. When are you going to be out there?

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Hey everyone. I live here in Telluride and Black Bear is one of the best trails you can take. Don't worry too much about it however, as I have seen stock Range Rovers tackle it in Lo-Pro tires. And this year its a toss up to when the passes will open, we had a really dry winter season but have gotten a few feet of snow in April alone so we shall see
Thanks - that's actually very helpful. We've had TONS of snow this year in California (in the High Sierras), so I wasn't sure what to expect out there, and I know we're going a littler earlier than most people suggest.

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Hey everyone. I live here in Telluride and Black Bear is one of the best trails you can take. Don't worry too much about it however, as I have seen stock Range Rovers tackle it in Lo-Pro tires. And this year its a toss up to when the passes will open, we had a really dry winter season but have gotten a few feet of snow in April alone so we shall see
Did you happen to know Captain Jack? My sister was the mayor up in Orphir a few years ago.

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Did you happen to know Captain Jack? My sister was the mayor up in Orphir a few years ago.
I didn't know him on a personal level but everyone around here knew Captain Jack. We even named a ski run after him in memorial
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I didn't know him on a personal level but everyone around here knew Captain Jack. We even named a ski run after him in memorial
He was my brother-in law. Red Mountain up in British Columbia also has a slope named after him.

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Just for reference...dates over the last several years that Black Bear was confirmed open as per Bushducks.com...

6/18/2002, 7/3/2003, 7/8/2004, 7/24/2005, 7/14/2006, 7/13/2007, 7/17/2008, 7/8/2009, 7/1/2010

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Black Bear is one of the last passes in that area to open, all the others are plowed typically before Memorial Day. They like to have them open for the deluge of Tourists that come rent jeeps.

IMOP the best "run" is from Lake City to Ouray to Telluride and back. This can easily be done in June(not black bear). There's still tons of snow, but it's been plowed.


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I live in Western, NY which is about about 30 hours from Telluride. How can I ensure that if I make the trip I can actually get on the trail? Can I hire a guide service? Are there jeepers out there that I can meet up with and do one of these trails?
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