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?
You cannot ensure anything with mother nature. Snow is usually clear by late July. Summer rains can create mudslides which can close the trail. All of this is beyond the control of any guides.
However, if you are interested in some company, my club will be holding an event in Silverton Colorado in July 2012. If you would like information, send me an email address via PM and I'll send you a flyer. We cannot assure that mother nature will be cooperative, but this trail as well as many others in the area are on our list to be running.
For the most part these are fairly accurate. If all else fails, just call the nearest Ranger Station, they are all real cool to talk to and know what's up in their own backyard.
As far as guides go I suggest against it. They will have you on a schedule. That's one thing you don't want.....having to bypass that side road or old mining town just because he has a date that night.
Do your research and plan your own run, go at your pace. When the time gets closer, you can try to meet a group.
Old thread I know,
But curious if a Stock 99 Grand Cherokee can cover the passes including Black Bear in the area?
A stock Grand would be fine on Blackbear, with the right driver. If you have a problem with heights, I'd suggest warming up on some of the other trails in the area first. Blackbear is not that hard of a trail, it is just awesome in that the descent into Telluride is very steep and frankly looks impossible the first time you experience it. The switchbacks below are very tight and require full attention of the driver.
Do it early in the day, when the weather is suppose to be good, and don't do this as your first trail. I have seen fullsize stock pickups on it....they needed multiple changes in pants by the time they reached Bridal Veil Falls...but they lived to poop another day.
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We did it last August and it definitely had a high pucker factor. Got back to the hotel that night and removed the GoPro and found that black bear was not on the camera, but the trip into Telluride after the falls was. I didn't activate the camera and when I thought I was turning it off, I turned it on. Stupid.