Originally Posted by BimotaBruce
Any local advice from anyone?....or is it so variable that this is a stupid question? Is May totally impassable?
I'm planning a trip out there...would just like to know what the windows of opportunity are.
Thanks for any help!
For the most part, May is too early if you want to hit some of the best trails, but it all depends on how much snow the previous winter.
I have been going every year, and in 2011, there had been so much snow that Black Bear pass was not open until the last week of July. Because of so much snow, the streams were flowing much higher, also an impairment. Then 2012, I was able to get on Black Bear the last week of June (don't think it was officially open). Black bear seams to be the last trail open.
Generally speaking, in a normal year, all trails are open by mid July. August and Sept are open, and they start getting some snow in the high trails the last of Sept.
This past year, (2013), there was more than the usual evening showers. I storm moved in for a couple of days the last few days of July. Trails were all passable, but there was a lot of weather. Below is a link to the photo-video that I produce every year. There was two trips to the summit of Imogene Pass, one with no visibility. Scary but Cool.
There is also some informative shots of the last step and the switchbacks on Black Bear pass that I shot with a very powerful telephoto lens from near the Telluride Airport.
Note that Jeepforum has not been accepting the link to youtube, but if you click on the message in the green bar on the icon
, the video will play. Jefro06 helped me with it before, and I have made jeepforum aware, let see how well it works this time.
Takes about 11 min, adjust volume and make sure to click on large screen.
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