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URL icon « on: February 24, 2019, 11:43:50 AM »

Is there a road that we can drive into Telluride from the Silverton/Ouray general area in June off of US 550.
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URL icon « Reply #1 on: February 24, 2019, 11:53:28 AM »

If you don't have a short wheelbase 4-wheel drive I wouldn't attempt it.

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URL icon « Reply #2 on: February 24, 2019, 12:12:02 PM »

Thanks! I was hoping we could do it with 2 wheel drive SUV but might try to rent 4 wheel jeep.
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URL icon « Reply #3 on: February 25, 2019, 06:12:29 AM »

You can probably do Last Dollar Divide without 4wd. Not going to be as majestic as some of the others, but will get you off the beaten path and have some great scenery.

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URL icon « Reply #4 on: February 26, 2019, 10:36:19 AM »

Wasn't up there last year, so can't say for certain how conditions are, but you can likely do Ophir pass from Silverton in a non 4x4 that has high clearance.
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URL icon « Reply #5 on: March 03, 2019, 12:52:17 PM »

Thanks for the info.

Our game plan is to drive (2 wheel drive SUV) into Telluride from Ouray over Imogene Pass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9AeH0KBk7Q

Then on Monday after fest drive to Silverton over Ophir Pass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOBI6Vce0wo
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URL icon « Reply #6 on: March 03, 2019, 01:05:07 PM »

Cool videos. You might check trail conditions first, decent snow this year, and the video seems like its probably later in the summer than June. Probably going to be much more snow than whats in these videos.
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URL icon « Reply #7 on: March 03, 2019, 08:37:21 PM »

Here is a video of Black Bear Pass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Byc-bzpxl2I
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URL icon « Reply #8 on: March 14, 2019, 08:50:31 PM »

Cool videos. You might check trail conditions first, decent snow this year, and the video seems like its probably later in the summer than June. Probably going to be much more snow than whats in these videos.

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URL icon « Reply #9 on: March 16, 2019, 07:25:14 PM »

Cool videos. You might check trail conditions first, decent snow this year, and the video seems like its probably later in the summer than June. Probably going to be much more snow than whats in these videos.

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If there is a big snow year, like this year, is the road still open in June? Do people ever hike up to the pass or is everyone in a car? I'm inclining to hike or bike up to the pass this year.
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URL icon « Reply #10 on: March 17, 2019, 07:13:36 AM »

Cool videos. You might check trail conditions first, decent snow this year, and the video seems like its probably later in the summer than June. Probably going to be much more snow than whats in these videos.

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If there is a big snow year, like this year, is the road still open in June? Do people ever hike up to the pass or is everyone in a car? I'm inclining to hike or bike up to the pass this year.

The snowpack is (thankfully) > 150% of average ... so generally speaking, the opening of most passes to vehicular traffic will be pushed back a bit.   A lot depends upon weather between now and then, but if trend of cold non-sunny days continues ... there'll still likely be a lot of snow!

This is not to say one couldn't hike/bike

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URL icon « Reply #11 on: March 18, 2019, 02:09:01 AM »

Cool videos. You might check trail conditions first, decent snow this year, and the video seems like its probably later in the summer than June. Probably going to be much more snow than whats in these videos.

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If there is a big snow year, like this year, is the road still open in June? Do people ever hike up to the pass or is everyone in a car? I'm inclining to hike or bike up to the pass this year.

The snowpack is (thankfully) > 150% of average ... so generally speaking, the opening of most passes to vehicular traffic will be pushed back a bit.   A lot depends upon weather between now and then, but if trend of cold non-sunny days continues ... there'll still likely be a lot of snow!

This is not to say one couldn't hike/bike



So lots of water this summer? It was so dry last year....
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URL icon « Reply #12 on: March 18, 2019, 12:07:56 PM »

So lots of water this summer? It was so dry last year....

Definitely re: rivers & reservoirs, but it's anyone's guess re: rain.  Then again, there has been a noticeable shift re: moisture and colder temps, so maybe macro trend continues into the summer.  Bluegrass is kinda "due" for a deluge.
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URL icon « Reply #13 on: March 18, 2019, 01:34:34 PM »

So lots of water this summer? It was so dry last year....

Definitely re: rivers & reservoirs, but it's anyone's guess re: rain.  Then again, there has been a noticeable shift re: moisture and colder temps, so maybe macro trend continues into the summer.  Bluegrass is kinda "due" for a deluge.

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URL icon « Reply #14 on: March 27, 2019, 04:41:59 AM »

Cool videos. You might check trail conditions first, decent snow this year, and the video seems like its probably later in the summer than June. Probably going to be much more snow than whats in these videos.

Here is a video during TB in June 2015 of Ophir Pass (0:40). Looks like the road was open.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vw6JtbzAGQ
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