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Had a blast on the trails getting to crystal mills. Devils punch bowl is pretty tough. The trail is narrow and rocky. The town of Crystal is pretty cool. We also did the entire loop Lead King as well then back into Crested Butte.
OMG! Someone gave me wrong information/directions and I ended up headed this direction on Gothic Road! In a MINIVAN! NO NO NO.
I have NEVER been so terrified in my life and there was nowhere to turn around or back up when I came head...More
What is not to like about Schofield pass in the surrounding area. Once beyond Schofield past, you are on your way to the maroon bells. Great hiking in the area. Gorgeous views. In order to get to the Schofield pass, you will definitely need four-wheel-drive...More
Last week after a rain storm I took of out Slate River road to Pittsburg. Continued on up uto Paradise divide to two beautiful lakes and a remote campsite.
Views at over 11,000 feet were gorgeous!
Continued on to Schofield pass and Emeral Lake -...More
Came over the 4-wheel drive road from Crested Butte to Marble via Schofield Pass. The road was no joke (heed the warning sings, they mean it) and the river and devils pot holes were fabulous. The power house at Crystal is an awesome piece of...More
We drove up Gothic Rd until we were stopped by the road closure. We drove past the first closing signs and parked with the shuttles and other cars in the last "parking area" before the washout. This last area requires a 4x4 as it's steep...More
[NOTE: Check with CBMBA before heading off to ride 401 - the magnificent snow has delayed opening things up. Don't ruin a wondrous thing!] Schofield has so much going on that it can't be covered all in one day. Emerald Lake is gorgeous. Riding any...More
I read a lot of reviews before we decided to try to drive from Mt. Crested Butte to the top of Schofield Pass in a Subaru Forester in July 2017. We didn't make it that far, since the road was closed and impassable around Rustler's...More
I've recently become very interested in photographing Crystal Mill while we are in CB in September. However, I'd rather not travel on Schofield Pass as I'm pretty much scared of gnarly mountain passes and everyone says it's pretty sketchy to drive over. Do you know of any other ways to get there or any tips or advice on traveling to Crystal Mill?
August 26, 2014|
Coincidentally I'll actually be out there around late September and also have an interest in hiking to the to mine. Can anyone comment on the duration (time/length) of the hike from the closest area that a low clearance vehicle can park - I've read various lengths on the interwebs. If anyone has any info to pass along I would be much obliged!
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Are you using Mapqwest.com? (2 Replies)
For the 2nd time, I have seen Mapqwest direct people over hard core 4x4 roads when providing them with driving directions in Colorado. For everyone's safety, please, please do not use mapqwest as your only resource for directions. They are going to get someone killed. The latest incident involved Magqwest directing someone over Pearl Pass when driving from Aspen to Crested Butte. Please see tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29141-i591-k12077… for the info. Last year I saw them direct someone I...More
May 17, 2007|
Great post, mtnlife! That is a pretty serious flaw in their system. I tried it myself, but also clicked Advanced Options, then clicked "Avoid Seasonally Closed Roads." I still got the same directions as you did. One would hope that an alarm bell would go off when it shows that is takes over 2.5 hours to travel 38 miles, but you know someone is going to be convinced that it's a safe route if Mapquest says so! I tried the same thing with Yahoo! Maps. At least it didn't direct you over Pearl...More
Kebler Pass and Schofield Pass (4 Replies)
Can these roads be driven by a four wheel drive pickup or do you need a jeep? We want to attend the Wildflower Festival and saw there are 4x4 jeep tours to Paradise Divide. Wanted to know if we could just drive there in our truck?
July 11, 2010|
Kebler yes, Schofield NO WAY ( it is one of the most difficult 4x4 roads in Colorado)