This is one of the trails our 4-wheel group in Crested Butte does every year. Fortunately none of our group has experienced anything like what happens here around the 5 minute mark:
Crested Butte was one of the locations we considered for the Rocky Mountain FJ RoundUp (hosted by Colorado FJ Cruisers), plenty of lodging but the trail distances are too far to have everybody home by dinner.been dying to get to Crested Butte. What other trails do you recommend?
Our group here usually starts up early in June and runs through most of September. We do have an email list and send out what the plan for each week is on Fridays during the season. Im heading back to Dallas this weekend and the other person that coordinates the runs has been tied up this summer/fall in California with family matters so last Monday was the last outing for this year. If you want to get in touch with me next June I'll be glad to put you on the list so you'll know what we're up to over here. It's only about 2 hours over here from Ridgeway and could be less, depending on what we're doing and where you might want to meet us. As far as your question Deb about the condition of some of the trails, although a lot of what we do does include shelf roads with steep drop-offs on one side, the condition of the edges is generally very stable. Our group has been doing this for quite awhile now and even though most of the group doesn't have a great deal of experience we've never had any serious incidents. The worst outing we've had was going over Taylor Pass and back over Pearl Pass a few years back and there was something like 13 or 14 instances of folks getting high-centered. No real damage though and totally a result of not really knowing how to address the terrain in a vehicle. As far as hikes around Crested Butte, there are lots of terrific hikes very close to town. I can walk out my front door and do any number of killer hikes. With only a short drive there are numerous other great options. As far as ledges on some of the trails, yes there are some but nothing particularly challenging.......other than the first obstacle on the Grizzly Lake trail. It's exceedingly challenging, to put it mildly. As far as that vehicle below the trail on Upper Italian goes, there are all sorts of stories about how it got there and I have no idea which one is accurate. It does create a good deal of anxiety among most folks since it's directly below the most challenging part of that trail, and it is a LONG way down from there.Do you post up a notice anywhere when you do these runs? I would love to join you sometime
In all the runs I've done here, getting back in time for dinner has only been a problem once. And that was a result of going out with a bunch of the Rising Sun guys that had done Marble/Lead King/Crystal/Crested Butte the day before and were going to head to Aspen (and then Denver) via Taylor Pass. We met up with them and took them via Cement Creek/Reno Divide/Upper Italian Creek/Italian Creek to Taylor Pass and then took Pearl Pass back to Crested Butte when they peeled off to head to Aspen. We hit the top of Pearl just as the sun went down and drove all the way down Pearl and back to CB in the dark. Kind of fun actually. Other than that one outing we've never had a problem getting back to CB before dinner time. The time a few years back I mentioned previously that our local group did Taylor & Pearl we got back in plenty of time for dinner.Plenty of lodging but the trail distances are too far to have everybody home by dinner
I noticed a lot of passengers in the group I ran with get out and walk that part of the trail, my wife included >As far as that vehicle below the trail on Upper Italian goes, there are all sorts of stories about how it got there and I have no idea which one is accurate. It does create a good deal of anxiety among most folks since it's directly below the most challenging part of that trail, and it is a LONG way down from there.