Want to go over Taylor this Sunday. Anyone know if the snow is clear at the top. Would also like to do Pearl but I know that is a pipe dream.
Damn, 200 feet! That was a lot of the white stuff, 70 feet isn't going to melt off before fall/winter.7/24/08
I just spoke with my Crested Butte contact regarding the road conditions on Pearl Pass. It doesn't look good, and Scofield Pass isn't doing any better. He said that they got 45 feet of snow this year. Although the passes may be melted on all the sunny spots, we are not able to drive to the pass due to what he calls the deep snow plugs, typically in low lying places, that will get in our way. He said both passes have a bunch of snow plugs. On the south side of Scofield, on the sunny side, too, the snow plug was 200 feet deep earlier this year and it's 70 feet deep today. Similar conditions exist on Pearl. It is his opinion that this will be the year that the two passes will not open. There's not enough time to melt the snow before new snow begins to fall. Time to go to plan B, but I'm not sure what plan B is. To be continued.
Perhaps, but I was surprised last year when 20' in the same place disappeared in 2 weeks...Damn, 200 feet! That was a lot of the white stuff, 70 feet isn't going to melt off before fall/winter.
How long have you been up there? After the last 10years up there, I moved down to Denver last fall.To actually answer your question, yes taylor pass is open. Came from castle creek road, ran express creek road up from ashcroft to the top, camped at Taylor lake Sat. night and wheeled all the way across richmond ridge to the Sundeck on the top of Ajax mtn yesterday - very nice and incredible wildflowers this year. Feel free to give me a shout, I wheel usually with some guys in the big body FJ80 landcruisers - your welcome to join. I live in Aspen, you may have seen me - wave next time!