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High Country Roads Open Up
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Road Crews Encounter Deep Drifts and Avalanche Debris

OURAY – Ouray County’s high country roads are starting to open up – albeit a few weeks behind schedule. After a winter of heavy snows and avalanche activity, road crews have been working hard to get the roads cleared in time for jeeping season.

“We are running a little bit behind because of all the snow,” said Brandy Ross, owner of jeep tour company Switzerland of America. “One of the big challenges is all the slide activity.”

A large slide across the first two switchbacks of Engineer Pass left the road buried in debris, Ross said. “The debris was so heavy it looked like the road was gone,” she said. Other than the large slides, however, the road has melted off, according to Chris Miller, Ouray County Road and Bridge Superintendent.

Right now most of Engineer is pretty much melted off except for the snowslides, and the snowslides are huge,” he said. “We’re crossing one now that’s up to 200 yards long and somewhere around 15 feet deep. In a normal year we don’t have those kinds of slides up there.”

Cinnamon Pass is another story. The pass is clear in both directions, but the high runoff is eroding the road and causing rugged conditions suitable only for expert drivers, Ross said. Yankee Boy Basin is also open to Twin Falls, but Camp Bird Road is subject to high runoff and rockfall as well.

Other openings include Last Dollar Pass, the road from Silverton to the base of Engineer Pass, the Animas Forks road, Maggie and Minnie Gulches, Red Mountain Town, and the first three miles of Ophir Pass on the San Juan County side. As of press time, Owl Creek Pass was open to the forest service gate and is expected to open some time this week. Miller said that the road is clear of snow to the top but that clogged culverts are forcing water across the road. He said that Gunnison County has yet to clear its side of the pass.

Miller said that other than Corkscrew, crews are starting to get back on schedule with clearing. “We were several weeks behind. Yankee Boy usually takes us a week to 10 days and it took us a month this time,” he said. However, Red Mountain Town had very little snow on it, “which was odd. There was probably less snow up there than there was last year,” he said.

Other roads remain closed including the Anvil Mountain Trail, Black Bear Pass, Poughkeepsie Gulch, and Governor’s Basin. Corkscrew Pass is closed indefinitely.

San Miguel County crews are currently focused on clearing Ophir Pass and expect to have that road open this afternoon. “But they’re in a lot of snow so it could be a day or so after that,” said San Miguel County Road and Bridge Superintendent Mike Horner. “When we’re finished there we’ll start on Imogene.”

Horner said that they are running about two weeks behind due to the depth of the snow and to the cool spring, which kept the snowpack from melting off. He expected Imogene to be open by the middle of July. Work will then focus on Black Bear Pass, but being a one-way road, crews must drive around to San Juan County and plow down from there.

Ross said that despite its challenges, the abundant snowpack is making for a unique jeeping season, with towering walls of snow and a promising wildflower season.

“It’s neat. It’s very unusual in its own right,” she said. “We’re encouraging people to get up there and see it because they may not see it again for another twenty or thirty years.” She’s looking forward to getting up to the Alpine Loop. “I bet the snow banks up there will just be awesome.”

So far, the season has been slow, Ross said, but reservations are strong after June 15.

“We’re hearing people talk about the cost of fuel, but that’s not deterring them,” she said. “We feel like we’re going to have a strong year.”

For updates, check the Switzerland of America website at Colorado Adventures, Off Road Jeep tours, Switzerland of America, Inc., or the Ouray County Road and Bridge Department’s website at ouraycountyco.gov/road.html. For information on San Miguel County roads, call 970/327-4835.
 

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I still voulenteer chasing tail on whatever trails I get shifted to due to the closings. I just hope our groups are still together when they do the trail adjustments. I like gunner because I seem to have a longer range CB than most so I can usually here the leader, plus I dont have the responsibility of gettin us lost:bigthumb:
 

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I still voulenteer chasing tail on whatever trails I get shifted to due to the closings. I just hope our groups are still together when they do the trail adjustments. I like gunner because I seem to have a longer range CB than most so I can usually here the leader, plus I dont have the responsibility of gettin us lost:bigthumb:
I'm not sure if I've told you but you're down for tailgunning on Saturday, California Gulch/Corkscrew Gulch at 7:45.
I can't find your name on any other trail rides. Are you not signed up?
 

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I'm on the same runs Bernd is on and I'd be happy to tailgun all of them.

Since I'm an old guy :eek:ld:I really need to be last as nature calls much too often!

cheers,

dale
Hi Dale! I've got you down for tailgunning Saturday, 7:00AM, Imogene Pass. Thanks for volunteering on the other runs but we've got tail gunners for those. If at the last minute someone isn't there, please speak up as you line up for the ride and say you'll tail gun, ok? :)

M
 

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I still voulenteer chasing tail on whatever trails I get shifted to due to the closings. I just hope our groups are still together when they do the trail adjustments. I like gunner because I seem to have a longer range CB than most so I can usually here the leader, plus I dont have the responsibility of gettin us lost:bigthumb:
I'm not sure if I've told you but you're down for tailgunning on Saturday, California Gulch/Corkscrew Gulch at 7:45.
I can't find your name on any other trail rides. Are you not signed up?
We're going to have fun. :)
 

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Yes we are! I am in desperate need of people to lead and tail gun on trails!! Please PM me if you are at all interested. I have several open spots.
I will need your first and last names when you write, too, please. :)

Maureen
 

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Muddy,

I responded to your PM but have not heard back from you. I would assume Black Bear will be open but if not you can move me to any other you want..
I am arriving early to do what ever trail I am to lead, so if you have alternatives selected let me know. Patti wants to make a little book on each one, not much just information and stuff.

We will be there late Saturday the 12th.

Bob Brown
 

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Muddy,

I responded to your PM but have not heard back from you. I would assume Black Bear will be open but if not you can move me to any other you want..
I am arriving early to do what ever trail I am to lead, so if you have alternatives selected let me know. Patti wants to make a little book on each one, not much just information and stuff.

We will be there late Saturday the 12th.

Bob Brown
Well! I guess I'd better tell you that you're on the following:

Leading Black Bear Thursday, 9:00
Leading Cal Gulch/Corkscrew Gulch Friday, 8:30
Leading Alpine Loop Saturday, 7:45
Making everyone breakfast Sunday ;)

M
 

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Muddy,

I responded to your PM but have not heard back from you. I would assume Black Bear will be open but if not you can move me to any other you want..
I am arriving early to do what ever trail I am to lead, so if you have alternatives selected let me know. Patti wants to make a little book on each one, not much just information and stuff.

We will be there late Saturday the 12th.

Bob Brown
Well! I guess I'd better tell you that you're on the following:

Leading Black Bear Thursday, 9:00
Leading Cal Gulch/Corkscrew Gulch Friday, 8:30
Leading Alpine Loop Saturday, 7:45
Making everyone breakfast Sunday ;)

M
Bob,

We like bacon, eggs with cheese, blueberry pancakes and toast lightly browned on each side with lots of butter. Oh!! And some fresh squeezed orange juice would be great too. :)

I assume you do deliver to all of the local hotels. :lol:
 

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Bob,

We like bacon, eggs with cheese, blueberry pancakes and toast lightly browned on each side with lots of butter. Oh!! And some fresh squeezed orange juice would be great too. :)

I assume you do deliver to all of the local hotels. :lol:
:rofl: Everyone please feel free to hijack the heck out of this thread if you're giving Bob your orders! :lol:
 

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Sorry, M.

I couldn't help myself. :grinbiginvert:
With what you typed, are you kidding?? :) I loved it. I even made Keith read it. Thank you for that. I've been working for hours on the trail leaders/gunners spreadsheet.

M
 

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Unfortunately I have a contact for breakfest preparation. It has been in effect now for nearly 40 years. I cook all breakfasts when we are camping, serious camping, not trailer park camping. Those duties fall under the writer of the contract. That person may consider allowing me to partake in the proposseed festivities, but I have my doubts, as it would cut into her alloted breakfasts at Navajo Lake the following week. Now if all would like to travel to Navajo Lake, I will be cooking breakfest on 23, 24, 25 and the 26th, but the 26th will be minimal service.

We would welcome you guys to come and see God's Country, the Dixie region of Utah. We camp at 10,000 feet in Aspen, Pine, Fir and Blue Spruce. And with the senic wonder and my fantastic Bacon and Eggs breakfast it will be a treat you will never forget. Please make reservations with Patti. Breakfast runs from 8 am to 9am. Don't be late.:clap:
 
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