Originally Posted by jjvw
Anyone know if Pearl Pass is open or close to it? Bushducks says it was still heavily blocked as of July 19th -- two weeks ago.
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My dad I are hoping to drive it next Friday August 15th on a long meandering trip to Ouray. Are we going to have to plan a detour?
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7/19/14 - From the Aspen side the trail has two snow barriers about a mile from the top of the pass. One was over 400' long and 4' deep. The snow obstacle right near the top looked similarly imposing. I'm not sure this pass will open this summer. Running lifted Wrangler with 33" tires; so the snow obstacles are real!
7/17/14 - Still blocked by snow on the Aspen side. It may not be passable before September, if at all, this year. I have never seen this much snow, this late in the summer.
7/10/14 - From Crested Butte the pass is driveable with only one snow bank that is difficult to navigate because of it's proximity to the edge of the shelf road (a stock Nissan Frontier made it with a little push). The pass is covered with snow 1/2 mile from the top of the pass, you cannot drive to Aspen or get to Montezuma Basin from the Crested Butte side!
6/24/14 - Open 1/4 mile past the turn off to Montezuma before snow covers the trail. Montezuma Basin is open 1/2 mile past the turn off from Pearl Pass before snow covers the trail.
6/15/14 - From Aspen, Not open. Snow covers the trail just before the turnoff to Montezuma Basin.