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Full Spool 04-29-2013 12:17 AM

Sand Dunes anyone?
 
It's that time again... Gotta make the annual trip down to the dunes. Haven't picked a date yet. Gonna be early May while the creeks are flowing good. Preferably a Saturday in case something goes wrong, then we'll have a day to recover said jeep (Or plastic grill monstrosity).

Justin04Lj 04-29-2013 12:37 AM

I'm definitely interested. One of my favorite trails. Saturdays work for me.

Sinister6 04-29-2013 11:11 AM

I'm interested. Last time I was there I think there was a gate there...does the Medino Pass get closed? I'll give forest service a call today...

Justin04Lj 04-29-2013 11:27 AM

Yes they close it every winter.

Sinister6 04-29-2013 11:46 AM

AS OF APRIL 25th...

On the west side of the range, the road is open up into the 4th creek crossing part of Medano Canyon, about 6 miles from the western entrance to the road. Sandy sections of the road are firm. On the east side of the range, the road is closed at Muddy Creek in the San Isabel National Forest. The air compressor at the western entrance of the road (next to Pinyon Flats Campground) is now operational for the season. In an average year, the entire road opens in mid to late May, when snow conditions at the top of the pass permit travel. Contact the Visitor Center for the latest information and conditions: 719-378-6395. ________________________________________________

Oberst Hajj 04-30-2013 01:05 PM

What kind of gear does this trip take and how difficult is it?

jasongind 04-30-2013 01:21 PM

I think this is the trail, TrailDamage.com - Medano Pass its only rated a 2-3.

Sinister6 04-30-2013 01:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Oberst Hajj (Post 3701466)
What kind of gear does this trip take and how difficult is it?

I've done it in a stock grand Cherokee...it's a very scenic trail. You're driving thru the pass and suddenly it opens to the sand dunes...pretty cool!

euroford 05-04-2013 08:33 AM

one of our favorite family getaway trips! fyi: we've done this trail multiple times in a 4cy 2wd heavily loaded and bone stock (except for some dynapros) ford escape, nobody in a jeep (any) has anything to worry about.

we were planning to head up in a couple of weeks and do it in our new powerstroke.

Oberst Hajj 05-04-2013 08:55 AM

Thanks guys. Would love to go if the date works out, working a lot of Sat. this month :(

topher38 05-06-2013 01:21 AM

Hoping to make it sometime
Down there it I'm booked this weekend, wok next weekend then booked the weekend after that. And then it's June.
Might go on a middle of the week camping trip. Do the trail one day then hike and play in the river the next.

azlegalthief 05-07-2013 09:08 PM

I'm up as long as I can get the weekend off I'm new to off roading I. This area and looking for some good places. I'm in fountain

carguyco 05-07-2013 10:43 PM

I'm also up for it. Plan to run this then sit in the river and enjoy the sun. Azlegal? I'm also from AZ. Where u from


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Justin04Lj 05-07-2013 10:46 PM

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Originally Posted by carguyco (Post 3731533)
I'm also up for it. Plan to run this then sit in the river and enjoy the sun.

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Last time I ran this trail when I got down to the "river" there was zero water. That was last summer. I hope there's a river this time like I remember as a kid.

topher38 05-08-2013 01:57 AM

The end of may 2011 the water was a good 3+ feet deep and decently warm.

bmlbrewer 05-08-2013 02:29 AM

I might be down, unless you guys are planning on crossing the river. I haven't done any major water crossing in my Jeep yet and don't know how high I can do the water. Depending on the date, I might drag my dad along in his 2013 Rubi. He hasn't quite popped the trail cherry yet. Plenty of dirt roads, but nothing that he's needed to turn the 4x4 on for. :thumb:

Oberst Hajj 05-08-2013 09:15 AM

So what is the date going to be for this run?

topher38 05-08-2013 09:31 AM

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Originally Posted by bmlbrewer
I might be down, unless you guys are planning on crossing the river. I haven't done any major water crossing in my Jeep yet and don't know how high I can do the water. Depending on the date, I might drag my dad along in his 2013 Rubi. He hasn't quite popped the trail cherry yet. Plenty of dirt roads, but nothing that he's needed to turn the 4x4 on for. :thumb:

Your gonna be crossing a lot of streams and rivers on this trail,

bmlbrewer 05-08-2013 09:58 AM

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Originally Posted by topher38 (Post 3732908)

Your gonna be crossing a lot of streams and rivers on this trail,



Well I realize that, and some water isn't bad. Someone earlier mentioned 3 feet though, and I've never been that deep before. Still not even to my door handles, but I was just being cautious from never having done a crossing that deep.

Oberst Hajj 05-08-2013 11:29 AM

Deep crossings would be my major concern as well... never crossed more then a puddle in the Jeep (only had it about 3 weeks lol)

Sinister6 05-08-2013 11:42 AM

Approaching water crossings with caution is always smart. The penalty for over estimating your jeeps ability can be devastating. Sometime you have to just say, Today that "obstacle" won...maybe next time.
No one should make you feel like you HAVE TO try something. And just because you have a snorkel doesn't mean you can cross windshield Deepwater. You want to play in water that deep by a boat!

topher38 05-08-2013 11:42 AM

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Originally Posted by bmlbrewer

Well I realize that, and some water isn't bad. Someone earlier mentioned 3 feet though, and I've never been that deep before. Still not even to my door handles, but I was just being cautious from never having done a crossing that deep.

Oh oh oh I see.
The river (what I said was about 3 feet deep) isn't cross able that's not part of the trail. I'm really not sure how deep the streams and puddles are along the trail. It really depends on what time of the year you go. Just look up medieno (sp?) pass on YouTube and they have a ton of videos of the creeks you can cross.
And of course in the spring they will be deeper than they would be during the late summer early fall.

C6Rubicon 05-08-2013 01:58 PM

Stock JK's can cross water 30" deep according to the manual but that would be without creating much of a wake.

bmlbrewer 05-08-2013 03:15 PM

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Originally Posted by topher38 (Post 3733321)

Oh oh oh I see.
The river (what I said was about 3 feet deep) isn't cross able that's not part of the trail. I'm really not sure how deep the streams and puddles are along the trail. It really depends on what time of the year you go. Just look up medieno (sp?) pass on YouTube and they have a ton of videos of the creeks you can cross.
And of course in the spring they will be deeper than they would be during the late summer early fall.

Just watched a few videos and it seems like most of the creeks are only about a foot and a half deep, tops. I'm less concerned now. Let me know when this trip is happening. My and my TJ are down, and ill try and convince my dad to come along too with his '13 Rubicon, since he hasn't properly trail tested it yet.

euroford 05-08-2013 08:22 PM

the NPS keeps the conditions updated.

Medano Pass Primitive Road - Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Full Spool 05-08-2013 10:21 PM

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Originally Posted by euroford (Post 3735054)

They don't give a heads up. Forest Service opened it late last year too. I figured there was less snow this year, so they would open early. Look like an early June run. Plus, you want it warm out so the water doesn't shock your heart ...:D

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Justin04Lj 05-08-2013 11:13 PM

I'm looking forward to this one

bmlbrewer 05-09-2013 12:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Justin04Lj (Post 3735790)
I'm looking forward to this one

So early June now? That works even better for me. So down.

Justin04Lj 05-09-2013 12:10 AM

I haven't heard a set date

topher38 05-09-2013 12:15 AM

June is good


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