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Old 05-23-2019, 06:53 PM
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Black bear pass

Hey guys, im going to Moab august 31 and On my way i want to do black bear pass and maybe if i have the time Imogene pass the same day. A fellow jeeper told me it was doable in the same day but i may be slower than him... i dont know but anyway... i am looking for someone to do that trail with me just to make sure everything go as planned. Let me know if you’re interested! Im driving a Jkur on 35’s with 4" of lift.

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You have plenty of rig, it is the shelf roads that need attention. I would highly recommend you find someone to run black bear with you. Imogene is my favorite.

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Old 05-23-2019, 09:20 PM
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You have plenty of rig, it is the shelf roads that need attention. I would highly recommend you find someone to run black bear with you. Imogene is my favorite.
I’ve been in Moab twice but its the first time im going at this time of the year and black bear and pass are on my bucket list for a while now but the timing wasn’t good! If i end up finding no one i would reconsider doing it... i wish i find someone!
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You will be fine. But if you really want company, just wait at trailhead or by the peak.

I did it as solo rig with my family in haul and many has done the same. We took our time to relax which is nice versus having to keep up with the rest of the train.

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You will be fine. But if you really want company, just wait at trailhead or by the peak.

I did it as solo rig with my family in haul and many has done the same. We took our time to relax which is nice versus having to keep up with the rest of the train.

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Im gonna start the trail as early as possible so may be too early for trailhead reunion. Want to have enough time to do black bear and Imogene pass and be at the hotel early cause i have to be in moab the next day early enough to hit at least a trail! These are not gonna be relaxing vacancy but fun anyway!
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Both are fairy easy, beautiful scenery, and fun trails and doable in a day. I went by myself with no issues. You will see plenty of people on the trail so you are not really alone. The first time I went it was raining a bit so the rock shelf road was a bit scary. You may want a spotter on the switchbacks but not necessary.
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Both are fairy easy, beautiful scenery, and fun trails and doable in a day. I went by myself with no issues. You will see plenty of people on the trail so you are not really alone. The first time I went it was raining a bit so the rock shelf road was a bit scary. You may want a spotter on the switchbacks but not necessary.
good to know. Im gonna be with my old man so i’ve got my spotter!
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You will be fine then as long as they get them open from all the snow! They got hammered this year.
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You will be fine then as long as they get them open from all the snow! They got hammered this year.
i heard about that, my hotel room in Montrose is not refundable but that was a risk to take. If its closed im gonna have to find something else to do in that area! Im from Quebec Canada and even us can’t get through the winter this year... its a rough one
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You will be fine then as long as they get them open from all the snow! They got hammered this year.
Snow blocked trails in late August? I'm hoping you're being funny. Right?
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You will be fine then as long as they get them open from all the snow! They got hammered this year.
Snow blocked trails in late August? I'm hoping you're being funny. Right?
im not there to argue cause i live 3000 miles away but i spoke to local people and apparently there’s been years where the trail had been closed all summer due to too much snow on the previous winter
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Snow blocked trails in late August? I'm hoping you're being funny. Right?
I just saw a report that they are going to try to get some of the trails open by the 4th of July weekend. I have been there the first week of August and driven through where they plowed or cut through and the snow was feet above the top of my jeep.
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Snow blocked trails in late August? I'm hoping you're being funny. Right?
Flatlanders...

I was telling our friends from Iowa that I'm changing our July plans for BBP to August to let the snow clear up and they thought I was full of it. I spent 20 minutes at Happy Hour dinner convincing them that there is still TONS of snow up in the Rockies lol
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im not there to argue cause i live 3000 miles away but i spoke to local people and apparently there’s been years where the trail had been closed all summer due to too much snow on the previous winter
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I just saw a report that they are going to try to get some of the trails open by the 4th of July weekend. I have been there the first week of August and driven through where they plowed or cut through and the snow was feet above the top of my jeep.
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Flatlanders...

I was telling our friends from Iowa that I'm changing our July plans for BBP to August to let the snow clear up and they thought I was full of it. I spent 20 minutes at Happy Hour dinner convincing them that there is still TONS of snow up in the Rockies lol
Guilty as charged.

We're booked at Molas Lake 2nd week in September...............if Black Bear/Imogene/Governors are still closed, I'll plan on Moab.

We've run into snow squalls in September in the San Juans/Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests before, but never had trails still closed from prior winters snow pack. Evidently we've lived a charmed life or God has taken pity on ignorant flatlanders.
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Due to the heavy, late snows San Miguel County is not going to be able to start clearing the high mountain passes as early as usual. Plans are to begin Ophir Pass mid-June, followed by Imogene and then Black Bear. Updates will be posted on the County Web Page www.sanmiguelcountyco.gov
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Old 06-18-2019, 07:25 AM
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Due to the heavy, late snows San Miguel County is not going to be able to start clearing the high mountain passes as early as usual. Plans are to begin Ophir Pass mid-June, followed by Imogene and then Black Bear. Updates will be posted on the County Web Page www.sanmiguelcountyco.gov
im goind there August 28 so this is probably gonna be clear by then
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Flatlanders...

I was telling our friends from Iowa that I'm changing our July plans for BBP to August to let the snow clear up and they thought I was full of it. I spent 20 minutes at Happy Hour dinner convincing them that there is still TONS of snow up in the Rockies lol
I have a nephew in Breck. They plan to keep A basin open for skiing through July 4th. At least that was the word Father's Day.

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When I lived in Colorado, A-Basin was my favorite "close in" ski area. Skiing there on July 4th would be so cool.
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When I lived in Colorado, A-Basin was my favorite "close in" ski area. Skiing there on July 4th would be so cool.
That might actually happen. They extended the ski season again. There is a chance of snow tonight.
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As far as I can remember, Memorial Day weekend was as late as I was ever able to ski at A-Basin.
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Wow. Even though some roads are open, it wouldn't be terribly fun at the moment, it seems. Driving between snow bank walls is only interesting for a stretch. We'll have to see what the melt is overall from upcoming trail vids.

I just hit some front range trails this past weekend at about 11.5k and things were quite clear overall. But 1k above there was good snow still. The Alpine Loop passes are generally 12+.

The avalanche evidence I've been seeing is way more than in years passed. Impressive tree stand takeouts and snow wash up across valleys.
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