Recent 4 Pass Loop conditions?

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Recent 4 Pass Loop conditions?

Postby SkiBikeClimb99 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:34 am

Anybody have beta on the 4 Pass Loop (or photos from some of the 14er's looking into the basins)? I'd like to try an early season trip before tourist season starts. I don't think snow will be a problem, but wanted to check first. Thanks in advance, Tom
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Re: Recent 4 Pass Loop conditions?

Postby roguejackalope » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:01 am

I don't have any of good pictures here at work with me, but there is definitely still snow. We went up to Trail Rider Pass from Snowmass Lake over Memorial Day weekend. We saw a few sections of the trail, but did the entire climb on snow. There was even more snow on the other side of the pass. That said, it is melting pretty fast up there. Could be mostly snow free in a couple weeks, but that is wild conjecture. Good luck!
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Re: Recent 4 Pass Loop conditions?

Postby SkiBikeClimb99 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:49 am

Thanks- that's what I was afraid of
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Re: Recent 4 Pass Loop conditions?

Postby highplaces » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:33 pm

Bump. Anyone have newer info on this? Thanks.
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Re: Recent 4 Pass Loop conditions?

Postby Tommy Dorr » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:49 pm

2nd that bump. Anything will help.
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Re: Recent 4 Pass Loop conditions?

Postby ajkagy » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:56 pm

when i was up above schofield pass this weekend frigid air/west maroon pass basin looked pretty dry. To give some type of perspective, trail 401 is usually not ride-able until July, but it's totally dry right now. Everything is over a month early melting out this year, total July conditions up there.

If i spin up there this week i'll take a few shots looking into the basin.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/577723_10150955774501893_47973675_n.jpg - Here is a shot from this weekend posted on CBs facebook page, you can see the S. face of maroon in the background and the basin where frigid/w. maroon pass is.
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Re: Recent 4 Pass Loop conditions?

Postby Tommy Dorr » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:28 pm

Thanks a bunch. That helps a lot.

I'm taking my girlfriend up there this coming weekend. She's strong and fast, but is kinda scared of snow. From Florida :roll:
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Re: Recent 4 Pass Loop conditions?

Postby msteiner » Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:49 am

I am planning to do this loop next week (June 21-24) over the solstice. Any up-to-date beta on the route would be appreciated. The rangers said that there still may be some snow and the creeks are running about knee deep.
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Re: Recent 4 Pass Loop conditions?

Postby sevenvii » Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:41 pm

I assume so, but does anyone think that flower blooms will follow that same pattern? I know where I am, all trees and flowers down low seemed to be a few weeks ahead of a normal year. So if 4 pass is typically in full bloom early august, would early July be expected prime this year? Thoughts :?:
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Re: Recent 4 Pass Loop conditions?

Postby ajkagy » Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:46 pm

sevenvii wrote:I assume so, but does anyone think that flower blooms will follow that same pattern? I know where I am, all trees and flowers down low seemed to be a few weeks ahead of a normal year. So if 4 pass is typically in full bloom early august, would early July be expected prime this year? Thoughts :?:


I'm thinking in another 3 weeks the flowers should be in full bloom around crested butte. There are already tons of yellow flowers out at 11k ft near frigid air pass. The only caveat is that we need rain really freakin bad right now. It's been a good 3-4 weeks since we've had any and everything is dry which might hinder the flowers.
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Re: Recent 4 Pass Loop conditions?

Postby B[3] » Sat Jun 16, 2012 6:34 pm

Just posted a trip report depicting our 4 pass loop variation that we completed this week (finished yesterday). We tried to get photos of the passes (which were pretty clear); most of the snowfields were below the passes on the slopes and some were fairly steep. The creek crossings weren't too bad (I don't think the water was anywhere near my knees where I crossed, but it was too deep to cross in just my hiking boots). I couldn't fit all of our photos in the trip report, so if you have other questions let me know.
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Re: Recent 4 Pass Loop conditions?

Postby tmahon » Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:04 am

Did the loop yesterday. Snow isn't an issue. There were some backpackers out there, but compared to the usual Saturday in July or August, it was really quiet.

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