Weston Pass Conditions

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Steve Bonowski
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Weston Pass Conditions

Postby Steve Bonowski » Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:42 am

I had a CMC group on the Park County side of the road this past Sunday. The usual winter closure, where plowing by the county ends, is at the Weston Pass Ranch turnoff. A few 4x4s try to go on, but a major ice flow about 200 yards long blocks the road about a mile in. The flow is easily bypassed by walking along the north edge of the road and then up onto the hillside for a brief time.

Otherwise, there were a few places with knee deep postholing; and a lot of bare, or nearly bare, patches on the road. We didn't carry snowshoes altho the current storm systems this week may make snowshoes a necessity. We got to the Pass summit, about 6 1/2 miles from the closure, with about 2,000' of elevation gain.

If one is so inclined, there was little snow on the north side of the Pass summit and one could gain the ridge to go over to Weston Peak (13,572'). Doing the peak, which we didn't do Sunday, involves another 1,600' of gain in about 1 & 1/4 mile of linear distance. Total time out was a bit over 8 hours. If you're looking for a nice long workout that doesn't involve high wind on a peak or watching for avy zones, this is a good one. Steve

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