Trailhead:  Lead King Basin
Elk Mountains
 Posted By:  markjfun
 Date of Info:  07/15/2011
 Date Posted:  07/18/2011
The road to Lead King Basin out of Marble is blocked by a snow drift at approx 8,500 ft. I believe the odometer said 3.9 miles from the center of Marble. The snow drift is just around the corner after the road makes a right-hand switchback. BE CAREFUL AND STOP WELL BEFORE THE SNOW - There is very slick mud on the narrow ribbon of road!! I stopped on the road just feet from the snow drift and my SUV promptly slid off the side of the road from a dead stop. My SUV was at a nasty 45-degree angle and sitting in thick wet mud. It took me and my 2 passengers 1.5 hours of engineering with logs and rocks to eventually clear a path that cut through the forest and over to a lower point of the road below that switchback. If you get stuck in that mud by the snow drift, there is pretty much no option but to take that shortcut down through the steep muddy nastiness to meet up with the lower section of the road again.

 Comments or Questions

07/18/2011 23:12
How big was the drift? Any chance it would be gone by this weekend?

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