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Old 08-28-2008, 04:15 PM
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Default 9/28 Lead King, Schofield, Italian Creek, Taylor

I would like to plan a fall run in the Aspen area for Sunday, September 28th to catch some fall colors and fresh air. This will be a long one-day trail run from Marble to Crested Butte to Aspen:

The trails would include:

Lead King Basin (clockwise from Marble) (9.2 miles)
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=43


Schofield Pass (4.5 miles)
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=45


Italian Creek Road (16.9 miles)
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=117


Taylor Pass (8.5 miles)
http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=118


Richmond Ridge (12 miles)
(Sorry, no link, but itís easy/moderate following the ridge from Taylor Pass to the face of Aspen Mountain/Ajax)


I ran this last year and it was a 16 hour day with the TTT and 12 rigs stopping for lots of photo ops. Itís 50+ miles on trail, plus travel time to and from the trail heads from Carbondale, Crested Butte and Aspen. It would be prudent to get on the road from Carbondale at 8am and shoot for arrival in Aspen around 9pm. Depending on how many rigs and people we have, I might be able to provide some lodging the nights before/after in the Carbondale/Basalt/Aspen area, or there are camping options at both ends, either outside Marble or several locations outside Aspen.

I would recommend arriving in the Carbondale area on Saturday evening and planning to return home on Monday morning, which is what I plan to do. If it is still open, we could also take the scenic route over Independence Pass on the way back to the Front Range.



Vehicle qualifications:

A good stock rig can make it on all of these trails, but for the purposes of avoiding delays and minimizing potential damage, I recommend the following basics:

33Ē tires (something that can take abuse, the talus and shale is unforgiving of sidewalls)
Skid plates (factory will suffice)
Sliders
Front and rear tow points
Rear locker
Basic recovery gear suitable for your vehicle
All-weather clothing (literally, it can be 80+ degrees, then snowing in the same day!)

Because of the amount of time we will spend in the rigs with minimal down time, a CB will be essential if you want to keep up with whatís next, when weíre stopping, potty breaks, and details about the trail as we progress (e.g. watch out for the pumpkin buster thereÖ this is Lizard Lake, itís freakiní beautiful!)
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Old 08-28-2008, 05:58 PM
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WOW! What a great sounding trip!
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better check and see if Schofield is open! Agree with UB, a great day on the trail!
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What a sales brochure! Gorgeous!
16 hour day, huh? Don't think this old man is up for that. I KNOW a certain fetching Mrs. Morgan ain't.
Dang.
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Old 08-29-2008, 07:21 AM
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Schofield is open - we were in the area last week and talked to two different groups that had run it.

The trip sounds like a lot of fun, we hit Italian creek last week and it is one of my new favorites. We made the short side trip to the top of American Flag Mountain and it was really worth the view. You are going to have a great time!
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I may be up for this...We'll see.
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WOW! What a great sounding trip!
Thx! Been chomping at the bit to get back up there. Join us?

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16 hour day, huh? Don't think this old man is up for that. I KNOW a certain fetching Mrs. Morgan ain't.
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Awe, come on! There are a few smooth sections

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The smooth is not the problem. It's the 16 hour part!
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Won't these roads be snowed in by then? I had read just a week or two back that Devil's Punchbowl was still under several feet of snow?

That picture of Scholfield pass with the white Runner-how recent is that please? I was never able to proceed past the bridge in past travels as the road had eroded away just 100 feet or so up the road from there.
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Won't these roads be snowed in by then? I had read just a week or two back that Devil's Punchbowl was still under several feet of snow?

That picture of Scholfield pass with the white Runner-how recent is that please? I was never able to proceed past the bridge in past travels as the road had eroded away just 100 feet or so up the road from there.
Schofield and the Punchbowl are currently open based on a couple of first hand reports from the last week. First snow is usually around then beginning of October, so there might be some white stuff, but hopefully not snowed in, per se.

The pic with the 4Runner is from the same route when we ran it on 07/07/07, about a week after it cleared that year.

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