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Jocko
July 10th, 2006, 11:20 PM
Hit these trails over the Fourth. Nothing too hard core, just some really nice scenery.

Heading down the shelf road.
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y144/cj3185002/July-4-206-45.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y144/cj3185002/July-4-206-48.jpg

This is as narrow as it gets.
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y144/cj3185002/July-4-206-52.jpg

Freakin' out my bro-in-law.
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y144/cj3185002/July-4-206-53.jpg

Below Devil's Punch Bowl
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y144/cj3185002/July-4-206-57.jpg

The famous Crystal Mill
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y144/cj3185002/4th-of-July-3.jpg

My other bro-in-law heading towards Gothic
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y144/cj3185002/4th-of-July-5.jpg

Taylor Pass
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y144/cj3185002/July-4-206-9.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y144/cj3185002/July-4-206-16.jpg

Taylor Lake
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y144/cj3185002/July-4-206-23.jpg

Big Dave
July 10th, 2006, 11:31 PM
Frickin beautiful. Any idea if Pearl is free of snow yet?

1BADCJ8
July 11th, 2006, 06:59 AM
Man that spot looks narrow and very off camber.

So last years huge glacier/snow bank is gone finally?

Jocko
July 11th, 2006, 07:34 AM
Frickin beautiful. Any idea if Pearl is free of snow yet?

Not sure on Pearl Pass. I have never made time to run that trail in. I talked to some guys rom Basalt, and IIRC they said they " heard" it was still snowed in.


Man that spot looks narrow and very off camber.

So last years huge glacier/snow bank is gone finally?

My jeep is 84"s outside tire to outside tire. I felt comfortable the whole time going down. I went back up in the rain. That spot was a little spooky, just 'cause the rock was so slick.

As far as the snow bank (on the other side) there was very little left. Still a big chunk of snow and ice, but nothing like it used to be.

Jocko

Wally
July 11th, 2006, 09:30 AM
Hey jocko, i'm heading up there in a few weeks and was going to take the stock XJ over Pearl Pass from aspen, and was toying with heading back down schofield. I did it in a stock ZJ many years back...little sketchy but i made it :D anyways, how is it now, you think i could get an XJ with 30's and skid plates down schofield or is it to roughed up?

Jocko
July 11th, 2006, 11:12 AM
You could easily get the stock XJ down all of the dry parts of the trail. The only place you might have trouble is at the water crossing at the top of the shelf road. I caught up to a stock cj5 going down the shelf part (didn't see him at the water crossing) and he wasn't having any trouble.
It's worth a try. I'm sure you know, the scenery is amazing.

Jocko

NOTE:
I would not recommend this trail to just anyone in their stock XJ. There are very narrow parts on this trail that are not for the faint of heart. If you do go, it is recommended to hike the shelf road first. Only you know your limitations. (Gawd I sound like a dork:D )

Wally
July 11th, 2006, 11:49 AM
NOTE:
I would not recommend this trail to just anyone in their stock XJ. There are very narrow parts on this trail that are not for the faint of heart. If you do go, it is recommended to hike the shelf road first. Only you know your limitations. (Gawd I sound like a dork:D )

You could have just left that at "Wally is the exception, because he is a VERY skilled driver, he should be able to handle this in a stock XJ :flipoff2:"

revorder
July 11th, 2006, 12:59 PM
Two men went in the wauder
only one came out
sharks took the rest

Hey Jocko I was ahead of you in the 90. You didnt explain what happened to your pasenger. You started down with a shotgun rider, and he was gone when I saw you near the mill??? Nice week on the trails. See you on another some day. JP

JeepGirlJody
July 12th, 2006, 02:20 PM
These are the two most difficult trails I have been on. Even though I'm a chick I do a lot of 4 wheeling. My TJ is pretty much stock, I do have skid plates, dissconnects and 31" MTR's, I always air down and I try to be prepared. I got stuck a couple of times over Pearl Pass, I was with 3 more larger rigs so I was able to push my limits. It was fun, very breathtaking. Schofield was very difficult, I didn't get stuck but it was a tough trail. I came over and down from Crestted Butte and it got dark on me real quick. Slept over the bridge and next to the punchbowl, the ground shook all night.
I learned a lot about spotting.
My best advise- you should definately go with at least one other vehicle.

JeepGirlJody
July 12th, 2006, 02:25 PM
Nice pictures too, when did you guys go? I went through Crystal last Tuesday.

Okiyota
July 23rd, 2006, 05:35 PM
How do you get to Taylor Lake, i am guessing Taylor Pass, but i dont know where that is either? Does anyone know if the burn ban is in effect in this area?

Okiyota
July 23rd, 2006, 05:39 PM
Which one is pictured above...

Taylor Lake

Directions: This lake is most easily accessed from Aspen. Take Castle Creek Road approximately 12 miles south to Express Creek Road (just past Ashcroft town site). Proceed approximately 5 miles to Taylor Lake.

Fee: None

Boating: Non-motorized, hand-powered only

Fish: Brook trout

Water Acres: 40

Elevation: 11,500 feet

Managing Agency: USDA Forest Service, Gunnison Ranger District. For more information call (970) 641-0471 or (970) 944-2500. --------------------------------------------------------------------------

Taylor Reservoir

Directions: From Gunnison take Highway 135 north 10 miles to Almont. Turn right (northeast) onto Taylor Canyon Road. Proceed on Taylor Canyon Road approximately 19 miles to Taylor Reservoir.

Fee: None

Boating: No restrictions

Fish: Lake trout and kokanee salmon

Water Acres: 2,009

Elevation: 9,330 feet

Managing Agency: USDA Forest Service, Gunnison Ranger District. For more information call (970) 641-0471 or (970) 944-2500.

Alpine Spirit
July 23rd, 2006, 06:43 PM
That is Taylor Lake which is very Close to Taylor Pass

Murfman
July 24th, 2006, 03:45 AM
Ran Schofield twice in my stock Xterra, XJ will have no probs but you might bottom out on some of the bigger rocks.

82'CJ7
July 24th, 2006, 10:33 AM
Looks gorgeous out there. Great pics!