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In all of Summitpost, nobody knew

Postby nader » Wed May 11, 2011 7:51 pm

I posted this question in January, nobody answered. Here it is again:

In summer can you drive to North Cottonwood Creek Trailhaed (For Mt.s Yale, Columbia & Harvard) in a standard car or do you need 4WD?
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Re: In all of Summitpost, nobody knew

Postby Monster5 » Wed May 11, 2011 8:01 pm

Standard car with reasonable clearance. Gets a bit bumpy and wash-boarded, depending on time of year, but still driveable in a normal vehicle.
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Re: In all of Summitpost, nobody knew

Postby Clark_Griswold » Wed May 11, 2011 8:13 pm

Very specific Colorado 14,000 foot mountain questions can often be answered, without the need of posting in a forum, at 14ers.com

http://14ers.com/php14ers/trailheads2.php?thparm=sw05
From the above link, you can get updated road conditions. The general road description is:

Rough 2WD dirt to the TH. It may require 4WD in early summer.
Directions: Turn west on County Road (CR) 350 (Crossman Ave.) near the center of Buena Vista. This road is less than 1/2 mile north of the stoplight in the center of town. Continue on CR 350 for 2 miles and turn right onto CR 361. After almost 1 mile, turn left onto CR 365 (dirt). Continue on this road for over 5 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. Turn right into the wooded parking area which loops around counter-clockwise. The trail starts on the west side of the parking area.
Winter Access: Closed near 9,200 feet - over 3 miles below the TH.


http://14ers.com/php14ers/trailheads1.php
for all 14,000 foot peak trailhead conditions
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Re: In all of Summitpost, nobody knew

Postby nader » Wed May 11, 2011 8:53 pm

Thanks.
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Re: In all of Summitpost, nobody knew

Postby Bill Reed » Thu May 12, 2011 2:00 am

nader wrote:I posted this question in January, nobody answered. Here it is again:

In summer can you drive to North Cottonwood Creek Trailhaed (For Mt.s Yale, Columbia & Harvard) in a standard car or do you need 4WD?


Sorry we ignored you, didn't mean to. Personally I don't now the answer but I would ask you: In light of our monster snowpack, what do you mean by "summer"?
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Re: In all of Summitpost, nobody knew

Postby lcarreau » Thu May 12, 2011 3:09 am

Bill Reed wrote:
nader wrote:I posted this question in January, nobody answered. Here it is again:

In summer can you drive to North Cottonwood Creek Trailhaed (For Mt.s Yale, Columbia & Harvard) in a standard car or do you need 4WD?


Sorry we ignored you, didn't mean to. Personally I don't now the answer but I would ask you: In light of our monster snowpack, what do you mean by "summer"?


Hey, Nader. I've been hearing stories about the 2011 snowpack in northern Utah and Colorado. You might need one of THESE :

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Re: In all of Summitpost, nobody knew

Postby nader » Thu May 12, 2011 3:20 pm

Appreciate the pitty.

Glad to hear that there has been good snowfall. I was actually worried that the snowpack might have been below average, at least in southern Colorado. I saw a recent trip report in the Sangre De Cristos in April and the snow cover did not seem to be that much.
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Re: In all of Summitpost, nobody knew

Postby Dan Shorb » Thu May 12, 2011 5:43 pm

nader wrote:Appreciate the pitty.

Glad to hear that there has been good snowfall. I was actually worried that the snowpack might have been below average, at least in southern Colorado. I saw a recent trip report in the Sangre De Cristos in April and the snow cover did not seem to be that much.


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Re: In all of Summitpost, nobody knew

Postby CSUMarmot » Thu May 12, 2011 9:55 pm

Damn the snow. At this time of year I should be able to snowshoe no more than 1 mile to reach a 11K summit. Now its going to be more like 2-3 miles.
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Re: In all of Summitpost, nobody knew

Postby lcarreau » Fri May 13, 2011 2:40 am

CSUMarmot wrote:Damn the snow. At this time of year I should be able to snowshoe no more than 1 mile to reach a 11K summit. Now its going to be more like 2-3 miles.


Mister Marmot ? Don't ya mean .... DAMN the TORPEDOES !!! (and full speed ahead...?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL6XwAl_hNo&feature=related
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Re: In all of Summitpost, nobody knew

Postby CSUMarmot » Fri May 13, 2011 4:01 am

lcarreau wrote:
CSUMarmot wrote:Damn the snow. At this time of year I should be able to snowshoe no more than 1 mile to reach a 11K summit. Now its going to be more like 2-3 miles.


Mister Marmot ? Don't ya mean .... DAMN the TORPEDOES !!! (and full speed ahead...?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL6XwAl_hNo&feature=related


Ahhh, very good album, great live version of that song. My favorite was always:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHA6OVmxr2k
Dammit kid get off mah lawn!!!
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Re: In all of Summitpost, nobody knew

Postby mconnell » Fri May 13, 2011 4:18 am

CSUMarmot wrote:Damn the snow. At this time of year I should be able to snowshoe no more than 1 mile to reach a 11K summit. Now its going to be more like 2-3 miles.


If you don't like the snow, there's always Texas.
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Re: In all of Summitpost, nobody knew

Postby lcarreau » Fri May 13, 2011 4:34 am

mconnell wrote:
If you don't like the snow, there's always Texas.


Or ARIZONA ... there's nothing like a "cesspool of heat" coming at ya full throttle.

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Re: In all of Summitpost, nobody knew

Postby CSUMarmot » Fri May 13, 2011 9:10 pm

Come on guys, I like the Panthers!! Summers in Colorado, hockey season in Miami
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Re: In all of Summitpost, nobody knew

Postby Doublecabin » Sun May 15, 2011 12:22 am

Southern Colorado is indeed an entirely different game than it is north of the Arkansas River. The Collegiates are in the tranisiton zone, don't count on a big snowpack, but as far as I know its just supposed to be a warmer summer, not drier than normal. Here's a San Juan Snotel CONSIDERABLY lower than average.

http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/cgibin/wyg ... -LILY+POND
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