Originally Posted by Dustdevil
If you do go, I would avoid attempting the Black Bear Pass trail with the F150, even with 4wd. It is likely still closed in spring, as are most of the high passes. But there are plenty of nice off-highway drives that don't go that high. but the pickup trucks have too long of a wheelbase for many of the high roads. Switchbacks are brutal, and a short wheelbase 4wd is necessary. You can rent a Jeep in town from several operators, many of which are "you drive it". Keep in mind some of them ban you from Black Bear and/or some of the Alpine Loop trails.
Most of the high passes are open by July 30 or so. I have heard that they may close them early this year. There was a significant snow up there last weekend. If it sticks, or if there is another storm close behind, they may just choose to close them down early.
I watched a video this summer on Facebook shot on Black Bear. Not a chance that I'd take my F-150 on that road, even if it was a short bed and standard cab. I did a few wild rides in my 1980 Toyota 4x4 PU back in the 80's, and there were times I had to do a back and forth to get around a switchback (once had to back down a half mile to find a spot wide enough to turn around when I came to a switchback that was too steep and icy to climb in 4WD). Some of those on Black Bear are too tight for a jeep to make it in one pass without backing up. After watching that video, I don't think I'd even have the guts to do it in a good jeep.