Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-29-2016, 11:23 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Denver
Posts: 1,440
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dustdevil View Post
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.
Cool, thanks for the added detail. We still do a fair amount of tent camping for some reason, so that might make the most sense for us the first time out there. I've been in Colorado since the mid 80's and am almost embarrassed to admit I've never explored that area of our state. All of the mountains west of Denver have snow on them already. Full sun today for the first time since last week.
__________________

__________________
2016 27BHS Elite
2012 F-150 EcoBoost / Max Tow (Sold)
2017 'Blue Jeans' 6.2 F-250 Lariat 4.3 gears.
bansai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2016, 10:47 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
RPreeb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: NE Colorado
Posts: 300
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dustdevil View Post
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.
__________________

__________________
Rick



2016 F-150 XLT 4x4 Super Crew 3.5L Ecoboost
2017 Jay Feather X213
RPreeb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2016, 08:55 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Albuquerque
Posts: 172
I love me some Colorado. My DW and I go there yearly normally the week before Labor Day in Silverton. We stay at Silver Summit RV Park (Highly recommended by the way). Bring the Jeep a quad and have a great time doing all the trails in the area...including Black Bear. That is prob one of my favorite runs. Silverton up 550 to Black Bear pass to Telluride, then take Imogene over to Ouray. Spend the evening in Ouray and have a burger at Maggies and then a few hours in the hot springs and then drive 550 back home in the dark...that is the scary part. Do that with a light bar or something because the number of deer on 550 when it is dark is dangerous. We will prob be doing some smaller weekend trips there over the summer next year and then do our 10 day long trip again before Labor Day. Good Times.
__________________
2016 Seneca 37FS
DW+7 kids+2 dogs=bunkhouse required
RyRoRyan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2016, 09:07 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
RPreeb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: NE Colorado
Posts: 300
For anyone interested, search "Black Bear Road" on You Tube. There are several videos posted.
__________________
Rick



2016 F-150 XLT 4x4 Super Crew 3.5L Ecoboost
2017 Jay Feather X213
RPreeb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2016, 12:46 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
robert9999's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Orlando
Posts: 219
Nice area & great pictures. I was up in Durango, Delores, & Telluride this August. Beautiful part of the world for sure! Stayed in Delores River RV park & journey out from that base. I will be back.
__________________

robert9999 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:51 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.