4 pass loop Aspen snow estimates?
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Matt Edwards
(matpedw) - F
4 pass loop Aspen snow estimates? on 05/21/2011 11:56:46 MDT Print View

Hi all,
I have some time off work July 7 through 11th this year. We planned a trip for 4 pass loop but I am concerned the passes may still be snowed in this year. I live in Denver so I am aware of the heavy snowfall this spring. Just not sure how heavy translates in July. Any estimates or guesses if the passes will be passable? We'll have some novices in the group so the overall snow skill of the group is questionable. Perheps any alternatives or back up plans for that time of year? I was trying to convince some out of towners to come up. I would hate to dissapoint them.

Thanks

Matt

John Whynot
(jdw01776)

Locale: Southeast Texas
Re: 4 pass loop Aspen snow estimates? on 05/21/2011 13:54:10 MDT Print View

Matt:

I attempted the loop in early July of 2008. That was also a heavy snow year. I was solo, and did not feel comfortable crossing the creeks (which were high), and the passes held quite a bit of snow. I went back in 2009, and did the loop. Below is what Buckskin Pass looked like on 14 July 2008.

Buckskin Pass

Edited by jdw01776 on 05/21/2011 13:55:08 MDT.

Matt Edwards
(matpedw) - F
Re: Re: 4 pass loop Aspen snow estimates? on 05/22/2011 10:03:32 MDT Print View

Thank you!
That's exactly what I was afraid of. I'll start looking for alternatives.

Eric Swab
(ericswab) - M

Locale: Rockies
4 pass loop Aspen snow estimates? on 05/22/2011 20:41:32 MDT Print View

This might help you

http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/snotel/Colorado/colorado.html