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Old 04-06-2008, 08:16 PM   #99
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Snow pack

Thanks yet again Gene, my summer will be much the better for it.

As far as the snow goes, my intent is to keep an eye on it and adjust where needed. Hopefully, the snow will be melted enough for me to enjoy my first major trip into Colorado in the last 20 years. If the snow prevents enjoying the area my fall back plan is to drift west into east Nevada and up into Idaho. However, that would just put me into the snow there earlier in the season than I planned and add a bunch of miles to my trip that would be better to be avoided. Of course, once I pull out of Lawton, what ever the plan is, it will go in the trash. The main goal of my planning is to figure out the main places that I might want to see- beyond that its time and opportunity.
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The are actually 2 passes, the first one north from Creede is Spring Creek, then Slumgullian. There a well know waterfall south or east of the highway, a mile or more or less. The boondocking would be on the other side (I guess). Real good directions, huh. Never done it there, just driven by and stopped by the waterfall once for lunch.

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There is a neat campground a couple of miles below the waterfall.
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Looks like you're headed to Glacier Park ?? Try and catch Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park near Three Forks MT and Finley Point State Park at Flathead Lake on the north shore on the way to Glacier. Have camp hosted at Finley Point for the last 3 years and its the best spot on the lake.
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That's the waterfall—I recognize it and it's quite impressive.

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Cottonwood Pass

Looking at my atlas, there is a road heading noth out of Gunnison Co into the forest with a bunch of FSCGs. This road reaches a lake and then appears to become gravel at that point. It passes over Cottonwood pass and then drops into Buena Vista. Anyone know this county? Is there good boondocking to be had up there? How are the FSCGs up that road?
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It's been a while since I went up that way. (I assume you're talking the highway up to Taylor Res.)

In any case, that is high country and, this year, unlikely to allow you many options. We used to travel over Kebler from Paonia to Crested Butte (a branch off of the highway you're talking), and it was generally not open to easy traverse until early June. And that was in a normal snow year.


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Looking at my atlas, there is a road heading noth out of Gunnison Co into the forest with a bunch of FSCGs. This road reaches a lake and then appears to become gravel at that point. It passes over Cottonwood pass and then drops into Buena Vista. Anyone know this county? Is there good boondocking to be had up there? How are the FSCGs up that road?
The East side (BV) road was being widened a couple of years ago, the west side was still the same, Very narrow, in places, It may all be widened by now.
I would suggest before trying it with your trailer you make a trip with just your truck...
Again,,, depending on snow melt??

Taylor park is great place to fish and hike.
I sure fills up with tourists/campers on holiday weekends.
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Rodney,

That's the Cottonwood Pass Road and you can find it on the Colorado DOT website under seasonal road closures. Right now it says it will open in the spring which doesn't say much. The west side is gravel and can be quite bumpy washboard. It is well above tree line at the summit. The west side where Taylor Park Res. is has many camping opportunities. On the east side there's a commercialized hot spring with wonderful, sulphur free water, but I don't know the present status. Haven't been there in at least 15 years. It's now called Cottonwood HS Resort, once it was called Jump Steady HS.

The FS road from Crested Butte to Colo. 133 goes over Kebler Pass and is a good gravel road through an amazing aspen forest—some think it to be the largest single organism on the plant.

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Again,,, depending on snow melt??....
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I figure all I can do is plan for all eventualities and root for global warming.....
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fly fishing

Some questions

1) What is the expected effect of the large snow mass melting on fly fishing expected to be?

2) Does anyone have any experince or information of fly fishing on the Rio Grande in the Wild Rivers NRS near questa?

3) Is it summer yet?
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Well, I can't say too much about your first two questions, but that last one is easy:

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Rod and others.

You all seem to do a lot of boondocking. We have never tried it but may on our next trip down to southern Utah and the Four Corners area as well as near Big Sky, MT.

My question(s) are;

Have you ever felt in danger out there alone in the middle of nowhere? Do you carry a gun? If so, have you ever been glad you do? If not, ever you ever felt sorry you didn't? I guess I am more worried about human problems than wild animals.

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In danger, no, not really. When we carry the pistol, it's as a loud noise-maker (a thing I learned from my elderly dad, who used to fly his plane over some very uninhabited territory). And even then, there was only one occasion when we would have liked to have the noise-maker: It was a mild confrontation with a mountain lion, and, of course, we didn't have the pistol with us.

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Rod and others.

You all seem to do a lot of boondocking. We have never tried it but may on our next trip down to southern Utah and the Four Corners area as well as near Big Sky, MT.

My question(s) are;

Have you ever felt in danger out there alone in the middle of nowhere? Do you carry a gun? If so, have you ever been glad you do? If not, ever you ever felt sorry you didn't? I guess I am more worried about human problems than wild animals.

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