The snowpack around Crested Butte and Aspen is going quick this year. These areas had a well below average winter for snowfall as we highlighted in past updates. So the high country is melting out quick and we’ll see folks hiking or biking between Aspen and Crested Butte before you know it.
I headed out towards Schofield Pass the other day hoping to get an update on West Maroon Pass. The snow plug is plugged by old avalanche debris just before the summit of Schofield Pass. This is typical for this time of year and adds an extra 2 miles or so to the West Maroon Hike as you can walk over that bit of snow but not drive over it. This isn’t looking nearly as bad as last year, and I bet it will only last for another 5 weeks or so from now.
I didn’t make it to far on this trip, as there was still too much snow in the trees on the backside of Schofield Pass. That snow was soft and not worth post holing through to try and get to the start of the trail heading up to West Maroon Pass.
I’ll give it a couple weeks then go check again. The high country is definitely melting out quick, so I expect we’ll be running between Crested Butte and Aspen during the last couple weeks of June.
Unfortunately the photos I have from that trip are on a memory card that I’m not going to have access two for the next 10 days while I’m away from home. This post will just have to be all words and no pictures.