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BarryG20

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Posted: 06/03/19 07:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

oh next week, I think Mineral Campground is still closed at least according to the usda forest service site.and 4runnerguy is right still a lot of snow up there right now might give molas lake a call to see if they're open, they open approximately June 1st according to their website weather permitting.

As 4runnerguy mentioned might be better to look bit lower in elevation Durango area, perhaps even Mesa Verde area or Durango with a day trip to Mesa Verde


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Wow! Being snowed out in June was not something I had anticipated. I will call both Molas lake and the forest service but it doesn't sound promising. How disappointing. We're in Tucson, hotter than heck here, so I didn't even think of snow! We can't easily go driving around as we do not have a vehicle we can tow yet so the only way to get around is with the motorhome.

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Cambryce wrote:

Wow! Being snowed out in June was not something I had anticipated. I will call both Molas lake and the forest service but it doesn't sound promising. How disappointing. We're in Tucson, hotter than heck here, so I didn't even think of snow! We can't easily go driving around as we do not have a vehicle we can tow yet so the only way to get around is with the motorhome.


An advantage to staying in Durango, and a suggestion, would be to rent a car/SUV/Jeep for the time you're going to be there. In Durango there are a number of nice places to camp, immediately in town as well as in the surrounding area. Since you are presumably the solo driver, perhaps one of the rental car agencies that will deliver to you would be appropriate.


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Cambryce wrote:

We can't easily go driving around as we do not have a vehicle we can tow yet so the only way to get around is with the motorhome.
That's where taking the train to Silverton makes sense. You can focus on the scenery and not worry about the driving. You get around three hours to walk around Silverton before your return trip. Since the train goes a different route than the road, you can take the train one way and the bus the other and see both routes without having to drive your MH.


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My wife and Grandson are getting ready to finish up the Colorado Trail this year with a final 3 week push with the llamas. The last 150ish miles from San Luis Pass(Creede area) to Junction Creek outside of Durango. And as such last night was looking at the SNOTEL site (snow telemetry)

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it shows a variety of things regarding snow one of which is snow depth at various stations around the country, as of last night
Red Mountain Pass Station 69 inches @ 11200' elevation
Molas Lake 32 inches @10500' elevation
Mineral Creek 23 inches Don't know the exact location of that site could be the headwaters so higher elevation than the campground maybe but could very well be the CG area @10400' elevation
Columbus Basin (west of Durango in the La Platas) 81 inches @10785' elevation

Problem has been well not a problem if you live here for water is the late snowstorms we got and the cool weather only within the last week have nights been above freezing at elevation and even then low-mid 30's and daytime highs in the 40's and 50's so melt off is going slower than normal this year.


Good thing the current plan is to go in August. General rule of thumb for the trail is for the southern half no snow on the trail 3 weeks after Red Mountain is 0

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BarryG20 wrote:

My wife and Grandson are getting ready to finish up the Colorado Trail this year with a final 3 week push with the llamas. The last 150ish miles from San Luis Pass(Creede area) to Junction Creek outside of Durango. And as such last night was looking at the SNOTEL site (snow telemetry)

LINK

it shows a variety of things regarding snow one of which is snow depth at various stations around the country, as of last night
Red Mountain Pass Station 69 inches @ 11200' elevation
Molas Lake 32 inches @10500' elevation
Mineral Creek 23 inches Don't know the exact location of that site could be the headwaters so higher elevation than the campground maybe but could very well be the CG area @10400' elevation
Columbus Basin (west of Durango in the La Platas) 81 inches @10785' elevation

Problem has been well not a problem if you live here for water is the late snowstorms we got and the cool weather only within the last week have nights been above freezing at elevation and even then low-mid 30's and daytime highs in the 40's and 50's so melt off is going slower than normal this year.


Good thing the current plan is to go in August. General rule of thumb for the trail is for the southern half no snow on the trail 3 weeks after Red Mountain is 0


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People ask about all kinds of roads on the forum. The vast majority of them are easy and nothing to worry about. This is the best example of a road that some people are not going to be comfortable on.

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sorry about the url length, appreciate the fix, I did notice it was pretty long but did not go back and see the post after I hit the reply button
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BarryG20 wrote:

sorry about the url length, appreciate the fix, I did notice it was pretty long but did not go back and see the post after I hit the reply button
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