Trailridge Runners 4WD Club
Schofield Pass Trip
by Betty Botts, photos by Betty Botts
September 2003
Our trip began in Redstone where nine vehicles, mostly jeeps, gathered to begin a day of jeeping. We stopped at several waterfalls on the way to Marble, CO. Several of our group hiked up to the Marble quarry and some others walked around the area viewing the huge chunks of marble and eating lunch. Then on to the well known power plant at Crystal, CO where many photos were taken and memories stored as we viewed this beautiful piece of history.

When we were fully satiated with the beauty we started for Schofield Pass, our destination of the day. A Chevy truck blocked our way at one of the steepest points of the trail. He had lost his 4 wheel drive power. We were able to get around him only to be blocked by a huge rock in the middle of the trail. Everyone made it with more or less difficulty. A narrow bridge and many shelf road opportunities greeted us as we went onward. (This is no trip for the flat-lander!) The scenery was gorgeous and the helpful attitude of the more experienced jeepers made this a fine trip for everyone.

When we reached the summit of Schofield Pass, I sighed a breath of relief, as this was the most difficult trip I have driven. Going down toward Gothic was a pleasure, easy with beautiful scenery. Gothic seems to be being rebuilt and a biologic study area is located there. On toward Crested Butte and dinner. Bill suggested a Mexican restaurant on the main drag and we got there amidst a festival, parade, and hundreds of hungry people. After two hours of waiting and nursing our drinks, many of us left to seek sustenance elsewhere.

The next day Pearl Pass was attempted by several of the group. Others went over Slate River Road or just on to Gunnison. The Pearl Pass Road was snow packed near the top so the group had to turn around and come down. Slate River road is considered easy by Charles Wells in his book, and that is because there are no huge rocks; it is a shelf road a lot of the way and narrow in many spots. It is enough to give you the sense that you were on a jeep road and the beauty, especially at Paradise Basin is spectacular. This was and enjoyable weekend.

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