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Old 04-17-2013, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by proveick View Post
From the 70's.
I remember when the Warn photo came out in one of their ads in the 1970's. It was NOT taken on Black Bear--but supposedly somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, though many people believe the photo was actually retouched.
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Old 05-20-2014, 03:13 PM
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Just thought I would post an update on this thread since it's almost that time of year again.

Black Bear Pass is very doable in any 4WD vehicle. The views are some of the most amazing in the state. Extreme caution is obviously important, but I lead a group of full size Toyota Land Cruisers on the trail each year and our vehicles are much bigger than Jeep Wranglers. The trail SHOULD scare you a little. If it doesn't, you're over confident and that's when things become dangerous.

Here is a video I made of last years event. Trails in the video include: Black Bear, Ophir, Imogene, Poughkeepsie Gulch, Last Dollar Rd, Owl Creek Pass, California Gulch and Clear Lake. With the exception of Poughkeepsie, any one of these trails can be run in a mostly stock, high clearance 4WD vehicle. Experience traveling offroad certainly helps.

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Old 05-20-2014, 04:27 PM
Location: Pikes Peak Region
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Nice video. I do love a good jaunt over Black Bear and you make an excellent point; if you don't be careful and aren't respectful and fearful of the road, you shouldn't be on it.

I have always held the opinion that jeep trails in Colorado should be rated like ski trails. Go by the colored diamond system. Your driving skills should match your ability to handle the routes. It might make the person trying to navigate Schofield Pass in an RV think twice. Yes, I've seen that. However, I was once the college kid that took a Toyota Corrola over Engineer Pass into Ouray from the Lake City side. I'm not saying it would be a perfect system but it might deter idiots that are in over their head.
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:00 PM
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Great video! Thanks for the vicarious adventure.
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