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Old Today, 06:23 AM   #1
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Scofield Pass

I'm considering riding Scofield pass soon. I flew over it the other day, and it's still snow-free. I'll be coming out from the Front Range. I'm considering a few different options for how to do this, and looking for input from anyone who has ridden it. I've done some reading online, but still don't have a clear sense as to the difficulty.

Option 1: Ride my big bike (Modified Cagiva Elefant 900) out from Boulder on Michelin Anakees, and take it over the pass.

Option 2: Put my off-road wheels (with Dunlop 606s) on the big bike, take it to Aspen in a truck, then ride the pass.

Option 3: Take my small bike (XR400R) to Aspen in the truck, and ride the pass.

For reference, I can very, very comfortably ride the big bike on Bunce School Road type stuff, have ridden it two-up on Coney Flats, which was fine, though a lot more work, and could ride it over Kingston, though that's probably near the edge of what's reasonable, given the loose rocks and grade.
I'm having a hard time figuring out where Scofield fits in this spectrum, so hoping someone here knows.

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Old Today, 06:32 AM   #2
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Very rocky and loose in spots....best done on your XR me thinks...it's not super technical, but it is enough that I wouldn't want to ride the bigger bike, if I had to choose. It could be done, but it would actually be FUN on the smaller bike, and prolly more like work on the biggie....HTH!!
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Old Today, 07:06 AM   #3
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The Devils punch bowl will get ur attention for sure

I would take the light bike, BUT if u are going to take the big bike, start in crested butte, at least then most of the technical stuff will be downhill

hope that helps


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Old Today, 08:00 AM   #4
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If you want to do an out and back you'll need the 400. If you want to do a big loop take the Cagiva.
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Old Today, 08:12 AM   #5
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is Hagerman Pass too far to make a nice loop there?
are all the other passes in the area snow free?
i might consider end of the season Sat-Sun ride there with light camping or staying at some cheap lodging.
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Old Today, 08:21 AM   #6
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Schofield DPB

I rode Schofield up hill years back on a WR-400. Wasn't overly difficult,it was rocky and somewhat exposed above the PunchBowl. Remembering that experience, I rode (PLOWED) my Triumph 1200 Explorer downhill this summer. I felt like I was dancing with a three-legged elephant on a cliff. I never remembered so many baby-heads and they all seemed to want to divert the pig over the edge. That trip was not as pleasant as the first. Rewarding (Yes) Fun (No) Moral of story: Much easier and fun factor increased on smaller/lighter more nimble displacement. YMMV.

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Old Today, 03:55 PM   #7
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So the consensus is leaning towards a smaller, lighter bike, with a smaller-displacement engine. Hmmm....maybe I'll throw my CT-70 (with 125 engine) in the plane, land at the Marble airstrip, and take that up the pass! Can't get any less intimidating, ride-wise...

Hey, maybe we can revive the CT ride idea with this. It's a worthy goal!
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Old Today, 06:28 PM   #8
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Schofield road right above the Devil's Punchbowl.






And a short ways below the Punchbowl.





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