Schofield Pass

5/5 (36 reviews)
Marble, Colorado (Gunnison County)
Last Updated: 07/31/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Schofield Pass is one of Colorado's most notable four-wheel drive roads. Situated between Crested Butte and Marble, Schofield Pass Road features granite mountain peaks, expansive meadows, dense forests, wildlife, wildflowers, and the ice-cold Crystal River. It connects numerous other popular roads and trails (Paradise Divide, Lead King Basin, and the Crystal City Trail), not to mention the historic mountain towns and their unique attractions. Make a point to include Schofield Pass among your must-see summer four-wheeling destinations.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Schofield Pass is an iconic 4WD road featuring rock, water crossings, and the infamous shelf road segment through Crystal Canyon known as the Devil's Punchbowl. From the southeastern trailhead (intersection of Gothic Road and Slate River Road), the road travels through an enormous meadow (Schofield Park) which transitions to pine forest as it descends toward Crystal Canyon. Where the road enters the canyon (aka Devil's Punchbowl) the terrain becomes very rocky with much fewer trees. The road is perched atop a narrow shelf that parallels the Crystal River. Sometimes the road is merely 10 feet above the river, elsewhere it is 300 feet, but always a perilous steep grade. Beyond the Devil's Punchbowl, the road and river diverge. The road re-enters the forest canopy and soon merges with the Crystal City Trail at the eastern trailhead to Lead King Basin, roughly one-half mile east of Crystal. Notes on SEASONAL CLOSURE: Schofield Pass (FS Road 317 in the Gunnison National Forest) closes seasonally February 28th to July 1st each year. The seasonal designated closure is from the village of Gothic north to the boundary with White River National Forest. See the latest published MVUM (2016) online here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd514897.pdf Schofield Pass (FS Road 314 in the White River National Forest) closes November 22nd to May 21st each year from Mile Post 8.1 (at the intersection of FS Road 315, Lead King Basin) south/southeast to Mile Post 17.3 (boundary with Gunnison National Forest). See the latest published MVUM (2017) here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd506000.pdf
Narrow shelf road within the Devil's Punchbowl segment, with few places to allow traffic to pass. Remember: UPHILL has the right of way. Narrow corridor of pin-stripe willows between Waypoint 4 and Waypoint 5.

Trail Reviews

5/5 (36 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Amazing trail we did it from marble to CB. We were inLifted land cruiser and got stuck on the main obstacle. Friendly jeep help be our anchor and we were out in no time. Trail was wet so it added a bit of difficulty heading up.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran the trail from Crystal to near the parking lot at the top, then camped for the night. It was dark when I went over the rock obstacle at waypoint 5 - had to reposition a few times to get the right line. I concur with Ryan's 7/31 review - the obstacle has more debris on it than shown in the trail images. There was an additional obstacle that I had to reposition on between waypoints 5 and 6, but that's probably due to the fact that I was running at night, uphill, after light rain, without a spotter. Overall a beautiful trail that I highly recommend running during the daytime! Pics of waterfalls running, near waypoint 4. This was after a rainstorm earlier in the day, so this may not be representative of current water flows. Had no issues with any of the stream crossings.
Trail Review: Schofield Pass - Cameron Graves
Trail Review: Schofield Pass - Cameron Graves
Ryan Boudreau
Official Crew
76550
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/31/2022

The big rocks in the aforementioned reports about the rock slide, have been cleared and the trail is finally open end to end for the year. Be advised, the rock slide areas do still have some debris on them that will require higher clearance then the rest of the trail, at least until these piles get beat down a bit by traffic.
Trail Review: Schofield Pass - Ryan Boudreau
Trail Review: Schofield Pass - Ryan Boudreau
Status: Impassable
Visited: 07/20/2022

Still impassable as of 7/19. Rock slide in the Punchbowl area with some fresh debris from recent rains.
Trail Review: Schofield Pass - Chris
Trail Review: Schofield Pass - Chris
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Ryan Boudreau
Official Crew
76550
Status: Impassable
Visited: 07/08/2022

snow bridge still blocking the trail below the punchbowl.

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