Pearl Pass

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5/5 (52 reviews)
Aspen, Colorado (Pitkin County)
Last Updated: 11/22/2023
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Located just south of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Pearl Pass is a high alpine off-road trail between Aspen and Crested Butte.  The trail has a variety of different terrain, from grassy hillsides and water crossings to coarse rock fields and towering mountains.  This extremely rugged mountain pass will amaze you while traveling in some of the most remote terrain in the state, taking in incredible views as you cross the Continental Divide at 12,705 feet.  Snow can linger very late into the summer, and some years this pass doesn't fully open due to snow blockage.


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5/5 (52)
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150500
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/23/2023

This trail is now under official seasonal closure to wheeled vehicles, beginning 11/23.
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Impassable
Visited: 10/29/2023

Snow has made the trail impassable
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/30/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Ran from Aspen to CB in 21 Bronco with stock 35s and a modified Gladiator Rubicon on 37s. We thoroughly enjoyed the variety of terrain, “obstacles”, and the views were amazing!
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/27/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Beautiful day on the trail. Went Aspen to CB, leaves were amazing and no traffic. Trail was in great shape. Watch for cows on south end in the valley!
Trail Review: Pearl Pass - Jeff Jansick
Trail Review: Pearl Pass - Jeff Jansick
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Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/27/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

This was my first time heading from CB to Aspen on this trail. This is my favorite trail in the Elk Mountains. There is some evidence of trail beautification on the Aspen side which I suspect is the work of the Mayor of Pearl Pass. =)
Trail Review: Pearl Pass - Brian Schaefer
Trail Review: Pearl Pass - Brian Schaefer
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