Kebler Pass System Snowmobiling
The MOST popular snowmobile trail in Colorado.
Monday 8 August 2016 03:47 GMT
North of Gunnison and west of Crested Butte, the Kebler Pass area is a snowmobiliers heaven with 55 miles of groomed routes. Known for consistent deep snow, the roads around the pass are closed in the winter and are groomed for snowmobiling. Watch out for cross country skiers on the roads though.
There are two snowmobiling trailheads for the Kebler Pass System. From Crested Butte, the Kebler Trailhead is about 3 miles west of town up Kebler Pass Road (CR12) -- the plowed road ends here. From Gunnison, the Ohio Pass Trailhead is up Ohio Pass Road (CR730).
From either snowmobiling trailhead, its an easy five mile ride to the Kebler Pass area with deep powder meadows and small hill climbs.
Heading north from the Y just east of Kebler Pass leads up to Irwin Lake. About one mile past the lake is the playground with rolling hills and powder stashes under the Ruby Range.
East of the Y about a mile is the Splains Gulch trail. This a locals favorite for powder. The route runs between Mt Axtell and the Anthracites.
Heading west over Kebler Pass leads to Lost Lake. Its about 8 miles from Kebler Pass to the Lost Lake trail. This is a long difficult ride.
This region is known for frequent avalanches. Use caution when heading off main roads.
All snowmobiles operating on federal lands within Colorado including the Kebler Pass System are required to be registered with Colorado State Parks. This registration permit is available at most National Forest ranger offices and at some chamber of commerce offices. It is highly recommended to purchase the $3 annual Colorado Search And Rescue Card (CORSAR) prior to snowmobiling to help reimburse local search teams should they be needed.
Overall, Kebler Pass System is the 1st most popular snowmobile trail of all 24 snowmobiling rides in Colorado.