Pearl Pass is the most spectacular trail I have ever ridden. Though I have said I thought other trails were
the most beautiful I have ever seen I really mean it on this one. I even
like this trail better than the trails in Moab.
Though the entire trail is beautiful, it is breath taking when you round the corner at the
top of the pass and see Montezuma Basin for the first time. 14,265 Castle Peak is in the back ground.
I am nearly ashamed to place these pictures on this web site since they really do no justice to
how beautiful this area actually is. As you can see in the picture, the entire time you are in the basin you are
riding on Telis Slopes (huge bolder fields).
Though this trail is only open a few weeks a year due to snow blocking the trail there are many people
using it. We saw a few Jeeps, one ATV,
five or six motorcycles and many mountain bikers.
The views coming up to the pass are also beautiful, so plan to bring a camera with plenty of film. Since
the trail connects Crested Butte with Aspen you can buy more film in Aspen if you run out.
As you leave the Crested Butte area the trial starts as an easy dirt road but quickly becomes one of
the most difficult rated 4-wheeldrive roads in all of Colorado. The only real problem we had
was our bikes lost much needed
horse power as the trail got higher and rougher.
We connected this trail with Taylor Pass and Italian Creek Road to make a loop of about 90 miles. To
ride the loop as we did you will have to be street legal because there are a few miles of asphalt you must ride on.
The pass is ok for ATVs.
Not only are there many miles of two track jeep roads in this area, but there are also over
200 miles of single track for Dirt Bike, Mountain Bikes and Hikers called Cement Creek. The Cement Creek area is not open for use by jeeps and
Directions: Drive south from Crested Butte for 2 miles and turn left at the Crested Butte Country Club
sign, this will change into Brush Creek Road FR738. Follow the main road for a short ways and it will give way to a gravel road. The way to Pearl Pass will be clearly
marked. There is a camping area a little ways from were the last picture was taken. You will see it on the right just before
you cross a creek and can be easily reached by any car or truck.