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Old 08-25-2005   #11
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How is the road to Crystal City and the mill?

I will be up that way over Memorial Day weekend and am thinking about heading up there.

I will have an OK 4WD vehicle (not taking the Jeep) and will have my wife and 18 month old daughter.

Easy dirt road type or rock crawling slow going?

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Old 08-25-2005   #12
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i wouldnt recommend anything else than a jeep past crystal city...maybe a willys. the road from marble to crystal city isnt too bad but the road from crystal city to schofield park is extremely narrow, loose, and rugged. it gets really steep right out of marble, evens out a little bit by lizard lake, then gets rough until crystal city. just go slow and youll be alright. the other problem is you might not get access at memorial day. even if it was an average snow year the snow stays late in the upper crystal valley, and it might not be until july before the road opens.

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Old 08-25-2005   #13
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I meant Labor day, not memorial day...oops.

I just want to head up and see the mill.

I looked online and the road from Marble to crystal city seems OK for a stock vehicle. I don't plan on going past it. That would be a bad, bad, bad idea with the kid and all.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-25-2005   #14
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it can be done in a stock vehicle, if its got high clearence and low gear....its nowhere near what the devils punchbowl road is like, but dont underestimate it. its still a rugged road. anywhere else and it would be very noteworthy, but because of where it is people often underestimate it. just use caution
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Old 08-26-2005   #15
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The road to crystal is pretty chill. You shouldn't have a problem in a stock truck. It is rough and slow though. Plan on almost 45 min to an hour to get there from marble. I just put it in low and creep to minimize vehicle abuse (mostly loose rock crawling). Your biggest problem will be passing other vehicles due to heavy traffic. I would imagine that area would get packed with ATVs, motorcycles, jeeps and occasional hard core sedan drivers on Labor Day. Be prepared to pull over or back up every 5 min or so. Going to Led King basin would be a good alternative. The road is smoother and the views are better. You can check out the NF also. Maybe mountain bike down it. My opinion, crystal mill falls is kind of whatever. The road gets real rough at, and after, the NF section (between the NF run and town of Crystal). A stock truck can due the loop (I did it with a fully loaded Tundra extra cab), but it might get a little sketchy with the spud in the back and all. There are a couple of places that made me very uncomfortable.

Enjoy, its one of the coolest places in CO.
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With boats getting shorter and shorter, what might be needed is a kayak carrier on a dirt bike.

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