Alpine Loop in October?

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by KrustyKustom, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. KrustyKustom

    KrustyKustom Lets Go....

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    Anyone got a feel for what the Alpine loop around Silverton/Ouray would be like the first week of October? I figure is a toss up, weather changes over there so quick.

    Guessing mid 30s at night, mid to upper 50s days?

    Thought I would put a loop in the mix on my way to Moab...
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  2. ThePoeko

    ThePoeko Adventurer

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    I rode it the first week of Oct. last year and it was gorgeous, but as you suggested, the weather is very unpredictable. I'd say your chances for nice weather are pretty good though. I wouldn't push much past the first week in Oct.

    We were riding a 3 day trip from the Denver area. Camped near the start of Engineer pass the first night, just a few miles out from Lake City. It was cold. Not sure what temp, but there was frost on the bikes in the morning. It was the perfect temp for riding during the day. No clue the actual temp, but we weren't at all hot or cold - perfect.
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  3. skier

    skier genius or insanity?

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    If its dry there's no problem, there would be some local hunter traffic below treeline. If its not dry, well, I've hiked parts of it in knee-deep snow before the 15th. Your temp assumptions are correct
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    One of the most beautiful trips I've had in CO took place during the first week of October. The fall colors were unbelieveable, and the weather was perfect...until the last night...October 8th if I remember correctly. It was a 4WD trip with my wife, and we did all the big, routine stuff...Imogene, Black Bear, Alpine Loop, etc. Perfect weather. The last night before we were leaving a huge snow event moved in while we were camped in Ouray. The day of our departure looked like the frozen arctic, but the sun was out and it was beautiful...snow everywhere. If we hadn't had 4WD, we would not have been able to make our way to Durango and then on to home that day. The locals told me that the snow could have easily been a week, 10 days, or even more days earlier before it finally fell in heaps on that October 8th. They also say you're treading on thin ice...no pun intended...just about anytime after Labor Day. You just never know. This year doesn't necessarily look like an early winter, but...

    It could be the trip of a lifetime. Just pay attention to weather forecast attempts...especially on a bike.
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  5. selaznog

    selaznog Avoiding pavement

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    OP, without a crystal ball, you are just going to wait and see if it will be fantastically great, or impassible with snow. Below are a few pics from the last week of September 2012, which was awesome IMHO.

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  6. KrustyKustom

    KrustyKustom Lets Go....

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    Earlier the better.. it will be a tossup as far as weather. Would like just one long day, would make the perfect complement to Moab.

    Thanks for sharing the photos,
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  7. wbbnm

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    We had planned to do the western TAT across there about Oct 8 a couple of years ago, but couldn't because of snow. Missed it by two days.
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  8. Dubl-A

    Dubl-A SuckerDucker

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    Completed the Alpine Loop 2nd week of August got hit with a blizzard up at Cinnomon Pass...SUCKED! Pack layers!
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  9. FatChance

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    It will be very nice unless it is not. :nod

    The monsoons are sticking around longer than usual this year, FWIW...
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  10. hook0924

    hook0924 Been here awhile

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    Farmers Almanac is predicting a cold winter but doesn't define the latitude. It tends to be above 40N

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  11. KrustyKustom

    KrustyKustom Lets Go....

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    The rain in western Colorado has been nuts in the last month..curious as to if it hangs around into fall/winter..
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  12. MountainsandRivers

    MountainsandRivers loves dirty things!

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    Who knows? I have had it so cold in July I couldn't pull the levers well, and t shirt weather in November. Rains have lasted longer, but does that mean when it lifts it will be nicer later into fall? Hopefully! I gave up and ran to Moab for the weekend to boat and be warm!
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