This route runs from Marble to Crested Butte over Schofield Pass. The Crystal Mill, on the western side, draws tourists by the thousands. The mill is one of the most photographed structures in Colorado. The big draw for 4-wheelers, however, is the trip through Crystal Canyon, featuring spectacular Devil’s Punchbowl, a deep pool of water below a dramatic waterfall. Scenery along the entire trip is unsurpassed. Many historical features. Open seasonally May 21-Nov. 22 after Wpt. 03.
Submitted by NoGasWelcomeAboard
Due to heavy snow this past Winter, trail was blocked by snow about 300’ to the East of what OnX calls “Devils Punchbowl West End”, where deep icy snow covered the entire trail. Backtracking required a multi-point turnaround, because reversing up the prior descent grade into the first “bowl” would’ve been dicey. The turnaround was only possible with 2Dr short wheelbase. Spotter a must due to narrow trail & steep drop off on riverside. Suspect it will be passable within several days and may try again then.
Submitted by Robert
Found that the difficult obstacle seen on many Youtube videos is gone. Without the obstacle, the trail was not that difficult. The hardest spot was a tight squeeze between two boulders near the top of the canyon.