Schofield Pass (Colorado)

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Schofield Pass
Schofield Pass is located in Colorado
Schofield Pass
Schofield Pass
Location in Colorado
Elevation10,707 ft (3,263 m)[1]
Traversed byUnimproved road
LocationGunnison County, Colorado, U.S.
RangeSawatch Range
Coordinates39°00′54″N 107°02′48″W / 39.01500°N 107.04667°W / 39.01500; -107.04667Coordinates: 39°00′54″N 107°02′48″W / 39.01500°N 107.04667°W / 39.01500; -107.04667[1]
Topo mapUSGS Snowmass Mountain

Schofield Pass, elevation 10,707 ft (3,263 m), is a mountain pass in the Elk Mountains of Colorado. The pass is the high point on Gothic Road, which connects the towns of Marble and Crested Butte. The pass is closed for most of the year due to snow or mud, and is open only for one or two months in late summer.

The road over the summit to the townsite of Schofield is suitable for a passenger car with moderate clearance if traveling from Crested Butte; however, between Schofield and the town of Crystal it becomes recommended for Jeeps and ATVs only as it descends into the Devil's Punchbowl Canyon and becomes an exposed, narrow, rocky shelf road. From the northwest, high clearance vehicles can make it from Marble to Crystal via two routes.

The pass has claimed 12 lives to date.

Schofield Pass was named for B. F. Schofield, a silver miner.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Schofield Pass". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2013-07-07.
  2. ^ Dziezynski, James (1 August 2012). Best Summit Hikes in Colorado: An Opinionated Guide to 50+ Ascents of Classic and Little-Known Peaks from 8,144 to 14,433 Feet. Wilderness Press. p. 239. ISBN 978-0-89997-713-3.