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    Shrine pass road near Vail?

    My map shows gates on each end of this road. Are these just seasonal closure gates? How is the road itself, passable to passenger cars or is higher clearance required?

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    I've passed it with an Eclipse, even did a bit of off-road. It gets a bit bumpy on the west side into Minturn, but you should be fine.
    Unless something has changed, the gates are seasonal.

    Good camping up yonder, by the way.
    However, 2 Elks is closed until July 1st for Elk Calving....

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    No problem.

    I did it in a rented Nissan Altima once.

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    Thanks.
    Part deux. Is Shrine pass rd the best way to get from Minturn to Commando?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moustache rider
    Thanks.
    Part deux. Is Shrine pass rd the best way to get from Minturn to Commando?
    Depends.

    Do you have a shuttle back? Riding up the Vail bike path sucks. Also, are you doing Commando or Two Elk? You could always take the lift up from Vail or ride up the service road. If you are ding Two Elk, park at Vail Pass and ride in to Bowman's Shortcut then to Two Elk and down to Minturn. No need to take a car back there. You still need a ride back from Minturn.

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    Planning to do a shuttled ride starting south end of Bowmans at Shrine pass, up to two Elk pass, Then down two Elk to Minturn.
    It appears the names Bowmans Shortcut and Commando Run are used interchangeably by different sources. Don't know if this is correct?

    Just wondering what is the faster shuttle. Shrine pass road or stick with 24 to I-70.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moustache rider
    Planning to do a shuttled ride starting south end of Bowmans at Shrine pass, up to two Elk pass, Then down two Elk to Minturn.
    It appears the names Bowmans Shortcut and Commando Run are used interchangeably by different sources. Don't know if this is correct?

    Just wondering what is the faster shuttle. Shrine pass road or stick with 24 to I-70.

    If you are going to climb Bowman's, then you might as well start from the visitor center on 70 and Vail Pass. No sense in taking the car off road if you don't have to. Unless, you have a non-rider with you that wants to hike up the Shrine Pass trail.

    No sure about the naming. I've always known it as Bowman's to Two Elk and thought Commando Run was accessed from the ski area.

    Your best shuttle option using two vehicles is to drop one car down in Minturn at 24 and the rail road tracks (about 2 miles from the center of town). Then drive the other car back to 70 and the visitor center.

    If there are three people, leave one person and the bikes at the start and leave the bike carrying car down at the bottom so you don't have to make a return trip to Minturn.

    Taking Shrine Pass Road all the way down into Minturn will significantly add to your shuttle time not too mention the unnecessary wear on the car.

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    Thanks yappy little dog.
    Crazy chicken, you were also sort of helpful.

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    Bowmans cutoff is the official name of the summer trail that is more or less used in the winter to do part of what is referred to as the Comando Run' ski tour. All time classic ski tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm
    Bowmans cutoff is the official name of the summer trail that is more or less used in the winter to do part of what is referred to as the Comando Run' ski tour. All time classic ski tour.
    some of the area's best chamois-optional biking and pretty good skiing to boot!
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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