- Area Information
Location: Near Crystal.
GhostTowns.com Description: Schofield was a small town at the top of the main pass from the Gunnison/Crested Butte area over to the Crystal/Marble/Redstone area. There is nothing left of the town. At one point General Grant rode into town on a white mule but a barrel of whiskey was roled out which sufficed. A mill was built in 1881 and at its height it had a hotel, restaurant, post office, store, carpenter, blacksmith, barber and daily mail service. By 1885 the ores played out and the town was no more. Today, the main attraction is Schofield pass which according the signs coming from the Crystal/Marble side is only passable by bicycle or ATV. Schofield pass is known as the most deadly pass in Colorado and for good reason. More information and images can be found here.
Schofield Pass is a high mountain pass located near Crested Butte CO and is one of the most popular ways to get to Snowmass Mountain.
Schofield Pass is the high point on Gothic Road which connects the towns of Marble and Crested Butte. Unless Gothic Road has been improved within the last several years [doubtful] there are some treacherous sections, not for the faint-of-heart nor for long wheelbase vehicles. Do not be lulled into complacency by "casual" and beautiful sections that ultimately lead you into the upper reaches of the Crystal River gorge. Avoid committing your vehicle to what is in front of you until you are sure of what you are getting into because things could get worse.
It is closed except for 1 to 2 months in late summer due to snow or mud.
Parking is available in the town of Crystal, and 4WD-high clearance trucks can continue 2 miles (with a left at the fork) to the trailhead at 9700 feet. Accessible only by high-clearance 4-wheel-drive trucks.
Two miles from the trailhead, you reach spectacular Geneva Lake.