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Lake: Jenny Lake - IPWA

Rollins Pass East/Jenny Lake

Post By: Sissie86      Posted: 7/13/2015 7:34:14 AM     Points: 163    
Hello there,

My husband and I are looking to take the kids camping up at Jenny lake this weekend. I have searched everywhere I can think of for road conditions, and camping sites. I was able to find that camping sites are first come, first serve. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find much on current road conditions. I remember as a kid when my dad used to take us to Jenny the road didn't go all the way up to the lake, due to rock slides and we had to hike all the way into to Jenny. I have recently heard that the road is operational all the way to the top.

I have a 2 wheel drive diesel, truck and don't want to get stuck in the pass. Has anyone been up that way recently? How's the fishing? Any information would be great!!

Thank you!
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 7/13/2015 7:37:59 AM     Points: 30254    
I'm pretty sure Swigs went up there a couple weeks ago and made it ok.
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 7/13/2015 8:29:58 AM     Points: 380    
Call the forest ranger they know for sure.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 7/13/2015 9:54:43 AM     Points: 1816    
Check this site before heading up there in 2wd vehicle:
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Rethink that...
 Reply by: fishMA      Posted: 7/13/2015 10:44:23 AM     Points: 259    
There is a yurt cabin type of thing that can be accessed by foot from the pass or a trial that starts near eldora in Ned. The road is rough lots of big rocks but I went all the way to Jenny in a 84 subaru last year. Fishing should be good
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 7/13/2015 10:44:45 AM     Points: 48251    
FishingJunkie that part of the trail you linked is optional. You can get to jenny lake with out going up jenny trail. Just stay on Rollins pass road. Even with a 4x4 Jenny trail is tough. You really need and atv or modified jeep type vehicle. A stock 4x4 should expect slight body damage. On another note if you have the vehicle to do the trail its one of Colorado best trails in my option. Super fun driving up the river in the water.
 Reply by: Sissie86      Posted: 7/14/2015 12:20:49 PM     Points: 163    
How Narrow is the pass, the last time I was up there was about 9 years ago in a Subaru Brat. Which gave me plenty of "room" so to say.

Thank you all!!!
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 7/14/2015 2:58:50 PM     Points: 380    
Lots of room. Very bumpy...wanna shoot myself by the time I get down. Very nice up there though.
 Reply by: Sissie86      Posted: 7/21/2015 1:43:44 PM     Points: 163    
Update, we made it up Rollins Pass in a 2WD!!! It was a little difficult at times but it's doable as long as you know how to maneuver the road!

Thanks everyone for your help!

Fishing was great!!!
 Reply by: NativeCuttie      Posted: 7/21/2015 2:02:10 PM     Points: 380    
Glad you made it but just raising the caution. Can you make it if you navigate carefully and all over the road, yes. Would I want to put my 2wd vehicle through that wear and tear and possible damage? No.

On that note did you get any fishing in? Were rangers checking for licenses and ATV registration?
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 7/21/2015 2:57:21 PM     Points: 48251    
Glad you made it up. We're you fishing Jenny or Yankee doodle? I feel that 90 percent of the road are passable in 2wd as long as you take your time. The only part that gets real sketchy is the last couple hundred yards below Jenny.
 Reply by: fishMA      Posted: 7/21/2015 3:46:23 PM     Points: 259    
The real danger in being up there in a 2wd vehicle is the chance of bad weather a Strom can turn the road from doable to not in 20 mins
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 7/21/2015 6:05:39 PM     Points: 30254    
Believe it or not....I made it there in a 78 Buick the first time I went to Jenny. Ilost the tailpipe tho.

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