Hey all I'm ready to test my gear and physical ability when would be a good time to do a long weekend that will simulate Aug/Sept weather? I'm wanting to head to the Gunnison area around Paonia Co.
Now is a good time. The weather is unpredictable in the high country and the nights are cold. To give you an idea, last Saturday it was in the high 70's to low 80's where my wife and I were hiking between 9,000 and 11,700'. Sunday morning I had to break 1/4 inch of ice to get water from a creek that was clear the night before, and by Sunday night it was snowing.
If CO we had no snow this year. I've been up high with no access issues already. So unless your trail is in a shaded valley you should have no access issues. Depending on where you're going I've actually had good luck with the local ranger or forest service when looking to get trail condition info. I guess it varies by district.