Peak:  Mt. Owen B (13er)
 Route:  Green Lake
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  13erRetriever
 Date of Info:  08/02/2019
 Date Posted:  08/02/2019

The road up to Green Lake has been closed by the private landowner beneath the lake, making access to Owen B from that route questionable. Apparently the issue is in slow litigation now over the disputed public nature of the road and has been for two years. Why it's taking the County and FS so long to establish that the road has been in use by the public for decades is beyond me, but hikers be warned for the time being. The gate is at about 10,600 ft. and the owner has a camera on it. I had planned on making a quick go of Owen last weekend on my way back to Denver from Montrose but turned my jeep around when I found the way blocked. Pissed is an understatement. I think there are still alternative ways to get up Owen without using the road, (particularly by summiting and re-summiting Ruby, maybe also possible by Scarp Ridge?) but this will take more homework on my end and I wasn't prepared to head out on a route I hadn't researched. Research the status of this issue before you head out to Owen via the road anytime in the next few years.

Note: The patchwork of public/private land at Lake Irwin is also a shitshow. I respect private property that is actually private and marked, but the landowners around the lake make it very well known that you are not welcome to join in or be near their trust-funded public land-surrounded paradise, even though County roads service the area and the lake itself (and much of the area around it) is public. It makes me sick that these landowners have made us feel unwelcome on our own public lands (i.e. closing off a PUBLIC road, "slow" signs with a "f*** off" slogan hat in several lots), and treat the area as if they own it and we have no right to use it. I hate to let them win, but do yourself a favor and go down to the San Juans and skip this area (and Crested Butte in general) if you want to avoid this elitist attitude and actually enjoy yourself on the public lands that we ALL own and have a right to use. Point made. Rant over.

Comments or Questions
Private property
08/03/2019 17:03
I went over Ruby like you mentioned on the 29th and over to Owen, then down thru the private property back to the lake since I wanted to do a loop (unaware it was private when I went through it until the very end). The first sign I saw was "NO TRESPASSING - I OWN FIREARMS AND A BACKHOE". unnerving to say the least. Going up and over Ruby is a good option for those wanting to go over to Owen.

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