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Unread 08-12-2012, 09:41 AM   #16
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Great pics as always my friend. I'm glad you were able to get out there this year. There's just something about the high mountain passes that is so peaceful and relaxing.

While I love wheeling in Moab, the San Juans of Colorado will always be a special place for me.

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Unread 08-12-2012, 08:15 PM   #17
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Awesome report and looked like some great relaxing trials thanks for sharing

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Unread 08-16-2012, 07:11 AM   #18
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I so want to do a trip like this. Nice report.....makes me hate Illinois just a bit more.
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Unread 08-17-2012, 09:05 PM   #19
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Great report. Any spots you had issues with, as far as what your wrangler could do?

Any spots you think a wk2 would have trouble with?

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Unread 08-18-2012, 08:32 AM   #20
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^Thanks!

As far as going to the Alpine Tunnel, you can get there by Hancock Pass or from Pitkin (from Gunnison). I'd like to go back to that area, and next time, I want to have a small trailer for camping gear. I'll probably reach it by Pitkin. Hancock Pass has a lot of lose rock and is rough, but no large rocks. As long as you have four-wheel low you can get over Hancock Pass. At the top of the pass when I was there, a couple guys with a stock full size pickup where up there.

As far as Tincup, the north side has larger rocks and is also rough. The south side seems to be how most people get to the top. It has less rocks and as I mentioned has a lot of ruts from spring run-off.

Mount Zion was simply a matter of having four-wheel low and a dry trail to get to the top. (I loved this trail!)

All of the trails I ran were not rated higher then 4 out of 10 by traildamage.com. I wouldn't be comfortable going too much higher since I'm always on my own. There are usually other four-wheel drives on these trails (mostly ATVs actually), but I don't want to push getting stuck or breaking something. I do have a winch, but up above tree line there isn't much to winch too.

This morning I climbed under the Jeep and gave it a close look. My new transmission cooler, the sensor wires were damp with transmission fluid, but other then that, I didn't break anything.

I would think your WK2 would do fine.
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Unread 08-19-2012, 03:00 PM   #21
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Thanks for the great pics.
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Unread 08-20-2012, 05:26 AM   #22
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Colorado is one of the best trips I have ever been on. We spent a week camping and hiking at Snowmass Mountain and it was the most beautiful place I have ever been too. Thanks for posting up the picks, it makes me really want to go back there! of course if I go back, Georgia may never see me again!
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Unread 08-23-2012, 08:52 PM   #23
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Great pics Grogie...The first part of your trip, well really up to Frisco, my wife and I ran the exact same trails last summer...it was beautiful and we loved it
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Unread 08-29-2012, 08:29 AM   #24
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Awesome thanks for taking the time to share!!
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Unread 09-01-2012, 09:35 PM   #25
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Could not have said it better myself.
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Unread 09-12-2012, 04:41 PM   #26
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Awesome Pictures...can hardly wait for the next trip, nice thing about Colorado is you don't ever have to go to the same place twice, there are too many of them.....................
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Unread 09-12-2012, 07:54 PM   #27
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That was a great write up and pictures. I also love going to Colorado. I am planning on going every year if at all possible.
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Unread 09-13-2012, 08:15 AM   #28
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Thanks for sharing. I did a road trip around UT, CO, WY, ID, and MT a couple summers ago and it cemented my decision to move to CO this coming spring to look for teaching positions.
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Unread 10-01-2012, 10:16 PM   #29
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Loved reading this and the pics. Planning a trip, and you've helped us pick out some spots. Thanks!
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Unread 10-23-2012, 07:55 PM   #30
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Thanks for sharing. My brother and I drove his jeep from Charleston, SC to LA when he moved out there and I wish we could have done a trail like this along the way. Skiing Vail wasn't a bad consolation though!
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