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Unread 08-08-2005, 09:16 PM   #1
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San Juans/Buena Vista/Leadville, CO 7/23-8/1/05

We started out the trip with a leisurely stroll through Animas Forks under suicide grey skies that intermittently showered upon us









The sun did break out eventually as we continued on over the pass from Hurricane to Picayune Gulch







Then we started up blackbear to see a section that we had not been to in the past, just after the start of the ascent we turned off to the left and found a beautiful waterfall and a lake at the top of a short hike




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Unread 08-08-2005, 10:00 PM   #2
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Here you go, awesome pics by the way.

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We started out the trip with a leisurely stroll through Animas Forks under suicide grey skies that intermittently showered upon us









The sun did break out eventually as we continued on over the pass from Hurricane to Picayune Gulch





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Unread 08-08-2005, 10:04 PM   #3
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Day Two was Ophir Pass to Alta

We stayed at the S. Mineral Creek campground, a national forest campground with primitive spots and old fashioned (read - No running water) outhouses. While the amenities were missed, the solitude of the place is humbling although it is easily accessible from a well maintained gravel county road.



Easy access to the 4WD trails off of the million dollar highway (#550) as well as east of the active town of Silverton,CO. make this one of my favorite spots to wheel, Trails leading to Highways 149 and 145.

Day 2 and we crossed over Ophir pass to Highway 145







and then took the Alta road up to Alta Lakes where we found a picturesque setting for a picnic lunch



This road was rated a 2 of 10 for difficulty, and except for a short jaunt from the lower to upper Alta Lakes we were able to negotiate this trail in 2WD. In fact Jen (with no off-road experience) drove us back,



The wildflowers were beautiful up there






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There you go chris, you'll get to 50 post soon. Man, thats some beautiful country.

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We stayed at the S. Mineral Creek campground, a national forest campground with primitive spots and old fashioned (read - No running water) outhouses. While the amenities were missed, the solitude of the place is humbling although it is easily accessible from a well maintained gravel county road.



Easy access to the 4WD trails off of the million dollar highway as well as east of the active town of Silverton,CO. make this one of my favorite spots to wheel, Trails leading to Highways 149 and 145.

Day 2 and we crossed over Ophir pass to Highway 145







and then took the Alta road up to Alta Lakes where we found a picturesque setting for a picnic lunch



This road was rated a 2 of 10 for difficulty, and except for a short jaunt from the lower to upper Alta Lakes we were able to negotiate this trail in 2WD. In fact Jen (with no off-road experience) drove us back,



The wildflowers were beautiful up there





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Unread 08-09-2005, 05:34 AM   #5
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Thanks much slimP, more photos are up here
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Beautiful place to cruise! Love the pics!
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Thanks for the pics....very nice

Someone ought to take note that these Jeeps are pretty dang stock... and they're having serious fun. Who would have thought? Being on the trail with some friends is far more interesting than drinking...er wrenching... in the garage. Although the latter has its merits.

ANYWAY, thanks for sharing amigo.

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I want to go back!

Great pics. Did you do Black Bear or Poughkeepsie? I was out there a few weeks back with a group of Rubis. Awsome landscape that even best photographer can not capture.

Here is a like to the photos I took while on my trip.
http://photobucket.com/albums/v233/8...t=DSCF0001.jpg
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Pics look really good, nice and clear. Beutiful area of the country.
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I want to go back!

Great pics. Did you do Black Bear or Poughkeepsie? I was out there a few weeks back with a group of Rubis. Awsome landscape that even best photographer can not capture.

Here is a like to the photos I took while on my trip.
http://photobucket.com/albums/v233/8...t=DSCF0001.jpg
I'd be interested in hearing the answer to this question myself. We were there the week before you. Black Bear and Imogene were still snowed in. We were able to make the summit of Black Bear, but couldn't take the switchbacks into Telluride.

I couldn't get over how lush everything was. There were waterfalls and flowers everywhere.

Clear Lake was also well worth the drive. Like Ophir Pass, it's easy, but the scenery makes it worth the drive.
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