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Old 09-11-2012, 09:35 PM
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So, this trip we were wanting to try something new. Instead of a base camp that we had to drive back too every evening, we just camped out of the Jeeps. After doing this, this will be the way I do this trip from now on!

Jeep loaded, and ready to go. Normally, I would look like a family of Gypsy's moving across country!! This is about 30% of the gear I would bring on a typical base camp situation! Don't judge....I like comfort!! LOL!!

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Normally, there would be a ton of gear on the roof rack.....this was much nicer, and kinder to the wallet, as far as gas mileage was concerned!!



Heading south on HWY 115, towards Penrose:

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HWY 50, overlooking the Arkansas River valley:

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A shot of the Arkansas River between Cotopaxi and Canon City:

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Summit of Monarch Pass:

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Blue Mesa Reservoir....or at least what's left of it! We need a good snow pack this winter, or we are in for a horrible summer next year!!

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Starting up Engineer Pass from Lake City:

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Old 09-11-2012, 09:42 PM
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More shots along the way up Engineer Pass:

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We camped right below this cabin. There are literally tons of old structures up in this area of Colorado!

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Home for the night!

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This creek was 10' from our tents...NICE!!

So we thought....until going to bed. Then I realized....this damned creek is LOUD!! It wasn't as much a babbling brook, but more of a roaring river....at least that's what it sounded like from my tent!! Oh well....more whiskey!!



Getting packed up, and ready to go the next morning!

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More shots on our way over Engineer Pass:

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Old 09-12-2012, 06:33 AM
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No need for words....WOW!!

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Panoramic shot from the 1st summit of Engineer Pass:

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My XJ in it's natural habitat....LOL!!

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Engineer Pass Summit...the views from atop these high mountain passes are AMAZING!!

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Old 09-12-2012, 06:43 AM
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No need for text....Colorado's Beauty speaks for itself!!

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On the west side of Engineer, near Ouray. These deer got so close....I could have hunted them with a sharp stick!! There were 4 does, and 2 fawns in this group, but I didn't see any bucks....this one was the brave one of the group I suppose....or the stupid one....that can be a fine line at times!! LOL!!

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We did the Poughkeepsie Gulch trail...but took no pictures during the run. There were only 2 of us, and between winching (for someone else), driving, and potential thunderstorms...there wasn't time, or desire! This is not a trail to run in the wet, so we kept moving!!

Here is a link to a trail description, for anyone that is interested...

http://www.traildamage.com/trails/index.php?id=77

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Greg making his way out from Poughkeepsie:

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Lake Como, at the top end of Poughkeepsie Gulch....yes, the water is that blue!!

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What was the name of this summit again....? LOL, I think you can guess it, if you try real hard!

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A shot of the route we were taking down California Pass. For some reason I feel like I'm on top of the world up here!!


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A shot of Lake Como from the top of California Pass:

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There were boilers like this one all over the place up here!!

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Looking back on the east side of California Pass:

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Cinnamon Pass in the distance....and that's where we are headed!

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Like I said, there were old structures everywhere!!

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Old 09-12-2012, 11:58 AM
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Summit of Cinnamon Pass:

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Looking westward from the summit:

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Looking eastward from the summit:

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A rental Jeep JK making it's way down the west side of the pass:

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There used to be road that went up into this upper bowl area, but it has been closed....oh well, plenty of roads up here to check out!!

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More old mining structure:

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American Basin....I really want to check it out, but we were toast, and running low on daylight, so we opted to head on down Cinnamon Pass a bit, and find a campsite. I want to get back up here, and check this basin out....it looks stunning!!

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Whew....camp is set up....now, to the whiskey!!

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Home, sweet home!! Little did we know...we had reserved a room with a view!! LOL!!

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The views I was referring too:

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We stayed at this camp site for 2 nights. We needed a chill day too, so this was it!!

Getting back on the road after 2 nights, and heading down the rest of the pass, into Lake City.

This is a shot back up the road, towards where we had camped:

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Avalanche chute....stuff like this makes me realize how powerful they are!!

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Lake San Cristobal....and the reason for the name Lake City:

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What a cool little mountain town!! Tons of nice houses around the lake, and the whole area, really. Real estate has to be heavy dollars here....I can't see it being a poor Jeeper's hometown....so onward...coveting other people's realities!! LOL!!

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Obligatory ***** shot!!

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So, we went on into Gunnison from Lake City. This is where my partner peeled off to head home. I wanted to get at least one more night under the stars, so I opted to stay, and go into the back side of Taylor Park from Gunny.

Throughout the trip, I had been hearing some discomfort coming from under the hood, but it sounded like the power steering pump, whining due to hot fluid, so I didn't pay it too much attention. As I pulled into Gunny, it became more audible....and I was able to tell it was the idler pulley bearing telling me good bye!! Hello NAPA parts lady....please have my part!! :fingerscrossed:

They did, so I bought it, and went on about my business. I thought, no biggie, I'll swap it out if it goes out.....

Well, well, well....imagine that!! So there I was...in the middle of nowhere...kinda, with this little issue!! LOL!! I had already convinced myself that this would be a 15 minute fix....TOPS!! WRONG!! Note to self....make a lacing diagram DUMMY!! Since I didn't have one, it took a little over an hour to figure out how the damned thing went!! I would have bet the house I had whooped it on at least 2 occasions...NOT....DOH!!

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So, can you guys see the problem?? LOL!! FYI....these things are hot as poo when this happens....ask me how I know!! LOL!! This little issue makes me think I need to have an idler pulley in my spare parts! I would hate for one to fail back when I was truly in the middle of frackin nowhere!!

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Back to the trip....here are a bunch of shots of a mining camp, and a mine up in Taylor Park, off of Lily Pond Road:

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Where's Waldo??

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Anybody want to get your back country doo-doo on?? Here you go!! This was actually in completely useable shape....although I didn't need it at the time.

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The mine:

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More buildings around the area:

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I had never seen a hand hammered spike this size before. Seen some smaller, and some bigger, but none this size, so I had to take a picture of it! Pretty cool to think these guys built this place with handmade materials...not mass-produced stuff, like we use now.


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Home for the night:

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What a great camp site!! This was the nicest site of the trip!!

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The view from my living room....kinda ok, if you ask me!!:

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We had great weather all week....until the last night, go figure!! It started raining shortly after I hit the rack, and rained pretty much all night. I got up the next morning to clouds, and a little rain, and thought I was ready to head home. I took a few shots of Lily Pond, and the Collegiate Peaks in the background. The pond is covered in lily pads....so it's more than just a clever name!! LOL!!

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A shot eastward from the summit of Cottonwood Pass:

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I have been over Cottonwood more times than I care to count, but I had never been to Cottonwood Lake on the east side of the pass, so I had to go check it out on the way home...pretty nice!! There is some single track access from this side that I was unaware of....I may have to get the dirt bike over here someday! Taylor is a great place to ride quality motorcycle single track trails!!



A shot of some mountains off of HWY 24 looking north. The valley leading up too it merits exploration on the ADV bike at some point. Too bad I have to work....I would make a great retired person!!

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We had a great time, and can't wait for the next one!! I feel lucky to live in a state with such accessible beauty!! I hope you guys enjoy the report!!

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It took forever, but I finally got it done!!
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Great pics. Looks like it was a blast.
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Awesome pics. Wish i could get out west..someday
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I always enjoy living vicariously through your summertime adventures. The pics are awesome as usual. Can't wait for the next round.
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