Epic Road Trip – Day 4

Day 4’s agenda was to attempt to make it to the top of Black Bear pass, and then back down to Corkscrew Gulch, to Hurricane Pass, to Animus Forks.

We knew Blackbear was closed on the downhill side to Telluride, but wanted to try to at least get to the pass.   I talked to several locals in town that said they thought it was open to the top, but nothing confirmed for sure.

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Our attempt was short lived.  About a mile up the trail we met a hiker coming down.  He told us the road was close just a short distance ahead from a large snow drift crossing the road.  With that, we all turned around and headed down and towards Corkscrew Gulch.

We passed this awesome tracked Jeep on the way.

Snow debris from avalanches.

Lake Como

Animas Forks Historic Site

 

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Epic Road Trip – Day 3

Day 3 was a lighter day for trail riding.  We started out by visiting Box Canon Falls on the south end of town. It was a brief walk up to the falls, which have carved a large slot canyon in the rock.

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Ouray Sunrise

After Box Canon, we loaded up in the Jeeps to head to Yankee Boy Basin.   If you recall, Yankee Boy is where my accident happened back in 2017. 

When we got to the top, there was a snow drift still covering a portion of the road, so we couldn’t make it all the way to the top 😦

But I did fly the drone up and over to get a shot of Wrights Lake.

It soon started to drizzy, so we started our way back down.

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Epic Road Trip – Day 2

The quaint little town of Ouray in the morning.  In just a few short hours, the main street will be bustling with offroaders and tourist.

Follow along as I post some of the photos below from Day 2:

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The “sign”.  Our morning meeting place to head out for the trails.  Today’s trails are Ophir Pass over to Telluride, and then the Last Dollar Road back towards Ouray.

Our clan of Jeepers!!!

The moon sitting above the mountains.

The narrow shelf road on Ophir is just wide enough for one vehicle.

If you zoom way in, you can see the jeeps on the road.

After lunch in Telluride, we headed out on Last Dollar Road.

Back in Ouray!

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Epic Road Trip – Day 1

In mid July members of the Georgia Wranglers headed out to Ouray and Moab for some awesome wheeling.  We started out in Ouray Colorado for four days of riding some of the most scenic trails in the country.  The Rocky Mountains are awe inspiring, and there is an photo opportunity in every direction you turn.

I’ll go ahead and spoil any suspense that readers may have.  If you recall two years ago, we had an unfortunate accident that left the original Tank totaled in Ouray.  This year, there were no incidents, and no accidents.

Follow along as I post some of the photos below from Day 1:
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Arrival in Colorado

Day 1 meeting at the Switzerland of American “sign” for morning lineup.  Day 1 was the Alpine Loop which consist of Engineer and Cinnamon Passes. Seven jeeps in our group total.

Engineer Pass is a mere 12,800 feet in elevation!!

Cinnamon Pass is 12,640 feet in elevation!

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