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Amanda and I headed down for what most likely is our last San Juan trip this year to check out the fall colors. While there were definitely some nice colors out in the mountains, it seems as though the peak of the season is still another weekend away. Since I will be in Moab next weekend with NAXJA, this was our only chance.

On Saturday morning, our goal was to check out some of the trails just west of Ridgway, then make our way to Telluride via Last Dollar Road, and then hit up a few short trails on our way over to Silverton where we setup camp along South Mineral Creek. The skies did not cooperate with us very well this day, as there were numerous scattered storms in the area, so I did the best I could taking pictures with my P&S.

We started out along Dallas Creek

Mount Sneffels




Then we headed up to Box Factory Park

Passing through the Double RL Ranch




Box Factory Park




Last Dollar Road



 

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Cabins at the Alta townsite






Alta Lakes




Headed up into Gold King Basin


Small lake in Gold King Basin


JUst before the dead end on the way up to Gold King mine
 

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Headed over Ophir Pass







Dome Mountain from the beginning of Eureka Gulch


My Jeep and Emery Peak with what's left of Lake Emma (drained) below


Aspens in Eureka Gulch


Animas River near Arrastra Gulch with a tram above
 

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On Sunday morning we got up early and headed back through Silverton and up Cement Creek Road to Gladstone. From there, we headed up into Prospect Gulch.

Headed up Red Mountain #3 from Prospect Gulch


View down into Prospect Gulch


Red Mountain #3


Next we headed back to Gladstone and took a trail that looped around Cement Creek Gulch and met back up with Hurricane Pass.



Hurricane Pass on Brown Mountain


Lake Como and Poughkeepsie Gulch
 

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Once we reached Lake Como, we headed over California Pass and made our way to Animas Forks

Fresh snow on Hurricane Peak


California Gulch



Building at the Frisco Mine


Duncan residence in Animas Forks


Animas Forks
 

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From Animas Forks we headed up the North Fork Cutoff to Mineral Creek and took that to US 550, where we turned right and headed back home :)

View down onto Mineral Point


Aspens chaning along Mineral Creek










It was a great weekend....now to prepare myself for nine days in Moab starting next weekend :)
 

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What!!!! you get to go to Moab after that awsome ride. You guy's out west stink, we got mud, rock and more mud and you guy's got moab and mountains.
 

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Looks like you got there at the best times.
(leaves changing)
Where you from Intrepidxj?

Ive been up there a few times this year, but it's never enough is it?:bow:

Ophir pass


Stony pass / buffalo boy mine


Stony pass

(before the Cherokee, with my Bronco 2)

Lake como


Engineer pass


Boulion king lake (close to Blackbear pass)


Maggie gulch






Kennebec pass (recent)






Colorado IS a stunning place to 'wheel! :agree:
 

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:bow: AWESOME pics, they are VERY inspiring! :thumbsup:

And to think that the Arizona Sonaran Desert in beautiful in the spring time? It is!!! It doesn't have anything on Colorado! Is early October about the best time catch the fall colors in the San Juan's? i will HAVE to see this part of Colorado while i'm still "vertical". :eek:

Thanks for posting! :rock:
 

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Awesome stuff there. Gotta love the mountains, absolutely beautiful.
 
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