Thursday September 12
Friday September 13
Yes, that's six mountain passes over 12000 feet in only two days, plus a couple 11000 foot passes on the paved highway! We had snow at the top of many of the passes, but the colored aspen leaves were quite nice down below. The aspens near Rico and Telluride won't peak for another week, but the colors were already quite bright near Lake City and Silverton. Someday we'll get to see Engineer Pass when it isn't snowing.
OK, there wasn't very much mud on the rocks in Poughkeepsie Gulch, but we are from Arizona.
Saturday September 14
As a break from driving we rode the Durango & Silverton narrow gauge railway. The scenery was nice, but a bit of a let down compared to the previous day. Three of us in an open gondola car nearly froze in the cold rain and wind. All the peaks above 11500 feet were covered with snow by Sunday morning thanks to an extra shot of moisture from ex-hurricane Fausto.
No vehicle damage on the whole trip beyond a blown fuse. Stay tuned for next year!
Monday September 8
From Crystal, Schofield Pass (very narrow!), Paradise Divide, Daisy Pass to Almont.
Tuesday September 9
Slumgullion Pass (on the highway), Stoney Pass and Buffalo Boy Mine, Naturita, Ophir Pass.
Wednesday September 10
Eye of the Whale trail in Arches National Park
Cache Canyon, Dry Mesa
Thursday September 11
Pritchett Canyon (not the whole way through)
Kane Creek Road
Friday September 12
Salt Creek Canyon in Needles
On Sunday, we ran Poughkeepsie Gulch uphill and then down California Gulch. The muddy steps in Poughkeepsie were the only real wheelin' obstacles and they graphically illustrated which trucks had lockers and which didn't. In the afternoon we went over Engineer Pass to Lake City. The weather was crystal clear, so we actually got to see Engineer Pass for the first time. The bad part was that traffic was very heavy, so you had to stop alot to wait for on-coming vehicles.
On Monday, three hearty vehicles ran Cinnamon Pass, Ophir Pass and Bolam Pass on the way back to Durango. We didn't do any vehicle damage except one small dent in a door in Poughkeepsie Gulch. Saw lots of wildlife and wild flowers. The aspens were only just beginning to turn color.
Last modified: Tue Oct 19 18:02:47 1999