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    Default Ouray / Silverton / Telluride Oct 7-10



    Shane, Ty and I (along with some spouses) made a trip to Silverton for the weekend to explore some trails. We chose to take 285 / 50 for some fall color viewing on the drive down Thursday. At Blue Mesa reservoir, 50 was closed entirely for construction and we were routed along 92 as a detour. Apparently 92 is a designated scenic route and well worth the trip even if you are not forced to take it. We were treated to some fantastic views of the canyon area west of the reservoir and west / north of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison national park. At the western end of the detour near Crawford State Park I noted a dirt road that was marked as an entrance to the Black Canyon national park. This must be the access for the north rim of the canyon, which I plan to return to some day. The remainder of Thursday was uneventful as we continued from 92 along 50 south to 550 through Ouray and on to our lodging in Silverton.

    Friday morning we opted to try Black Bear Pass and Imogene pass, hoping for lighter crowds on a week day late in the season. The morning was cool with light snow visible above ~11,500 ft on the high peaks nearby, but the trail was virtually empty. We encountered a couple of side by sides running out and back from the trail head to the one way section, but no other full size rigs until we got to the switchbacks. The fall colors were made for some spectacular views as we descended into Telluride. After a rather long stop of some BBQ lunch in Telluride we began up Imogene Pass only to be immediately turned away. Just before we started on the trail a rig had rolled a little ways up Imogene, closing the trail for the afternoon. I am now 0 for 2 on attempts to run Imogene due to closures, so it was personally pretty frustrating to fail to run this trail for the second straight year. We regrouped and ran Last Dollar Rd which treated us to some remarkable tree-covered sections with carpets of golden aspen leaves. This easy trail was not a disappointment and was a nice end to our slow paced day of wheeling.

    Friday night brought rain all night long in Silverton and snow to the peaks above. Our plan Saturday was to run the Alpine Loop, starting with Cinnamon Pass near Animas Forks, loop through Lake City to Engineer Pass, then back via Mineral Creek. With the snow, we had concerns about the viability of the pass but our persistence was rewarded as we made first tracks up Cinnamon and easily made it over. Engineer pass had seen much more traffic for the day and held considerably more snow along the highest points. Near the top, Engineer had ~3-4 ft drifts beside the well-worn tire tracks, but most of the trail was clear and dry. Mineral creek was dry and provided some opportunities to play on some large rocks before we ended the day.

    Our late season trip yielded some remarkable views of the fall to winter transition. This may be the most spectacular scenery of my life.

    Cinnamon Pass


    Top of Engineer Pass, but not the deepest snow section

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    Default Re: Ouray / Silverton / Telluride Oct 7-10



    open_circuit previously posted:
    "This may be the most spectacular scenery of my life."

    Stellar photos!

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    Default Re: Ouray / Silverton / Telluride Oct 7-10



    Nice views! Glad it was successful other than Impgene
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    Easily some of the most amazing views I have had in my life. All the rigs did great, even mine which if I'm being honest I was slightly worried about due to having so little time on the latest mods. The big tires and beadlocks allowed me to run super low pressure on the trail which accomplished what I had always hoped it would, made my wife comfortable enough she could do a full trail day on the rocks for the first time ever which has been a goal of mine for the past 3 years.

    Achievement unlocked!


    Both the town of Silverton and the trails were extremely accommodating of vehicles of all sizes.


    And the views were just unreal


    We even got to make fresh tracks on Cinnamon Pass


    Plus do a little splashing around in the puddles like the children we all are at heart


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    Default Re: Ouray / Silverton / Telluride Oct 7-10



    One of the many puddles we found on Cinnamon Pass as we descended the eastern side.


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    Default Re: Ouray / Silverton / Telluride Oct 7-10



    Shane- I love that picture of the mud!

    Do y'all notice how the videographer (me) backed up slightly after the Jeep rolled through... Then Shane started revving the engine and I had a moment of panic and tried to back up more. Luckily I only ate a little mud and haven't died yet.

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    Default Re: Ouray / Silverton / Telluride Oct 7-10



    Here is the bumper cam footage I spliced together. About 14hrs of footage condensed into 20 min of highlights.

    https://youtu.be/TPZvmEqZFU0

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    Default Re: Ouray / Silverton / Telluride Oct 7-10



    Nice job Ty. The newer gopros take so much better footage than the old ones which I found nearly unwatchable because they were so shaky. This one felt like a dog's eye view if it was chasing us down the trail.

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    Default Re: Ouray / Silverton / Telluride Oct 7-10



    Thanks. For the record, this is a Garmin Virb Ultra 30. At the time it came out, it was far ahead of GoPro in many ways and I would totally recommend it; however it has now been out for a long time with no price change and GoPro has more than caught up. So I can't really recommend it anymore.

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    Default Re: Ouray / Silverton / Telluride Oct 7-10



    The shot of Cinnamon Pass is spectacular!

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