Weeks before the trip, we had our trails for the three day trip all planned out. Then just a few days before we were heading our a snow storm hit the San Juan Mountains. As a safety precaution several of the area trails were closed including Black Bear Pass and Imogene.
Luckily, in true Colorado fashion, the sun came out and saved the day, it melted the snow/ice and the trails were re-opened the day we headed our for Ouray.
On Saturday we started out with a number of trails on the East side of Hwy 550 including Mineral Creek and Poughkeepsie Gulch.
Just before the turnoff for Poughkeepsie Gulch we made a brief stop to walk to a pretty waterfall. Through a small water crossing and then to the Wall on Poughkeepsie Gulch. It had rained the night before leaving some nice puddles at the bottom of the wall. Although some attempts were made, in the end all of the rigs had to winch themselves up the wall. From there were continued on to Lake Como, then California Pass/Gulch, to Animas Forks where we had lunch. After lunch we continued to Piscayne/Placer Gulches. From there we had to backtrack just a bit onto California Gulch to get to Hurricane Pass and then Corkscrew Gulch.
Just after we got to Corkscrew Gulch we encounter a huge herd of Sheep. Without exaggerating there had to be more than a thousand of those little guys being herded by just one man and one dog.
The next morning we were out to run Black Bear Pass. We were happy the trails were opened and glad to see there was no crazy snow/ice on the trail, especially near the waterfall.
Best picture of the day went to Norm, who got his amazing shot of Telluride from Black Bear Pass. He had run this trail multiple times this summer but each time it was overcast, based on this picture, I’d say we had the perfect day!
We stopped in the park in Telluride before we made the trip back to Ouray via Imogene Pass. Once back into town the group headed to the Ouray Brewing Company for dinner – lots of fun and good food to be had by all.
On our final day of the trip we decided to do Yankee Boy and Governor Basins. Another enjoyable outing.
If interested more pictures can be found HERE