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Old 09-08-2009, 12:26 PM   #1
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The Top of Colorado.

My weekend trip. This is an area with a bunch of looping trails (Webster Pass area, for you locals). They're not the hardest four wheel drive areas, but they are way up there in scenery. You get up to 12,800 feet here -- that's enough elevation to make people and cars suck for air. It also cuts your horsepower way down, which makes the very steep hills even more interesting.

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Storm coming in. And I don't have a top on this Jeep. I wonder where I can get one put on it?

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Last time I saw a bunch of Mountain Goats up here. This time, just this guy.

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Top of the hill. There's a -very- nasty trail that goes down between those two posts, and goes down into this alpine bowl with a pretty lake. It's tempting to think you could drive it, but there's a graphic reminder of why not all crashed and smashed at the bottom of the bowl. The leftovers from two years ago when someone had a fatal wreck. Sorry, no photo of that - you'd need a telephoto, and I'm using my phone camera here.

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You could hike down to that lake, except for two reasons. One, the altitude makes it really hard to get back out. Two, as you can see from this photo, I'm not so much up to that.

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See the road stretching off into the distance? It's mostly roads like that up there. This is a great area for stock Wranglers. All you really need are good tires. There are a few places with some scary bits, and several places with some steep stuff, but for most part it's just a really fun place to spend the day.

If you're planning a trip to Colorado, this trail area is usually open all through September and well into October, although it can snow even in August.

Let me know if you're interested, and I can get you some details on the area. And maybe even tag along on your trip!.

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Colorado has some beautiful places. Fact is I can't think of an ugly lace there. Nice pics.

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And maybe even tag along on your trip!.
I just wish people were interested in leisure drives down some of the backwoods roads sometimes rather than the technical trails. I was up in White river National Forest this weekend and while I had a good time there were several places that I wanted to go that I felt uncomfortable without a second vehicle along.


I wanted badly to continue down the trail behind the jeep to the right in this picture but thought better of it



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Beautiful country ... thanks for sharing
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i needa move to colorado. I live in NY and i dont know of any spots yet.
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My pictures are just to the south of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area
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I just wish people were interested in leisure drives down some of the backwoods roads sometimes rather than the technical trails. I was up in White river National Forest this weekend and while I had a good time there were several places that I wanted to go that I felt uncomfortable without a second vehicle along.
Yeah, that looks like a fairly decent spot to spend an afternoon. If you can't go shopping at the mall, or anything more fun like that.

I probably would have gone down that road by my lonesome. But I'm not saying that I'm smart. There's a line between adventure and stupidity.
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great pics guys.
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That is beautiful man! This makes me want to move out to Colorado instead of staying here in boring old VA!
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Awesome pics !
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Looks like a really pretty place to spend a couple of days, may have to get over there sometime, thanks for the pic's guys. I see that "Flat tops wilderness area" is not that far from Grand Junction where I shop every month
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man, Colorado is a beautiful place. This is just the area that I wanna go! I have to visit there sometime, great pics guys!
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I am originally from Greece and the scenery is very similar. Not on the islands though
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That area is great indeed. I spend a ton of time up near the Rand/Walden area and always make a loop down through that area, over to Dillon, then back up to the Rand area. Can't wait to get my new (to me) TJ set up like my old YJ was and get it back out there.
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Old 09-23-2009, 12:35 AM   #18
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wow gorgeous pix. i would love to come along
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Rado

This was up by Estes.Going back to the area in jeep next year if all goes as planned.
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Mmm...Colorado. Awesome pictures! I used to live in Greeley, spend the weekends in Denver and every Thursday head to Breck or Keystone for some snowboarding. I was Jeepless then, but the scenery is amazing there. Not so much in Greeley, but 80(?) out to Estes and Rocky mountain national park is awesome. Come to think of it, starting about a half hour west of Greeley is where that state starts getting cool.
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Mmm...Colorado. Awesome pictures! I used to live in Greeley, spend the weekends in Denver and every Thursday head to Breck or Keystone for some snowboarding. I was Jeepless then, but the scenery is amazing there. Not so much in Greeley, but 80(?) out to Estes and Rocky mountain national park is awesome. Come to think of it, starting about a half hour west of Greeley is where that state starts getting cool.
I-70 is what you're thinking of. 80 cuts thru southern Wyoming and is seldom counted among the scenic roads of the world. But 70 over the mountains has got to be the prettiest freeway ever built.

I was in Estes this weekend. Drove a Jeep, but the road I wanted to hit was very icy so we hiked along it instead.

We've now been pushed down into the foothills for the rest of the year.

Johnny Park is still open, if you locals are looking for a place. I might try that this weekend!
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Webster is out off of 60 road, great camping in that area too.
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I think you guys should officially change it from Colorado to Crawlerado.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:53 PM   #27
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i love where i live ha the flat tops in rifle are a gorgeous place to go i havent gotten up there in my wrangler cuz my lil 4 cylinder doesnt like the passes from denver to rifle
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OK, but you posted this on a day where the temperature didn't get over 10 degrees. Where a snowstorm dumped enough stuff even in the foothills to keep us all from fourwheeling until July.

Right about now, I'm thinking about taking off and spending the rest of the winter in my house in San Diego. There's only one problem with this plan. I don't have a house in San Diego.
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yea my girl is moving there so at least i can go visit there and u can still go wheeling it would just be way harder

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