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Old 08-21-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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Iphone Documented Colorado Jeep Outing

Thought I'd head west to run an old favorite trail for the day this week. Took the necessary supplies, go-bag (clothes, rain gear, toilet paper, etc), water, food, camelback, winch/recovery bag two dogs. It was 100+ in Denver so some cool fresh air was in order.

I pulled the windows off the new Bestop Trextop NX replacement top (the original one separated at the header at both corners). The new one smells like toxic chemicals and a hint of rubber, a familiar smell from so many Chinese products these days. Lol



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Ok, so the compass shows south. But I promise I headed west.





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The creek running along 285 Southbound cooled the air and is extremely beautiful



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The temp dropped drastically although I only had this photo to prove it to a certain degree (no pun intended). It was low 60's when I hiked to the saddle at the pass.

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Old 08-21-2013, 03:06 PM   #2
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While airing down and putting the sunrider top back (I wish I hadn't, more on that later) I let the dogs explore


The vast majority of this trail has a stream running alongside with a crossing or two depending which route you take


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I love this area because of its diversity, both in terrain and recreational potential. There are meadows, small lakes, streams, abandoned mines, dense forests, old cabins, and who knows what else I have left to discover. You can camp, hike, fish, ATV, Jeep, snowmobile, snowshoe, and just relax back here. It's one pass over from a grand central of recreational areas. Sometimes you won't run into anyone at all.




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Here an old offshoot that used to reconnect to the main trail. It gave the medium trail crowd a more challenging route to the pass. Sadly this is a trend everywhere in Colorado and nationwide it seems
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:17 PM   #3
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The trail gets really tight in spots which makes its really fun in the winter too.



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The dogs remained alert as we passed a campsite that had improvements made by someone who had possibly watched one of the many survivor reality tv shows



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Here's a glimpse of what's to come



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The old trail used to follow this barbed wire fence but the water table was too high causing sustainability issues for those ill prepared and/or outfitted. So they plowed a new road bowling over a half mile of trees to keep the road open. Interesting.



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