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Old 09-17-2013, 10:45 AM   #1
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Obert Hajj's JKUR trail run thread

So often it seems we get caught up in what we have done to our Jeeps and lose sight of where and what we have done in our Jeeps. To that end I'm starting this thread on the what and where of my Jeep. It is similar to my What did you do WITH thread, but this one I'm going to make more detailed since it covers just the where and what of my family and our Jeep.

Our very first trip in the new Jeep was for Mother's Day. We started out going to run Schubarth Road, but it was still closed from the Waldo Canyon fire last year. So, we ended up just running some of the forest service roads off of Rampart Range and had a nice picnic and stroll through the woods.








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Our first run with other Jeepers was one that Gellato and I setup. It was the first "CoFam" run and included these trails:

Dakan Rd (3-4)
Long Hollow (2)
Hotel Gulch (1-2)
8 miles of Rampart Range (1)
Mt. Herman (2)







First ever rock crawling for our Jeep... yes, we are posers!


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I finally did run Schubarth Road after they reopened it, but this time it was just me and my little man along with Steve and Steve.

That day we were the three silver amigos!


Yes, I'm still a poser.


One of the cool things about this trail is driving between the huge boulders.




The scenery is pretty awesome too!




My little guy loves to go Jeep'n!!



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The wife was away doing wife things one day, so I took the kiddos up into the mountains looking around. This was the trip where I started trying to take a panoramic photo of the Jeep on location at all the trails we run.

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The father-in-law used to do quite a bit of wheeling in an old Bronco that had back when the wife was a teen. So we invited him to come with us in his 4Runner for a trip up Mt. Baldy.... or what we thought was going to be Mt. Baldy. I missed the switchback turn to complete the trail, so we ended up going down a bit of Eagle Rock trail and then just headed home because the 4Runner was tired. We did manage to find a nice sized mud puddle to play in.



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Our second large group run was to China Wall with many of the new friends we made on the first CoFam trip. This was a tougher trail them most of us in the CoFam group had ever done, so we had Sinister6, BrianGT and Justin04LJ spotting for us. We all gained a lot of confidence in both our Jeeps and us that day.















The main obstacle, China Wall of course!


And great scenery as always!

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The wife has lived here in the Springs nearly all her life and has not been to the top of Pike's Peak except when she was about 2. So we invited an old friend of mine and his GF to make the trip to the top with us.







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My favorite trails to date has been Jenny Creek. We went after a very rainy week and were rewarded with lots of water. It also rained on us the last part of the day.

A truck we had to go around. At the end of the day we saw him when we were coming back down... he had gotten it out!














Only one of the Jeeps got stuck, a Rubicon with stock suspension got hung up on it's lower control arm.




Not quite Gorillas In The Mist, but I do have a silver back... does that count?








This little bit of the trail had the highest pucker factor of the day. The snow bank wanted to push your Jeep off the edge on the other side... a nice slopping hill to roll down. Only about half the group decided to go beyond this point.



I of course was in the group that decided to press on.


A better shot of the hill to roll down...

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One of the guys on the site posted up that they were coming out to CO to do some camping and wanted to hits some easy scenic trails as well. So I volunteered to take them up Mt. Baldy as it is not to tough, but has some great views.














The kids find a huge hole in the ground!







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After a planned vacation to Wisconsin fall through, we decided to go on an impromptu trip to Ouray CO. We were there for just four days and it rained pretty much non stop all but one of those. So, we spent a lot of time shopping in the little mountain towns and just one day and a partial morning on the trails. But what a day it was! This is by far one of the most scenic parts of CO. We plan on making this a yearly trip.

First night there.


My folks towed the camper up for us all to stay in, so we towed the trailer with their ATVs and bike on it. They only got to use them one morning.


Red mountain in the background.


Most of the trails in the Ouray area are pretty tame and consist of well traveled dirt roads.


There are lots of old (some over a 100 years old) abandoned mines. Lots of history here for those that are interested.


Just all around great scenery.




Definitely the most roughed terrain I've driven thought... on nice smooth roads. Okay, they were not always nice and smooth!
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As I said before, Jenny Creek is one of my favorite trails, so I ran it again a few weeks after the first run up it. One of the things I really like about this trail is that it is really like three trails in one. You have some tight forest road, lots of water crossings (or should that be water driving since you actually drive up some of the creek for a ways several times), and some very rocking trail sections. There are also some dirt areas with quick elevation changes.

Even before you get to the actual trail, there are some rather large mud puddles to play in.


The trail starts off with a tight run through the trees


A little ways after that you come to the first real obstacle and the first water crossing.


Immediately after that, you come to the toughest obstacle, a decent sized pile of rocks you much climb over.




And then the quick elevation changes.


Several trips up the creek...


make it fun for all involved.


Once you leave the water behind, the really rocky portion begins.


You finally exit the trail on a pretty smooth section.


And are rewarded with a nice mountain lake to relax around.
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Yet another CoFam trip.

Middle St. Vrain

A little posing to start the tail off right.


And a little mud puddle to go through.


A drive through a mountain stream to clean the Jeeps up some.


The road gets rocky.




A great spot for lunch.


Mike with his oldest daughter and their friends.


My #1 Jeep'n buddy having fun as always!
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We also did Coney Flats the same day as Middle St. Vrain.

Starting up the trail.


Some more rock crawling.


For us, it's all about the family fun!


The major obstacle on this trail is "The Lake". It's are rather large, slow moving section of the stream system in the area that you have to cross.


The day we went the water was just below the door sill of my Jeep with a 4" lift and 35" tires.
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As if two trails in a was not enough, Mike and I decided to also hit parts of Miller Rock to cap the day off.

This turned out to be a pretty steep and rocking trail... and very narrow. Our passengers were a little nervous on it!


We did not make it all the way to the major obstacle on this trail, but this one was pretty big for us and required some spotting and discussion.


Most of the trail was very tight as well.




This is an in and out trail, so whatever you do going in, you have to do in the opposite direction going out.




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Since it is so close to the house and not a difficult trail, another go at Schubarth Rd was in order. This time with my co-worker and his little guy. It was also the week of the great Colorado floods of 2013. I needed to get up on this trail after all the heavy rains to scout it out for an upcoming night run on this very trail.

A little flexing due to the new ruts in the road.




The boys having a snack.


Driving tough the boulders.


And it would not be Jeep'n with out posing on a rock.


And of course the Colorado scenery.




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This weekend was a busy one. I managed to get my night run of Schubarth Loop in on Saturday night. We hit the trail at around 9pm and got back to the house just before 2am.

We had an almost full moon rising at the start of our run


The girls thought it was a little spooky! I'm thinking we need to do this type of thing on Halloween!!


The phone photo does not show it very well, but there was a great overlook for the city of Colorado Springs. Those close lights at the bottom right are the Air Force Academy


Some tight rocks... can you call rocks that big just rocks?




A little rougher and scarier!


I've not measured the tilt, but when you are in your car and lean over that far... it gets your attention!


In the end, the girls had a great time... even if two of them were turned into zombies!
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The very next morning we met up with 6 other Jeeps to run Bull Park. This particular trail has eluded me all summer. This was my 4th attempt to run this trail and we only made it about halfway this time. We met two more Jeeps at the meeting point and they decided to go along with us. Unfortunately, one broke down on the trail (he was able to do some trail repairs and get back out). Between this and the weather setting in, we decided it was best call it and head back down the mountain. So, Bull Park 4, Oberst Hajj 0.

The main road was closed to through traffic due to a very large section of it being washed away in the recent floods.


Even being a major dirt road through this area, there are still plenty of single lane cut throughs.


And great scenery as always


Mountain tunnels are always a nice touch


I think I've come up with a name for my Jeep... Mountain Goat... or just The Goat for short.


It's always cool to be out on a trail with a line of other Jeeps either in front or behind you.


This is the spot the one Jeep broke down at. Around 10,500 feet, winding, cold and rain heading in!


The kids named this place the Tree Graveyard


Lunch huddled inside the Jeep for some warmth


The rain is falling and the runoff is flowing


Back down the mountain the skies have cleared some and the sun decides to come out. We figured it was a perfect time to give the Jeeps a mud bath


Playing in the mountain creek must be lots of fun to brave the icy water!


With the rain gone for the time being, it was up to us to find a way to wash the Jeep before heading home


And like a bunch of pigs, we found another mud hole to play in. So much for washing the Jeep off before!


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Georgous pics, great looking family! These are the memories they will cherish their whole lives. Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks John. Making memories for them is on the top of the list for our outings.
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Thanks.

And here a couple of photos one of the other members took of my rig on the Bull Park run.

A few photos that some of the other took:







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LOL, a man's got to work! We will actually be heading to Ouray again this weekend, so expect some more photos from that trip.

If you just want more photos for the trips I've posted, check out my Jeep'n Gallery site. Lots of photos on there.
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LOL, a man's got to work! We will actually be heading to Ouray again this weekend, so expect some more photos from that trip.

If you just want more photos for the trips I've posted, check out my Jeep'n Gallery site. Lots of photos on there.

It was meant to be tongue in cheek. Well done! I am planning a trip for next summer to the Leadville/Buena Vista area, and am bookmarking the page for inspiration.


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I just read through the entire thread, cool stuff.
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Great shots!! I'll have to show the wife to convince her that we should put a CO trip at the top of our list.... Hope you're all still in one piece after those floods!
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You guys in the states have such great trails....
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Nice thread. It was fun to follow along. Looks like some good times!
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Great shots!! I'll have to show the wife to convince her that we should put a CO trip at the top of our list.... Hope you're all still in one piece after those floods!
CO is well worth the trip lots of trails with great scenery!

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Yes, but a lot depends on here you go. I'm sure you guys have some great trails over there as well though!
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The wife and I went back to Ouray by our selves this time. We stayed at a wonderful bed and breakfast and enjoyed a long weekend together. It snowed the night before we got there, so many of the trails were closed or impassable beyond certain points. So we just decided to hit some of the trails we had planned and run them as far as we could go.

We are truly insignificant.







The remains of this old truck can be found outside the ghost town of Animas Forks.



As long as you were not in the upper elevations, the ground was clear and fall was in full swing.









We ended up with two unexpected little adventures on this trip. The first was when were were up on the Cinnamon and California trails. We saw some tracks in the snow that looked fairly large, but definitely not human foot prints. On closer inspection I thought they looked like the tracks of a large cat, and after following them a little ways, it was confirmed by both tail drag marks and clear paw prints showing the claws... these were mountain lion tracks!





We investigated them some more and it looked like their were two separate sets of tracks, meaning this would have to be a mating pair. We found another set of tracks, again suggesting a mating pair several miles away on another mountain side. the mountain lion's territory can be around 100 square miles, so it was most likely the same lions that made both sets of tracks. It snowed on Friday and we found the tracks on Sunday, so they were not older than 48 hours. Pretty cool!

The other little adventure was when were were going over Monarch Pass (both on Sat and Mon). They were shooting scenes from the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 (2014). I'm not a fan of the series, but apperently there are going to be some Jeeps in that one!







I just might have to watch this one to see what they do with them.

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