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Old 06-22-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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Saints John Trail Report

Howdy y'all...

So first things first, decided on a name for the new girl in my life (the one who my wife would never be jealous of or end up taking half because she likes her as much as I do...well ok, maybe not as much as me, but still ), meet Ba Ba Black Jeep. I've already taken her out on some day excursions. For Father's day I loaded up and took my dad up to Saints John and cruised the Continental Divide specifically hitting Saints John, Deer Creek and such. It's awesome to be on top of the world. Highest point we hit according to the GPS was 12,731 feet. What's that saying "Only in a Jeep" ?

I had hoped for a bright clear sunshiny day, but we ended up with cloudy, overcast and some mist every now and then. Cruising up Loveland I was watching a menacing looking storm that was attempting to fill the valley and hung around most of the day before heading off to the East. Luckily it was all bluster and look rather than action. Other than some stiff winds every now and then at the top of the trail it was actually an enjoyable and cool day.

The trail is in good condition. No snow to report. There is run off from the main mountain patches hugging the sides, but not anything that's worth mentioning. The creeks are running pretty quick, but no major swells or run-offs. Being that it was father's day or the weather was not as agreeable I don't know, but the trail was pretty desolate. For the most part we didn't run into any other wheelers. I hadn't been in that region for a while, and did notice there is a lot of beetle kill around Loveland and Keystone, but once you get up on Saints John there wasn't much impacted. With all the fires up north in Larimer and the trouble they are having fighting that I sure hope that no one is stupid in this area or lighting strikes as it is a tinder box.

I know I'm more of a beginner with jeepin', but I'm anxious to keep learning and get out there more and more. One thing I love are the Rubi snaxs trail. The ones where there are good rocks that give you a chance to bump around on.

Stopped and poked the nose into a side trail that led up to an abandoned miner's cabin. There was a feeder creek with falls running by it. Pretty little spot but a tight turn around (picked up a little trail pin stripping)to get headed back to the main trail.

Being on top of Glacier Mountain was awesome. You can see for miles and snapped some shots of Breckenridge, deep valleys. With the earlier snow melt the tundra type flowers were out in force. Lots of pretty colors to greet you as you cruise. Also the marmots and chipmunks are porkers with everything growing.

Wrapped around the back side and followed Deer Creak down back into Montezuma. No...no revenge hit while trailing'. One other thing that was cool, with all the old silver mining and tailings you can see a lot of the minerals leeching out. One mountain (I think it was over towards Webster's pass) looked like a bowl of Lucky charms with only the marshmallows. Included a pic, don't know how much justice it does...definitely something worth seeing.

All in all Saints John moved up to be one of my favorites. Rubi snaxs, good tilts (the tilt picture I have the phone laying on the dash so you get to feel how much we were leaning, that's not me turning the camera), awesome/spectacular views that make you feel like you are on top of the world and shows how man thinks he is so great...but when you are out there we are insignificant. I want to hit the trail again when the sun is fully out.

Some pics attached...I'll get the others loaded up in the next few days to photo bucket. Saint Johns two up.

Happy trails....
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Some more of the trail run pics
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looks like a great day, gorgeous spot!!!great pics!
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That's one huge mutant bear squirrel.

Awesome pics!
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:46 AM   #7
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Thanks!

Yeah the marmots were definitely healthy. When I saw him I thought of

Tim: There he is!
King Arthur: Where?
Tim: There!
King Arthur: What? Behind the rabbit?
Tim: It *is* the rabbit!
King Arthur: You silly sod!
Tim: What?
King Arthur: You got us all worked up!
Tim: Well, that's no ordinary rabbit.
King Arthur: Ohh.
Tim: That's the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!
Sir Robin: You tit! I soiled my armor I was so scared!
Tim: Look, that rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide! It's a killer!
Sir Galahad: Get stuffed!
Tim: He'll do you up a treat, mate.
Sir Galahad: Oh, yeah?
Sir Robin: You manky Scots git!
Tim: I'm warning you!
Sir Robin: What's he do? Nibble your bum?
Tim: He's got huge, sharp... er... He can leap about. Look at the bones!
King Arthur: Go on, Bors. Chop his head off!
Sir Bors: Right! Silly little bleeder. One rabbit stew comin' right up!

[lots of screaming and death follows]

[after Bors is killed by the killer rabbit]
Tim: I *warned* you, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, you *knew*, didn't you? Oh, it's just a harmless little *bunny*, isn't it?

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↑ Thats funny
Looks like a beautifull area, thanks for posting
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What kind of camera are you using?
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Looks like a beautifull area, thanks for posting
Thanks! It's definitely a stunning place to explore...worth doing multiple times.

I loaded up the rest of the pictures from the day on my photobucket page for anyone interested:

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I loaded up the rest of the pictures from the day on my photobucket page for anyone interested:

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good stuff!!!
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Thanks! It's definitely a stunning place to explore...worth doing multiple times.

I loaded up the rest of the pictures from the day on my photobucket page for anyone interested:

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What kind of camera are you using?
Actually ended up using two...my plane jane camera phone which only is capable of 5 megapixels (the pic of just the Rubicon name and mountains in the background was taken with that as well as a few others)

The nice shots were taken with my dad's camera. He has a Canon Powershot SX30 IS. It's 35 megapixels, has a 35x zoom factor and does all the HD, video and everything else. He's thinking he might trade it and get the next model up, so I'm toying with the idea of buying his if he does.

btw...your profile pic is finer than frog hair....just down right awesome.
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Actually ended up using two...my plane jane camera phone which only is capable of 5 megapixels (the pic of just the Rubicon name and mountains in the background was taken with that as well as a few others)

The nice shots were taken with my dad's camera. He has a Canon Powershot SX30 IS. It's 35 megapixels, has a 35x zoom factor and does all the HD, video and everything else. He's thinking he might trade it and get the next model up, so I'm toying with the idea of buying his if he does.

btw...your profile pic is finer than frog hair....just down right awesome.
Oh alright. I wish I had a bigger lens for my camera I have a Nikon d3100 (not the top of the line but it does what I need it to do) but the lens is on like 18x55 mm so I need a bigger one. But I like it for what it does

And lol thanks the jack wagons that took it are all in the colorado threads. What a fun story that was...
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that's all that matters brother...right now I'm still just using my phone. Saving up my coinage to buy my winch, new bumper and a lift. priorities yeah?

haha, well, I'm always up for a good story
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that's all that matters brother...right now I'm still just using my phone. Saving up my coinage to buy my winch, new bumper and a lift. priorities yeah?

haha, well, I'm always up for a good story
Well simply say there's was about 2000$ worth of damages...... And my keep almost had a "working" roll cage. But lastly I quiet possibly shat myself 7-8 times while I sat and teetered on the edge for about 3 to 5 minutes
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Awesome report and pics. That's definitely a trip I need to take the family on
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Very nice. I might headed up there today
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Nice I will be headed up there Monday
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Thanks for all the comments on the pics everyone

@longtooth and UnlimitedLJ04 - will be interested to hear your reports. Looks like you guys will get the bright sunshine on you...at least no heat being at 11-12k.

I'm looking at my next excursion possibly next Sunday. Wanted to get out today, but selling the house and unfortunately have to do ye olde chores.

Was thinking about the following places anyone have a recommendation?

-Middle St. Vrain
-Dakan Road
-Jenny Creek
-Mammoth Gulch (ran this once already and just poked my nose in various areas..it's a pretty run and wouldn't mind going back, lots of abandoned mine/camps/cabins)

Suggestions or advice or "hey these are great runs but watch out for these 'gotchas'" I'd be much obliged!
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Here some pics of Jenny Creek. A couple of guys from work and I ran it Wednesday. It was a blast! Last I checked Dakan road was just that, a dirt road.(last year) Not too much for obstacles, I guess I could have been in the wrong area, anyhow.
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Dakan road is a really easy one.
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Nothing wrong with Dakan road. Lots of off trails to explore. There is a granite quarry to explore near a pond 'n stuff. And its a shortcut from Sedalia to Rainbow Falls..lol.
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Was thinking about the following places anyone have a recommendation?

-Middle St. Vrain
-Dakan Road
-Jenny Creek
-Mammoth Gulch (ran this once already and just poked my nose in various areas..it's a pretty run and wouldn't mind going back, lots of abandoned mine/camps/cabins)
I'm always down for St Vrain. Not sure it's open yet though.
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Here some pics of Jenny Creek. A couple of guys from work and I ran it Wednesday. It was a blast! Last I checked Dakan road was just that, a dirt road.(last year) Not too much for obstacles, I guess I could have been in the wrong area, anyhow.
Sweet pics The creek part looks like a lot of fun. I keep hearing great things about Jenny Creek. Think maybe I will bump it to the top of my list. Other pics I've seen of folks on Jenny they haven't modified their rigs too much. On St. Vrain the pics I've found all show folks with Hi-Lifts, winches and such. even saw a pic that had a Chevy Blazer needing to get pulled out by the big boulder. Since I haven't put those on yet wonder if I should wait, get a little more experience.

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I'm always down for St Vrain. Not sure it's open yet though.
I'll look into it and see what I can find out

I'm anxious to get out again...and the weekend is looking like some great weather
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Sweet pics The creek part looks like a lot of fun. I keep hearing great things about Jenny Creek. Think maybe I will bump it to the top of my list. Other pics I've seen of folks on Jenny they haven't modified their rigs too much. On St. Vrain the pics I've found all show folks with Hi-Lifts, winches and such. even saw a pic that had a Chevy Blazer needing to get pulled out by the big boulder. Since I haven't put those on yet wonder if I should wait, get a little more experience.



I'll look into it and see what I can find out

I'm anxious to get out again...and the weekend is looking like some great weather
You would be ok on St Vrain, still closed I think. Let me know if you decide to go anywhere this weekend, I want to test out my off-road trailer.
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This sounded good, so I gave it a shot. Came in from Loveland Pass side. Had a late start, arrived in Montezuma just after noon. Was a popular spot for many other offroaders this day. Headed up trail towards St. Johns. Many, many spots to stop and sit by the creek.Click image for larger version

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Right before the first big climb towards Glacier mtn. there is a side road that leads to a hiking trail to the abandoned cabin (as prev. mentioned). This is worth the hike.
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While peruzin the continental divide I ran into Mike from Granby, he was with some friends on atv's. What a small world, lol. Instead of heading back to Montezuma, I went up Radical Hill to head towards 285. Honestly the Hill was not too bad.
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The last leg of Webster's Pass as is leaves the Red Cone trail end heading back down to the bottom is some serious white knuckle driving. I mean one wrong sneeze or loose rock slide and you are DONE. My heart races just thinking about it again, (give me a sec..) Srry no pic of this , all I could think was "be cool, be cool" This whole run, although not having any actual abstacles to Jeep over, is like trying to ride a bull for 4 hours. Oh, my aching back and leaf springs. Was similar to Kingston Peak.
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Howdy y'all...been missing in action with buying a new house. Man what a nightmare! The original house deal fell through which put me and the mrs in a bind because we have to be out of our house very shortly. But the good news is after many days of stress we found one and are under contract *whew*

@YJ - nice pics! Am toying with the idea of cruising the trail again, especially since the day I went out it was cloudy, overcast and light rain. Would love to see it with sunshine and unlimited visibility. Some family has come up to live with us for a little bit and they would like to see what Colorado offers. Can't go wrong with the Continental Divide.

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