Father-Son ride SW Colorado's San Juan Mountains
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06-30-2008, 09:33 PM
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Sunday AM, I hiked down Mineral Point to the abandoned mine. Thanks to these entrepreneural nuts from the 19th century we can enjoy the sites and their dirt roads.
Another view of the camp site and the 650's
Loading the bikes:
The plan was to climb down to Silverton via Animas Fork and follow the Animas River road for lunch:
Down by Mayflower Mill:
After lunch, we planned to go up CR110 to Glandstone and Hurricane Pass to California/Picayune Gulch...
But as we were getting closer to the pass, the road getting steeper, norrower, gravelly, and our pants wetter...we stopped to try to figure how to turn around as the pass was blocked by a parked tractor that was working on clearing the snow...As always, the picture doesn't do justice to how steep it was, at least for two novice riders on heavy bikes...
So always ask the locals before you go climb a pass...which is what we decided to do when we got back to Silverton. The ladies at the information center were very knowledgeable of the current condition of all the passes...and recommended we try Ophir. So our plan was to climb up Ophir and find a place to sleep on the other side Sunday night.
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