Pre-Season San Juan Trip

Saturday & Sunday, June 7-8, 2008

We headed out to the San Juans this weekend to do a little pre-season exploring. Here’s some pictures.

We started out by heading up to Animas Forks
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Lots of snow on the way there
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Duncan Residence
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View from inside
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Then we headed up Cinnamon Pass
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A lot of snow up there, too
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At the pass.
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We didn’t to head all the way to Lake City just to have to turn around and come back again, so we headed back down to Animas Forks for lunch. We will do the complete Alpine Loop as soon as it opens up 😉

After lunch we decided to head up Minnie Gulch to see how far we could get

Remains of the Caledonia Mill next to Minnie Creek
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The Caledonia Mill boarding house
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Then we were stopped by a large drift, with many more following it
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After heading back down, we decided to give Maggie Gulch a try

On the trail
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But again, we were stopped by a drift on a section of shelf road….so we headed back to Silverton, but took a few side roads along the way.
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On Sunday we headed back to Silverton for a little breakfast and stopped by the Miner’s Shrine
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…where we also got a good view over Silverton with Kendall Mountain in the background
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After breakfast, we headed over to check out Yankee Boy Basin

Looks like there was an avalanche here
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Twin Falls (looks much better when the grass is green and the wildflowers are blooming)
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Went a little further before turning around….still a lot of snow here, too
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