Day Trip to the San Juan’s

Saturday, September 6, 2008

On Saturday Amanda and I headed out for a day trip to the San Juan Mountains. We drove there, ran a few trails, and drove home on one tank of gas….so that wasn’t too bad. 🙂

We started off by heading up Poughkeepsie Gulch
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Lake Como
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After spending a little time at Lake Como, we took the short trip up to the top of California Pass
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Then we headed back down and took the road up to Hurricane Pass

Great views down on Lake Como
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Red Mountain #1 and Corkscrew Pass trail in the distance
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It just so happens that Corkscrew Pass was our next destination…

Near the top of the pass with Red Mountain #2
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Old cabin and Red Mountain #2
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When we made it down to the bottom of Corkscrew Gulch, we took a right turn and headed up Brown Mountain

First we came across the Silver Mountain Mine
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Then as we climbed higher onto the mountain and out of the trees, we were offered good views of the surrounding area
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Looking across at Red Mountain #1
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Looking down on Ironton Park and the highway
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After heading back down to US 550, it was time to go finish a trail I started with Alex on the 4th of July weekend, when were were stopped by a snow drift…..US Basin & Browns Gulch

View into US Basin
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Looking across the valley at Black Bear Pass trail and the trail that goes up to Porphyry Basin (US 550 down below)
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The trail high above the highway
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Brooklyn Mine
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Finally, before heading home for the day we headed up into Porphyry Basin. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this trail, but it turned out being my favorite of the day 🙂 The only issue I had was a flat tire (I’m pretty sure I was due for a flat with all the trails I run).

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