Searching for Paradox

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Another 12 hour day in the books. This time with Amanda. I figured that since I have now driven the Kokopelli and the Tabeguache, I would just finish off the Grand Loop and find a 4×4 route of the Paradox Trail.

We got an early start this morning and headed towards Gateway, CO where I topped off my tank before heading up John Brown Canyon and the Gateway-Castleton Road to the start of the Paradox Trail. I won’t get into the details of the trail in this post, but I will say that the first half of the trail (50ish miles) went very smoothly. However, the second half of the trail did not, as I ran into some washed out sections of trail that I could not drive and then had to backtrack quite a ways. I am going to have to try to find some different routes for the second half of the trail in the future.

Here’s some photos from the day.

The start
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Taylor Flat
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Keep an eye out for the trail markers
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La Sals
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The wildlife was abundant near the La Sals
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View down into Paradox Valley from Carpenter Ridge
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Drove past a lot of active and abandoned mines
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Back on the Uncompahgre
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