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San Juan Independence Weekend | Saturday

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Saturday was another early day for us. Our destination was Telluride for some breakfast. We hopped onto Ophir Pass and made our way there.

On our way to Ophir Pass

View from Ophir Pass

Road down the other side into Ophir

After some breakfast burritos in Telluride, we headed up the lower switchbacks of Black Bear Pass to checkout Bridal Falls

When we are back in the area at the end of July, we hope Black Bear will be open so we can run the whole trail.

We then made our way back down to town so that we could head up and over Imogene Pass, which had just opened two days before. (just ignore the sign)


Unfortunately, we ran into a lot of traffic on this trail in both directions

Another tour truck coming through the Social Tunnel

Old structure at the Tomboy ghost town site

Almost at the pass, looking back down

The top of Imogene Pass…just as a thunderstorm came rolling in and it started to rain/sleet

View up Imogene Creek

Once back at Camp Bird Road, it was time to find Alex. He said he was going to spend the day in Yankee Boy Basin, so we took a quick drive up there looking for him.

Twin Falls….a lot less snow than a month ago

Not only did we not find Alex there, but the trail wasn’t open all the way to the Blue Lakes trailhead yet, so we turned around and headed back down to Ouray


We stopped for dinner in Ouray at Maggie’s Kitchen where they claimed to have the best burger in town. They had good burgers, and it is a small town…but it certainly wasn’t the best burger I have ever had.

Before calling it a day, we made a short drive up to the Bandora Mine near our campsite.

Trail to Bandora Mine

The Bandora Mine

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