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C to C 2020
Day 3 - Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Engineer Pass & Animas Forks townsite


Day 3 (red line) - We'll start at the motel in Gunnison, trek down to Lake City and head west up-n-over Engineer Pass with a nice stop at the Ute-Ulay mine just out of Lake City. Just after Engineer Pass we'll make the required stop at Odom Point, where lunch was enjoyed. There was some spitting rain but not too much. Rain showers, off in a mountain valley, do make for nice photos. After lunch we'll jump down to the Animas Forks townsite to spend a fair bit of time exploring the buildings that are standing and the foundations of the buildings long ago taken down - by either the workers when the town shut down or by the weather over the years.

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0) Web page start
1) Engineer Pass start / Ute-Ulay Mine
2) Rose Lime Kiln / Bonanza-Empire Chief
3) Engineer Pass & Odom Point
4) Animas Forks townsite
5) Frisco-Bagley Mill
6) California Pass










Snow speckled mountains in the distance - we're going there!




Info sign
Lake Fork of the Gunnison
Click the sign for a larger version (back button to return)










Welcome to Lake City Colorado




Head'n west on the trail
The broken dam at the Ute-Ulay mine






















The brick chimney does not sit on the ground / built-up floor.




At the right, just inside of the door, is likely the stove/oven that was positioned below the brick chimney

























Let's see if we can peek through the grate...










Farm tractor engine & transmission - with hood - repurposed for lift operation







Info Sign
Ute-Ulay - The Mine that made Lake City







Info sign
Troops Enroute







The main gate




A smaller gate, higher up










One of a couple notable houses up this valley...







An off-colored fan of rock, sometimes with a hole in the rock - they dot the area







Info sign
Rose Lime Kiln







Disappearing mountainside stream




The landslide area - see the huge blanket of snow?  No?




There's a closer look - perhaps three to five feet thick.




Info sign
Bonanza Empire Chief

These two info signs aren't faring well - they're getting battered / bent by yet more avalanche activity.




Info sign
White Death




A "some day" road to explore




We're past the end of the "county road" and are on the more "tail" portion of the trail. In the picture, far left, is the second of the two notable homes - though I'm not certain if this structure is used as a home.







Rain in the distance. Up near Engineer Pass - more mine activity / relics.







We're up in those white speckled mountains!

Lunch at Odom Point







Panorama
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While we were up at Odom point, a jogger / hiker ran through the area and down the side of the point. A few minutes later someone asks - where'd the runner go?  We looked down the slopes and this is the view - he's checking the map to decide where to go.




Down from Odom Point we're at a pull-out while up-hill traffic passes - about 20 vehicles - mostly side-by-side's




Nice views!




Do rather do enjoy scenic "window shots".




Denver Lake
There are some rock fans near the trail - we'll stop and check'm out.










Not much to see




Panorama
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At Animas Forks townsite




Animas Jail




Info sign
1882 Animas Forks Jail










The Animas Forks townsite, what is standing, is trying to be saved. A large component for the task is to keep a good roof on each building. This roof structure is new.

























A kitchen. The removable board(s) give access to the under floor larder.







Some view out the front door.







Catching the sun / clouds 'just right'.













Info sign
The William Duncan House




Northwest from Animas Forks is the Frisco-Bagley Mill

Additional info at
www.HistoryColorado.org/location/frisco-bagley-mill  (archive PDF)




This was a pre-fab building - the numbering used to put the pieces back together.













Massive timbers




I don't think I'd enter the building on a windy day - as a portion of the roof could get dislodged.







A table with some remaining wood strips. The table would have been completely covered with strips like these that remain. Water / slurry would flow over these wood strips with the heavy particles (gold!) settling out - not able to make it over a wood strip.




Across the valley







We noticed that there were remains from a cable-car line that extended across the valley and way high on the mountainside. Almost out of view was an unusual concrete structure. Viewing it via satellite, it's mostly "just a wall". Perhaps a cable-car tower was in the earth at this spot, held up by the wall.

GPS coordinates
37.926178, -107.583532
3755'34.2"N 10735'00.7"W
















Vibrant colors in the afternoon sun




Looking down upon the valley we just traveled




Ken and I were here with a group back in 2015. Then, this boiler was upright on its stand.

The day's photos:
www.JimWilliamson.net/automobile/2015-08-01-five-days-in-southwest-colorado/

Direct image link (there are several pictures of it in the above link)
www.JimWilliamson.net/automobile/2015-08-01-five-days-in-southwest-colorado/2015-08-02--sun/img_5602.jpg




Lake Como





















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