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is somewhat a driving day. Our next destination is the gold mine tour
at Cripple Creek Colorado at least by tomorrow afternoon. We could make it an
asphalt day - driving US-550 north to Montrose then east on US-50 - but
we have enough time so why not check out some alternate routes. A
checkbox item for me is to see what the road from Silverton to Animas
Forks is like - is it family sedan capable? From Animas Forks, Cinnamon
Pass is a yet-to-visit trail that heads east to Lake City. From Lake
City I'm somewhat thinking of dropping southeast on CO-149 to Creede /
South Fork / Del Norte with a destination of Cripple Creek. In the end, by the
time we made Lake City we were in "find a campsite" mode. Not urgent -
but that was the task.
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0) Web page start
1) Bear Creek Falls
3) Start Cinnamon Pass trail
4) American Basin
5) Lake San Christobol
6) UPS delivers to the forest
|Out from the campsite, a couple 90-deg turns
in the road and we're down to the stream crossing.
|Out to US-550 for a fuel stop at Ouray
|Old mine structure at the roadside
|The classic US-550 asphalt ribbon cut into the
side of the mountain picture
|A couple structures across the valley - tan
fan of rock at the building on the right
Be on the lookout for these native wildlife species
A snapshot of the geology at Bear Creek Falls
Pathfinder of the San Juans
|Bear Creek Falls
|Head'n back to camp to pack and get moving east
packed and on the move - heading south on US-550 to Silverton where
we'll take the county road up to Animas Forks - stop for lunch then
jump over Cinnamon Pass to Lake City
|The train depot - no trains today
|An M2 half-track. Sorry no full photo.
and Mark should recognise these two mill foundations - the older,
wooden mill to the left and the newer, larger concrete foundation to
|A first for me - the county gravel road to
Animas Forks from Silverton
|With 'just a bit' of snow remaining.
|Up at Animas Forks. We'll enjoy lunch here.
|On the move to Cinnamon Pass - looking back
towards Animas Forks (that would be in the valley)
|A bit of mining here too. Perhaps another day
to spend some time walking to the structures.
- un-natural "straight line" heading to the tan fan of rock. Someone
dedicated some time to do a bit of digging and perhaps "strike it rich".
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|Looking east / northeast to where we'll be
I think this will be the last "above timberline" visit for the trip. We'll travel to Slumgullion Summit and Monarch Pass - but I believe both are still below timberline.
|On the move with some passenger side pictures
|Until we reach those switchbacks
|Things are GREEN!
|A nice surprise - a beautiful mountain scene.
It's called American Basin
There's a parking lot in the basin and then a hiking trail up and over the ridge at the left of this picture.
how the trees, uphill from the creek, are blown uphill - the flowing
avalanche doesn't stop when it meets the valley - it has momentum and
flows uphill on the other side, taking out more trees.
|In the valley approaching Lake San Christobol
- near Lake City
|In search of a campsite we'll stop at the
lookout point for the lake.
have left the asphalt highway with the campground at Slumgullion
was a campground up at the summit - void of trees (lots of wind) and
high in elevation. It'd be a COLD night. We're jumping down on some
forest service road that shows three campgrounds. I'm hoping the road
DROPS in elevation quickly before we get to the campground / hoping
they're at a lower / warmer elevation.
driven by two campgrounds. The second looked promising. Moving to the
third to check it out - all are within a mile or two of each other.
third "campground" is now a day use picknic area. C
wished to make a stop and while waiting I see UPS coming down, what I
believe to be some forest service road - quick grab the camera for a
shot. It's 6:15pm and in my book - THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.