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CO offroad trip #5 - Tons of pics and video

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by NetMonkey, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. Jul 17, 2011 at 2:46 PM
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    NetMonkey

    NetMonkey [OP] Well-Known Member

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    me, Jace (lotsoftoys), Jason (DOT) and Bob (NYCO) went from Idaho Springs to Georgetown via Cascade Creek>Saxon Mountain then went up Guenalla Pass to McClellan Mountain.

    this was the first time i have been able to go out with a group of people. previously, i have gone out alone and i have been very cautious about the trails and obstacles that i would tackle. going out with the group allowed my to try harder trails and increase my offroad skills. now that i have done these trails, i have a new threshhold as to what i will attempt.

    also, i had a friend with me taking pictures so i had a ton to go through. i culled them all down to about 170 pictures and 8 compiled videos.

    so, here we go...

    airing down before starting cascade creek trail. jace in the foreground and bob in the background
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    my truck in the foreground and jasons in the background
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    heading up the trail
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    at this turn off, jace was like, "hey, whats up there?" he did that throughout the entire trip and it got to be really funny. we used him and his truck as the litmus test for many areas.
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    jace and bob about to try going up this hill with soft and loose dirt
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    they got to the end of the trail and had to turn around
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    classic jace expression. he was like a kid in a candy store out here
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    video of this hill
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    continuing up the trail. this bypass leads past a mine and merges up with Ute Creek trail
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    at the mine
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    looking inside the mine from the gate
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    cabin at the mine
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    gate on the mine entrance
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    piece of machinery at the mine. it was hard to tell what all this machine did, but i had 2 engines and what looked like a water pump on one side. it also smelled of oil inside.
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    inside the cabin
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    debris near the mine
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    view from the mine
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    we got to a split in the trail and jace came on the cb and said, "hey, look at that up there!"
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    we chuckled and then continued onto the main trail :)
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    jace excitedly found some water :)
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    this was just past the first obstacle. approaching this obstabcle from the truck made it seem much bigger than it really was. once i got over it, i realized that it was really no big deal.
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    i did however scratch my rims. in the end, i got 8 scratches on 2 rims. oh well... it was bound to happen :)
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    here is the video of going over the obstacle. you can hear jace saying, "ohh! whats that !?!" :) also, i was flamed for my "ATRAC training wheels" :) also, i think i could have aired my tires down more. i dropped them to 23psi, but i think i will try 18psi next time.
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    view from the top of saxon mountain
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    it was a long way down
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    you can see I70 down below
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    looking down the valley towards georgetown
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    I70 and the lake in georgetown
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    tons of these little guys running around up there :)
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    stopping for a little break and some lunch. jace was eating some crackers and bob made him lick off all the salty coating before giving it to his dog. it would have been funny if the dog refused the cracker after that :)
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    continuing down saxon mountain. was came to the switchbacks above georgetown. these were steep, tight, and rocky. there had been many rock slides along the trail and it made it interesting to maneuver around them.
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    georgetown below the switchbacks
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    very narrow and very steep. many 180 degree turns. here there is one coming up on the right center of this pic
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    bob about to make a 180 degree turn
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    bob making the turn
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    very steep drops
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    me in the process of making a 180 degree turn
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    bob turning down a short, but steep and rocky bypass
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    here is the video of everyone going down that bypass
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtrHgDIxLiY
     
  2. Jul 17, 2011 at 2:46 PM
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    NetMonkey

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    part 2..

    so we got down from saxon mountain and started to head up argentine pass/mcclellan mountain. here, bob decided that we should go up this bypass. he headed up first to check it out. once he got to the top we all headed up. however, when i got half way up he said, "nope, back down." turns out that there were some huge boulders in the creek that would have bene impassable for us.
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    this is what was at the top. there are some large rocks in the way.
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    the water was moving fast up there
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    so we backed down and continued along the main trail
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    much of this trail had water coming down it or across it.
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    it got narrow and there were areas that you could not pass in
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    so we got to this one area where the trail just seemed to end. as it turned out, the snow run off had over flowed the main stream and it had diverted down the trail. but we didnt know if the trail was passable, but jace we ready to find out :)
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    here is jace all excited about exploring up the stream :)
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    so we waited here while jace went exploring up the stream. he eventually radioed back down giving the all clear and then we headed up
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    the trail got narrow in some spots
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    especially narrow when try to get around boulders :)
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    this pile of boulders forced us to to go around
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    bob coming up the stream
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    then we got to this spot. this crossing appears simple, but the second half has a 3-4 foot drop off. we watched while jace tried crossing first. once he made it across, then we all followed :) here he is waiting for me to cross. he spotted nicely :)
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    here is me crossing. the water went above my tires, half way up my door, and up to my headlights. this was awesome :)
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    continuing up mcclellan trail
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    this area got very rocky and narrow. it was a slow crawl all the way up
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    the mclellan trail finally merged with the argentine trail. the other guys decided to continue up the mclellan trail, but i stayed on the argentine trail up to waldorf mine.
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    here is bob turning up to continue on the mcclellan trail. it was funny to listen to them on the cb as they went up this trail. "oh shit, thats narrow". "ohh... colorado racing stripes". "wait, that rock looks much bigger when you are right next to it" :)
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    up past 12000 feet and we are still seeing snow in july
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    almost to waldorf mine
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    valley across from waldorf mine
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    waldorf mine
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    the mine. its been sealed, but water flows from it.
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    awesome views out here
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    lots of people were up here... hikers, bicyclists, dirt bikers, families, etc...
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    piece of machinery up here. it looks like it was a water pump and there is some remants of a structure that enclosed it.
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    debris from what was a building here. you can see lots of lumber, rebarb, foundations, etc..
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    old equipment of some sort
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    cabin off on the hill across the valley from the mine
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    video from the waldorf wine
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    there is very steep and lose trail up the side of the mountain. i saw a '90s ford F-250 try to go up it and it had a hell of a time. it dug itself in deep and the guy kept having to try different lines. but jace? nope. he just drop right up it like it was nothing :) here he is coming down.
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    heading back down. the other guys tried heading up to top of mccellan mountain, but i was getting tired so i headed back. as it turned out, there was too much snow on the trail and they couldnt get up anyway.
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    this is near the start of the argentine pass trail. the runn off had washed out this road and made a HUGE chasm
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    here is some video of it
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    thanks for the run guys, it was alot of fun :)
     
  3. Jul 17, 2011 at 5:18 PM
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    Monumental

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    Awesome looking trip and great pics! Let me know the next time you are dong one and I'll try to make it down.
     
  4. Jul 17, 2011 at 9:17 PM
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    great pics and vids!!!!!

    enjoyed going through that, thank you for getting all that..

    we'll definitely have to hit that trail up again and explore up near the mines some more..

    stole some pics and vids for my build page btw..thanks
     
  5. Jul 17, 2011 at 10:02 PM
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    Kappes03

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    Nice pics. Jeff, Justin, Matt and I were up Saxon on Thursday night/ Friday. That obstical you got your scratches at is where Jeff and I camped where the remains of the cabin are.
     
  6. Jul 17, 2011 at 10:17 PM
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    Sweet looking trip man.

    You took some awesome pics. Thanks for documenting!
     
  7. Jul 17, 2011 at 11:16 PM
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    got pix? :D
     
  8. Jul 18, 2011 at 9:44 AM
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    ohh, just a few :)
     
  9. Aug 20, 2011 at 5:46 PM
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    so when i was out there, i never made it up to the santiago mine. so my wife and i went out there today to check it out. its funny, the first time i did those trails it was kind of intense for me because i hadnt done a trail that difficult. today, it was no big deal.

    anyway, here are a bunch of pics from the santiago mine. it looks like someone is trying to restore the mine. there were many areas that had fresh wood tacked onto the building.

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  10. Aug 22, 2011 at 7:44 AM
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    glad you made it up there again...such a great place to visit..that whole area is a great place to visit when the leaves start changing
     
  11. Aug 22, 2011 at 12:40 PM
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    Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Aug 22, 2011 at 1:15 PM
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    Looks like a great trip, thanks for the photos!
     
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