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Inukshuk
07-15-2012, 07:46 PM
Popular weekend for Rising Sun on Kingston Peak this weekend (see also "Kingston Peak 7/14/12")

Perry, Dmitry, Zan and Jayna and I left Denver at 7:50 AM, stopped for Wendy's and away we went. We marveled at the huge casinos in Blackhawk and perry talked about what it was like to spend time there as a kid since his mother lived there for a while.

Shawn (Cardinalfj60) and Mitch (TonkaToy) were at the meeting spot, Dave (Old40Dog) and his wife Idelle arrived soon after.

Moon Gulch is very overgrown and pinstriping was inevitable. That trail could use a good visit with some chainsaws. It was, however, much less slippery than when covered in snow in the dark.

Once clear of the twisty off-camber bits we topped out and turned left to Kingston Peak. We climbed above treeline and marveled in the views of the James Peak Wilderness area. At our lunch spot you could see a trail down to the lakes and probably very nice wilderness camping a mile in. We made some backpackers very happy sharing frozen mini-eclairs form my borrowed ARB freezer.

After lunch we continued the climb and topped out at the Rock House overlooking Loch Lamond. That looks like a fun place to camp as well. We then drove down through Bristlecone Pines and into Alice. Finally we got to Idaho Springs and aired up at the old Sinclair Station - which we highly recommend for a good old fashioned gas station experience and the Best Air in Idaho Springs (thanks Perry for the tip).

It was a nice cool day in the high country.

Inukshuk
07-15-2012, 07:47 PM
The Google Earth file is attached below.

Thanks all for a great day!

TonkaToy
07-16-2012, 07:31 AM
It was a great day with no breakdowns or injuries. It was great to see/meet everyone. Thanks for the day, everyone!

CardinalFJ60
07-16-2012, 03:19 PM
I had never connected that upper Moon Gulch to Kingston - it's a nice run. AND...as Jacket mentioned, pretty tight.

here's a link to my pics. (taken with the Nikon 1 for practice)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22870495@N08/sets/72157630602181072/

nakman
07-16-2012, 04:12 PM
I had never connected that upper Moon Gulch to Kingston - it's a nice run. AND...as Jacket mentioned, pretty tight.

/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/22870495@N08/sets/72157630602181072/)

A lot more fun than just bombing it up to Tolland, huh? you can thank the Spooky team for that one.. ;) I'm sure Dmitry told you, as he took that cool night shot on the back of your calendar.

Inukshuk
07-16-2012, 11:28 PM
you can thank the Spooky team for that one..

We did! Many times.

I had never connected that upper Moon Gulch to Kingston - it's a nice run. AND...as Jacket mentioned, pretty tight.

here's a link to my pics. (taken with the Nikon 1 for practice)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22870495@N08/sets/72157630602181072/

great shots

TonkaToy
07-17-2012, 10:43 AM
Awesome pics, thanks for sharing em'. I like the one of Floyd 'Driving'!

rover67
07-17-2012, 11:46 AM
looks like fun!

Did you guys drop off a rock from a far away place?

Old40Dog
07-17-2012, 06:02 PM
Thanks everyone! We had a fun day!

bh4rnnr
07-17-2012, 08:31 PM
A fun outing! Thanks for letting me tag along Daniel! Such great country so close to town!

:beer::beer:

Inukshuk
07-18-2012, 12:41 AM
Did you guys drop off a rock from a far away place?

Nope, we will have to go back.

Thanks everyone! We had a fun day!

:thumb:

A fun outing! Thanks for letting me tag along Daniel! Such great country so close to town! :beer::beer:

Of course! I think you have driven my tuck offroad as much as I have this year

thelal
07-18-2012, 12:23 PM
here's a link to my pics. (taken with the Nikon 1 for practice)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22870495@N08/sets/72157630602181072/

Luv the rain pictures - nice...

CruiserFredo
07-20-2012, 05:59 PM
I recently was just there doing some camping for a few days. Beautiful area! Here are some pictures.

http://images52.fotki.com/v733/photos/7/464037/9260879/Image17-vi.jpg

http://images61.fotki.com/v1609/photos/7/464037/9260879/Image18-vi.jpg

http://images12.fotki.com/v155/photos/7/464037/9260879/Image24-vi.jpg