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Old40Dog 07-15-2013 06:27 PM

Annual Ouray Run – Labor Day Weekend, August 31-September 2, 2013
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This annual run has become a club favorite. Traveling the mountain passes by 4x4 is a wonderful way to experience the magnificent mountains surrounding Ouray. Ouray has been nicknamed the "Switzerland of America." The immediate vicinity offers limitless opportunities for four-wheeling, from easy scenic drives to rugged challenges, along trails miners built to passes that climb to spectacular heights. The trails traverse some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, abundant with wildflowers, ghost towns, abandoned mines, animal life (good chance of seeing moose), all with breathtaking vistas.

Check out area camping info here or camp at the 4J Campground within walking distance of a relaxing soak in the Ouray Hot Springs Pool. You can also stay at the Amphitheater forest service campground above town or the KOA about 10 minutes North of town.

San Juan Roads and Ghost Town Map attached to this post at the bottom. Check the links to the various trails to "TrailDamage.com" for more info.

Saturday – Option 1 Governor Basin/Yankee Boy - Nestled at an elevation between 11500 and 12000 feet, Yankee Boy Basin contains some of the most prolific stands of wildflowers in the state. The basin itself is surrounded by several breathtaking peaks—Mt Sneffels, Potosi Peak, Teakettle Mountain, Cirque Mountain, Stony Mountain, and Gilpin Mountain. Most are 13,500 or higher. The Governor Basin trail splits off from the Yankee Boy and climbs up to the edge of Humboldt Basin, and on to the Humboldt, Virginius, and Mountain Top mines. You drive to the Mountain Top Mine, but the remains of the Humboldt Mine cannot be reached by 4x4, but the old trail can be hiked. We’ll also take the Sydney Basin loop before returning to Ouray.

Saturday - Option 2) Poughkeepsie Gulch/Corkscrew Gulch . Poughkeepsie Gulch is a moderate trail, but some spots may be difficult for mostly stock vehicles. Corkscrew Gulch trail climbs via numerous switchbacks, the last few of which are steep and narrow. At the summit (at 12,217 ft) is the red soil of the famous Red Mountains 1, 2 & 3 visible to the south.

Saturday 6PM - Pot Luck; At the 4J's group picnic area. Bring your own main dish and a side dish or dessert to share.

Sunday - Black Bear Pass to Telluride -, lunch in the city park. You can take a brief walk along Main Street, stop for ice cream or your favorite fru-fru coffee. We'll take Imogene Pass for the return trip to Ouray.

All runs meet @ 8:00AM in the parking lot by the Ouray Hot Springs. Depart 8:30 AM!

Post up you're trail preferences if you’re planning to attend.

Here's what it looks like so far......

Dave & Idelle-Fri-Black Bear/Imogene
Sat=Governors Basin/Yankee Boy
Sun= Black Bear/Imogene
Romer–Sat=Poughkeepsie Gulch/Corkscrew
Sun= Black Bear/Imogene
Sarah & Josh–Sat=Poughkeepsie Gulch/Corkscrew
Sun= Black Bear/Imogene
Travis-Fri=Black Bear/Imogene
Sat=Poughkeepsie Gulch/Corkscrew
Daniel M-Sat=Governors Basin/Yankee Boy
Sun=Black Bear/Imogene
Trey-Sat=Poughkeepsie Gulch/Corkscrew
Sun= Black Bear/Imogene
Martin Boersma-Sat=Governors Basin/Yankee Boy
Sun=Black Bear/Imogene
Andrew-Sat=Poughkeepsie Gulch/Corkscrew
Sun=Black Bear/Imogene
Matt-Sat=Poughkeepsie Gulch/Corkscrew
Sun=Black Bear/Imogene
RidinDurty-Sat=Governors Basin/Yankee Boy
Sun=Black Bear/Imogene
Dan K and the whole Famn Damily-Sat=Governors Basin/Yankee Boy
Sun=Black Bear/Imogene
Thanasi-Sun=Black Bear/Imogene
Art, Megan & Family-Sat=Governors Basin/Yankee Boy

Jonathan H-Subscribed
BJ-Up in the air still-Sat=Poughkeepsie Gulch/Corkscrew
Sun= ?
11thcavdrt-Doug-Definite Maybe-Sat=Governors Basin/Yankee Boy
Sun=Black Bear/Imogene
cbmontgo =Subscribed
Josh and Angelina-Undecided

Romer 07-15-2013 09:47 PM

Definite maybe for Sarah and I (Two trucks)

cbmontgo 07-16-2013 10:38 AM


rockrod 07-16-2013 04:29 PM

I ran poughkeepsie over july 4th weekend. the trail itself wasn't too bad, but the obstacle has changed a good bit since the last time I ran it in 1997.

The 80 (on 285 coopers and mild lift) still conquered it though without any drama. It's dug out at the top and that may catch someone's rocker panel as the rig crests over. Use a spotter. I didn't mess with the other obstacle by the tree. Not even a buddy in his early bronco on 40s could make it without using a winch.

I also ran Imogene to Telluride and that trails was awesome. The scenery is amazing and the columbine were everywhere as you got close to the top.

Romer 07-16-2013 05:48 PM

BTW - we would do Option 2 on Saturday. Haven't done that

baja1d 07-17-2013 09:40 PM


Inukshuk 07-18-2013 12:02 PM


baja1d 07-18-2013 02:11 PM

Just booked 4J. We'll be arriving 8/29 & running black bear/ Imogene on Friday (We've gotta head back Sunday morning for work on Monday). Anyone else showing up early?

jonharis 07-23-2013 09:32 AM

Since We've moved the 100s in the Hills up a month, I'm going to try to make this one. Subscribed!

11thcavdrt 07-28-2013 12:22 AM

Labor Day trip to Ouary!
Hi all, 11thcavdrt here: Delinitly maybe for myself(maybe due to on going son health
Issue in Wichitia,Ks. Finally home last week after 10 weeks in Hosptial, looking good so far
To be over several different issues, spent alot time there,lots of miles on the good ol 96
Tacoma!) So if all holds good, will be there. Option # 1 for Saturday, Blk bear on Sunday1
Should be able to make the upcoming mtg this coming Wed.

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