So we want to end up on Chicago Ck. road and take it home via Echo Lake/Squaw pass. That's sounds like a fine plan for me to avoid I70. Going into Idaho Springs, then directly up and north to Central City would be another option for some (OMG Road or something).
Ute Ck. or Cascade Ck. roads will both get us oto Chicago Ck Rd. Ute Ck. will be quicker based on our timing. They can be confusing to find so here is a map of them. I'm pretty familiar with those roads but will have this map just in case. Spring Ck trail connects near the top left of the map where it says "Forest Svr Rd"
Scott Yoder KD0DHP
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