This annual run is a club favorite. Traveling the mountain passes in your favorite Toyota 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. Here is a link to some other Forest Service campgrounds
in the area.
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
- 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
. 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.