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Old 08-02-2017, 07:46 PM
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Default Annual Ouray Runs - September 2-3, 2017

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 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. 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 last 2 years we did a base camp near Ironton. (Near Corkscrew Gulch Trail & Million Dollar Hwy) I'll plan to arrive on Aug 30 and secure a spot large enough for those wanting to camp in this area. Of course you can still check out other area camping info in this post 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.

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 and stop for lunch 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 Ironton area camp. Bring your own main dish and a side dish or dessert to share.

Sunday - The famous 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.

Saturday runs meet @ 8:30AM in the parking lot by the Ouray Hot Springs. Depart 9:00 AM!

Sunday run meet up @ 8:30AM, Depart 9:00 AM at Corkscrew/Million Dollar Hwy (Approximately 8 mi South of Ouray on Hwy 550).

Post up you're trail preferences and if you're interested in camping near Ironton. It will be anoth FUN weekend!
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Old 08-05-2017, 08:32 AM
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Count me in again please!! I'll be attending the Saturday runs, but not Black Bear pass this time. I would love like to do option 2 this year!
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Old 08-05-2017, 11:46 AM
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Me, little brother and small dog, should be down on the 31st.
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Old 08-05-2017, 05:12 PM
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See you all there. But will be camping elsewhere.
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:24 PM
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I might run up depending on my schedule.
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My family and I are in. Will do a run Saturday for sure and attend the pot luck. Sunday we might point towards Silverton to check out Stony Pass - and look for a back way to Creede with maybe some camping.
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I'm in! Save me a camping spot.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:13 PM
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I just did the san juan camping trip and wont be in town for this. Traveling for work sucks! I hope to be at the rally to meet all you.

Almost put the cruiser on its side way up by carson city pass. It rained all week and i was straddling this just as the side gave way.




ENJOY your trip and be safe out there!
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I would love to do the Sunday black bear ride. I have family coming in so would have two trucks.
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Since I missed FJ Summit and haven't been to this Labor Day excursion in years I think I will be mixing it up and attending. Can't not go to Ouray!
If there's room I may join near Ironton, most likely RTT.
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