Trail Ride 2005

We had a great time; well, most of us anyway. The Old Tin Cup shortcut presented a particular challenge to two riders on Monday. Dan's group found out on Thursday how miserable and cold it could get when a cold front moves through and it rains hard. Did I hear somebody mention snowflakes? They got caught on Cumberland Pass in a downpour. It showered on all of us everyday but that is expected this time of year.

There were several roads that were blocked by snow in the Crested Butte area. The avalanche damage was also extensive. I saw several pine trees ten to twelve inches in diameter sheared off at the base. Several aspen groves were recovering from being flattened and there was a lot of debris in the bottom of the creeks and rivers.

I checked out the Iron Chest trail while we were in the area. They had removed all the big rocks in order to carry supplies to seal the old mine at the top. It was leaching bad things into Chalk Creek. They have replaced most of the big rocks on the trail. It is not as difficult as when Lloyd and I rode it in 2003, (see pictures on TR 2003 page) but it is still difficult to extreme.

Photos by Bruce Branson

Going up Antero Monday - 13,200 ft. - Notice the ATVs on the trail below.

Going up Antero Monday - 13,200 ft. - Notice the ATVs on the trail below.

Looking down from Antero 14,100 feet - Monday

Looking down from Antero 14,100 feet - Monday

Heard of elk - Williams Pass - Tuesday

Heard of elk - Williams Pass - Tuesday

Williams Pass looking back toward Tomichi Pass- Tuesday

Williams Pass looking back toward Tomichi Pass - Tuesday

Tomichi Pass - from Hancock - Tuesday

Tomichi Pass - from Hancock - Tuesday

Hancock Pass from Tomichi - Tuesday

Hancock Pass from Tomichi - Tuesday

Marmont want an Oreo? - Hancock Pass - Tuesday

Marmot want an Oreo? - Hancock Pass - Tuesday

West side of Alpine Tunnel/Palisades Wall from Tomichi - Tuesday

West side of Alpine Tunnel/Palisades Wall from Tomichi - Tuesday

The following link will route you to history of the Alpine Tunnel/Palisades Wall.
http://www.norske.org/colorado/ghosttowns/alpinetunnel/alpine_tunnel.htm

West side of Paradise Divide/Ule Pass - Wednesday

West side of Paradise Divide/Ule Pass - Wednesday

Emerald Lake - The road below was blocked by snow but passable - Wednesday

Emerald Lake - The road below was blocked by snow but passable - Wednesday

Old townsite of Scholfield - Wednesday

Old townsite of Scholfield - Wednesday

The entrance to Crystal River Canyon was still blocked by snow.

The entrance to Crystal River Canyon was still blocked by snow.

Gothic Mountain/Upper end of Natural Area - Wednesday

Gothic Mountain/Upper end of Natural Area - Wednesday

Gothic Natural Area/Crested Butte Ski Area in background

Gothic Natural Area/Crested Butte Ski Area in background

Group going up east side of Paradise Divide - Wednesday

Group going up east side of Paradise Divide - Wednesday

Taylor Reservoir - Friday

Taylor Reservoir - Friday

One of the Texas Lakes on Texas Creek - Friday

One of the Texas Lakes on Texas Creek - Friday