Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Whew -- what a day! So, the plan changed a bit. We did Yankee Boy Basin, Governer's Basin AND Imogene Pass today! Yankee Basin was pretty cool, great scenery, but pretty crowded. We then did Governer's Basin, or as much of it as we could. About 2.5 miles up, there was still too much snow to go beyond. The girlfriend was perfectly fine with that -- she wasn't too thrilled being the passenger on that run! hehe
Because we got enough of an early start, we ended up doing Imogene pass starting off the trail by Yankee Basin and Governer's Basin near Ouray and took that all the way to Telluride. Let me preface this by saying that what inspired me to do this were the pictures from last year's rally. As good as those pictures were, after actually doing the trails today, those pictures did not do it justice. Imogene Pass was such a pleasure of a trail! The creek crossings were fun, there were quite a few challenging areas, and I can't say enough great things about the scenery. We took TONS of pictures, but it will probably be a few days before I get them uploaded.
Because we fit Imogene in today, we have time for 1, maybe 2 trails tomorrow. I promised the girlfriend that whatever trails we do, they wouldn't be too terribly difficult. Between the three trails we did today, stopping, getting out, exploring the areas, taking pictures, etc, today was a FULL day to say the least. Luckily, there was a hot tub in our hotel, so I'm feeling pretty refreshed right now, but the girlfriend passed out hard LOL.
Anyways, based on the pictures from last year's rally, I'm really leaning towards Cinnamon Pass to American Basin. I probably won't be able to get back online for a couple days after tonight, but I'll post pics and update this thread with what we end up doing.
Again, what inspired me to do this was reading last year's Rally thread and seeing all of the pictures. THANK YOU to the people who posted their experiences and pictures. We are THOROUGHLY enjoying ourselves out here!!! I've lived in Colorado most of my life and I don't think that I've ever seen such beauty in this state as I've seen today! The only disappointment is that there isn't a rally this year. It would have been GREAT fun doing all of these trails with a bunch of Touaregs! Hopefully next year!
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