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    Along Engineer Pass

    This last Saturday, Amanda and I headed back to the San Juan Mountains. My goal for this day trip was to explore some spur roads off of the Engineer Pass trail that I have not been down before. We started at Mineral Creek off of US 550 and made our way towards Engineer Pass.

    Our first stop was at the Mickey Breene Mine












    We skipped by Poughkeepsie Gulch this trip, since I have run that one before. Our first side trip was through Mineral Point. I have seen this area from the road and above on Engineer Pass many times, but had never taken the time to

    drive through it and check it out more closely. I'm glad I finally did, as there is some cool stuff to see and photograph! Here's a few of the photos I took while exploring Mineral Point:



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    After looping back around to the Mineral Creek Road, we bypassed the turnoff for Engineer Pass and headed up Burrows Creek. Another short spur trail I have wanted to check out for a while.









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    After returning to the North Fork Cutoff Road from Burrows Creek we backtracked to the Engineer Pass turnoff and started up the switchbacks. There is a trail that takes off from one of the switchbacks that I have always wanted to follow, so I decided to follow it today. It ended up being another short spur, but it ended at a great overlook of Redcloud Gulch. From the overlook, I could see what looked like a large structure up in a basin not too far away. I was hoping to get over there to check it out.

    My Jeep at the overlook


    Amanda took this photo of me at the point


    Here's a 360 degreee panoramic photo from the overlook

    Click here for a bigger version!
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    Before reaching the pass, I had to stop and get a few photos from Oh! Point, as usual.

    Looking down on Mineral Point


    Darley Mountain from Oh! Point


    One more 360 degree panoramic photo from Oh! Point

    Click here for a bigger version!

    Finally we reached Engineer Pass....stopped for a few photos and then headed down the other side.

    Engineer Pass


    Cabin I took the short hike to along the way


    Our next spur trail lead us up into Schafer Gulch and Hurricane Basin. This was a cool side trip that ended by an old mine. Here was the large building (I'm guessing a boarding house for the miners) that I saw from the overlook near Engineer Pass earlier. This building and basin were fun to photograph (even with the cloudy sky), so I ended up taking a bunch of photos...

    Long shelf road


    Road winding up to Hurricane Basin. There was a small waterfall barely visible in this photo.....I think it would be pretty cool to checkout during the spring runoff


    Randy Langstraat
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    A number of mine shafts up in the basin






    Cabin ruins


    The large building I spotted from the overlook




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    On our way back down from Hurricane Basin, it finally started to rain a little. It was starting to get late, so we decided to make our way home and bypass a few other spur trails we passed before reaching Lake City. I will have to return to finish exploring this last section some other time. As a shortcut on our way home, we took the Alpine Plateau Road from CO 149 to US 50. The weather wasn't the greatest, so I didn't stop for any photos, but it was a cool easy road that saved a bunch of miles on my return home.
    Randy Langstraat
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    You do a great job with your pictorials! I'm wanting to go back to Colorado after viewing this thread. How do you know all the names of these roads, what resource are you using? Just some USGS maps?

    I remember a few years ago going up into Yankee Boy Basin in early July. There is a place along that road where the cliff face overhangs about half the road--perhaps you know of what I write. At the time we went, spring run off was coming off the cliff face for perhaps 50 yards or so. We were literally driving through a waterfall. I'd sure like to go back there sometime, probably a little later in the year so that we could make it up higher.

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    Very interesting pics

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    nice one again Randy, keep'em coming
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    Those sites look awesome Randy, did you get inside at all?

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    Great TR! It's amazing how well built some of those buildings are.
    The man thong is wrong.

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    Awesome area dood.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimflint1
    You do a great job with your pictorials! I'm wanting to go back to Colorado after viewing this thread. How do you know all the names of these roads, what resource are you using? Just some USGS maps?

    I remember a few years ago going up into Yankee Boy Basin in early July. There is a place along that road where the cliff face overhangs about half the road--perhaps you know of what I write. At the time we went, spring run off was coming off the cliff face for perhaps 50 yards or so. We were literally driving through a waterfall. I'd sure like to go back there sometime, probably a little later in the year so that we could make it up higher.
    Thanks. I get most of the names from maps, guide books and sometimes even historical books of the areas I explore.

    I was just up by Yankee Boy Basin this weekend and drove through that overhanging section you speak of....of course it was dry this time of the year.
    Randy Langstraat
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    Quote Originally Posted by Summit
    Those sites look awesome Randy, did you get inside at all?
    I didn't go inside that larger building in the last couple of photos....it didn't seem too stable....but I did go into the old house in the earlier photos.
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    ADVENTR.CO | Anasazi Photography

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