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Last week I had a little time off so Erin and I decided to hit the trails for a couple days.

The plan was to leave early afternoon on Tuesday so I got the Jeep all packed and ready to go.


Unfortunately Erin didn’t make it home until 5pm so we had to battle rush hour traffic getting out of town.

Since it was getting late we decided to duck into Slaughterhouse for the night. Not too far into the trail was a buck with a nice rack. He didn’t seem to care we stopped and watched him until I pulled out the camera. He didn’t want his picture taken so decided to exit stage left.


Right after the trail splits into the loop we ran into a slight problem.


I’m not sure where it came from but it was too big for me to move on my own. I could of squeezed around it but decided just to clear it myself



I ran a snatch block off a tree to pull it to the side. Don’t worry, after I got things rigged I moved the Jeep forward so the line wouldn’t hit the tree.


And with a little mechanical advantage help the rock was off the trail.




We made camp for the night next to a cliff wall and settled in.



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The next day we motored over to Red Cone. An earlier sign said Red Cone was open but it said Webster was still closed.


When we finally broke above treeline it because a race between getting to the top and the storm that was quickly approaching. I didn’t have much iterance in sliding down Red Cone in the rain.


Of course we still had time to top and smell the flowers.



When we got to the top of Red Cone another JK was their getting ready to for the decent. It was his first time on the hill and had the same thought as me, get down before the rain really hit.



You can see the ridge you run before meeting up with Webster.


After giving our JK friend ample time we started our decent.


It’s not the bad of an angle but I like hanging off my seatbelt.


First decent is done, now it’s just a quick climb and one more down angle.



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When we met up with Webster it was very obvious why it was closed. The snow bank was huge and wasn’t going away anytime soon.


A shot looking back on Red Cone


And Erin happy to be alive (although she really wasn’t worried)


Now that we made it through the steep stuff before the rain hit, it was time to press on.


There was a nice waterfall from the snow run off.



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We also saw an old cabin well above tree line; this is also where things got a little slick.


There was a snow drift with a narrow area but I thought we could make it if I spotted Erin.


Unfortunately the angle was just steep enough and the rain made it just slick enough we slid off the trail.


What I really wanted was to go backwards so I could hit the line again but it was too slick even with lockers and no one behind me to give a hand. We ended up setting the pull pall up the trail and did an angle pull to get back on. Since it was raining and we really wanted to get back on level ground we didn’t take any picutres.

Of course when we started getting all the gear put away another Jeep comes tooling up behind us. There were two couples from Illinois that rented a Jeep for the day. Not having adequate clothing or recovery gear they were more then happy to take some help getting through the section.


We ended up digging a trough on the up side and lining it with Maxtraxx to keep them from sliding anywere.

Like magic it worked and the moved through the snow bank problem free.



Of course just as we get down into the trees the rain stopped and the sun came out. We hit a ghost town before continuing on.



We decide to take a short cut off the mountain and tried SOB Hill. If you miss the turn off to SOB, which is very easy to do, you end up at some mine ruins.




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After back tracking we started up the hill. SOB is called that for a reason. It’s full of large rocks and small boulders. The trail changes from year to year as the rock shift. We got about halfway up the first section when I caught a rock and sheered the end of the valve steam off one of the wheels.


It was then that I realized it was late, raining, we weighed a ton with all the camping gear, and we didn’t have another vehicle with us so I took the valve steam as a warning and backed down. Luckily it didn’t take out the core and still held air.

The bypass from Swan River to Georgia Pass has a super sketchy bridge.


We opted for the water crossing next to it.


We climbed to Georgia Pass and the continental divide. Surprisingly I could get internet and the weather map showed 3 more unfriendly storm cell rolling straight towards us. We could see where the storms tapered out so decided to head south and get away from the cold rain.

We drove through Fairplay and considered a warmer option but pressed on instead.


We ended up finding a quite spot on Weston Pass that was dry and relatively warm. The next morning we went over Break Neck Pass, which was actually very nice.

Without a real agenda we could explore forest roads and spurs. We ended up at an old mine.



Of course Erin and to sneak into a shot as well.


It looks like the Forest Service plans on cleaning up this one.



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Heading up to the pass we hit another ghost town.





Break Neck Pass dropped us back into Fairplay.


There is a neat old building in the middle of town but we didn’t stop long enough to see what it was.


The plan was to head over Mosquito Pass but it was still closed so we ended up heading up Boreas Pass. Originally the road was an old rail line, the first to reach Leadville non-stop from Denver. At the pass some of the building are still standing that the railroad workers stayed in to operate the station.



You can still see the tree stumps from where they harvested wood for the rail ties.


We took a spur and ended up close to the top of one of the mountains.


From there we took Pennsylvania Gulch over to the main road and headed up to Breckenridge. We called it a day made our way onto I-70 before returning home.


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I thought no the slippery spot was on Deer Creek but it all blends together.

It was the first time on Red Cone and I thought the decent was fairly mild compared to the hype.

I was also surprised the climb up was as rocky as it was. A stock vehicle can make it but there are going to be some rocks to work around. I wouldn't be surprised if they scrapped the bottom as well.

On the other hand we were moving quick to beat the storm and if I slowed down I'm sure it wouldn't be as bad.