San Juans by Dual Sport - July 2002

My brother Dave and I drove my heavily loaded Suzuki Grand Vitara hauling our two Kawasaki KLR 650 Dual Sport motorcycles to the San Juan Mountains of SouthWest Colorado in July 2002. We set up base camp at 10,000 ft. elevation below Ophir Pass and made daily jaunts over all the passes in region via the extensive network of four wheel drive trails in the area. Wow, what a great time!

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And in the beginning . . . A very heavily loaded down Zuki! Top o' the morning to y'all! Idyllic scene from our base camp at 10,000 ft. More base camp scenery. Begging Clark's Nutcracker.
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A pristine new day. A look up at Ophir Pass from base camp. Ophir Pass trail panorama. Dave and I on top of Ophir Pass. Scene from the Million Dollar Highway. Just a really pretty picture . . .
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Looking down the Falls at Box Canyon. Lower on Box Canyon. A nice waterfall from afar. Closer in on that pretty waterfall. Trail to Alta Lake. Alta Lake parking.
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Another scene of Alta Lake. Beautiful meadow near treeline. Dave's KLR on the trail. The view from Cinnamon Pass. One of many cirque lakes. The crystal waters of Clear Lake.
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The trail up to Engineer Pass. Me, cruising up Engineer Pass . . . The fearless duo at Engineer Pass. The panorama from the front of Engineer Pass. Engineer Pass backside panorama. . . . and then down from Engineer Pass.
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The view down on the town of Ouray. The view down from Imogene Pass. An Imogene Pass trail panorama. 14'ers from the top of Imogene Pass. The famous silver mines at Red Mountain. Tomboy Mine boarding house.
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Tomboy Mine remains. View from 12,000 ft near Tomboy Mine! The view down from Tomboy Mine. A darn pretty stream scene. Just a bit of the wonderful San Juans. The cause of the damage . . .
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More damage assessment. So many peaks - who can remember the names.

Steve and Dave Thompson, July 2002, San Juan Mountains SouthWest Colorado.

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