Got back today, awesome trip. Not quite as remote as our trip last year, but still an awesome time nonetheless.
We headed out last Sunday morning. Justin had some trailer tire issues, but we still made good time to Colona (between Montrose and Ridgway) where we dropped trucks and trailers. From there we headed over Last Dollar Road down to Telluride with Alta Lakes as our final destination. There's a few lakes up there with quite a few campsites, pretty cool area.
This was our view from camp at sunset:
The next morning we got up to head over Ophir Pass to 550, and then take Black Bear Pass back over to Telluride. As we started coming down from Alta Lakes I noticed a LOT of tire rubbing from the rear, turns out one of the UCA bolts worked itself out of the frame mount causing the axle to shift side to side. We got it all back together just as the clouds rolled in and it started to rain.
It sprinkled lightly most of the way over Ophir, never too bad.
As we made our way up 550 to Black Bear it started to rain a little heavier.
And the further we went the harder it came down, with a lot of hail of lightning. And there were sheep EVERYWHERE.
When we reached the summit it looked like it might start clearing soon.
And almost on cue it did.
I was really happy that it had cleared up as Black Bear has been on my to-do list for a good 10 years and I wanted to be able to take it all in.
The weather stayed great for the rest of the trail.
We made it to the switchbacks and started our way down