San Juan Mountain Rally. Ouray, CO July 22nd -26th (1 Viewer)

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July 21st through 26th

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Ouray, Colorado.

Background.
A couple of years ago ago I attended HIH8. I was lucky enough to have registered within 90 second timeframe to get the golden ticket. I have done multiple car rallies, but this would be more first foray into a multi day off-roading event.
It was an epic trip. For those that have never been, there is a good reason why they call the Switzerland of America.
Despite some overheating issues the truck performed well enough to earn another shot at the San Juan Mountains.
I was supposed to attend FJ Summit last year, but well, COVID.
After that, I said #$%^ IT I'm goin next year, hell or high-water.
So here it goes.

6 epic days of hitting the historic trails of the San Juan Mountains.
Current itinerary.
open for suggestions.

Wednesday July 21. 10 am -1pm

9AM
Medano Pass to Great Sand Dunes National Park.

1PM
Lunch at the park.

Followed by some exploring. Sand sledding looks interesting.
Depart for Ouray 3pm



Trail Schedule open for discussion.

Thursday July 22.
9am MEET AT OURAY TRAILHEAD FOR IMOGENE
Yankee Boy / Governor Basin.
Imogene

Lunch in Telluride. Brown Dog Pizza is the plan.

Last Dollar Road.

Friday. July 23.
ALPINE LOOP
9am-MEET AT TRAIL HEAD FOR MINERAL CREEK

Mineral Creek

Engineer Pass

Wager Gulch/Cinammon Pass



Saturday. July 24th.
9am MEETUP AT BLACK BEAR PASS TRAILHEAD

Black Bear Pass (Hopefully accompanied by some fellow cruisers...)
Alta Lakes for lunch

Ophir Pass

Porphyr Gulch.
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Sunday. July 25th.
9AM MEETUP AT MINERAL CREEK TRAILHEAD.
Poughkeepsie Gulch. Attempt at wall depending on conditions, available assistance, and alcoholic consumption.
Placer Gulch
Picayune Gulch
Eureka Gulch
Clear Lake

Monday. July 26th.
9am TRAILHEAD CORKSCREW GULCH
Corkscrew Gulch.
to Gladstone-Silverton-Howardsville.

Stony Pass to Kite Lake.
Finish Stony Pass , past Rio Grande Reservoir, all the way through to Creede.


That covers all the trails in the manual that I can fit.
It seems like a lot, but doable.

Looking for good lunch spot recommendations.

All are invited and welcome to join.


Comms. I know most of you enjoy a debate on the subject. GMRS seems easiest but still set up for CB.

Hope too see a bunch of cruisers out there
Maybe enjoy an adult beverage of choice as well.
Cheers from South Florida.
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Any more info available?
DRIVERS WANTED!!!

It's a rough itinerary for the week, I am hoping to hit most of the major trails out there, and definately the spots I missed a couple of years ago during HIH 8.
I figured there will be others out there looking for some trucks to hit the trails with, hence, San Juan Mountain Rally.

It's always better hitting the trails with some fellow cruisers, and a cold beverage.
If you've never been out here, it is truly amazing.
 
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Don't have a cruiser, but I kind of have a land cruiser prado 🤷🏼‍♂️ (gx470 😅) might be interested in tagging along. I'll have to see our schedule. I've always wanted to explore the San Juans
 
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We have about 10-11 trucks coming near the end of your date range, leaving from Nashville and Birmingham on the 22nd, getting to the dunes by the 24-25th.

Hit me up and we could possibly meet up?

Cheers, Joel
 
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FYI there is no bypass at the wall on Poughkeepsie forest service closed it and cables it but has since been torn down by people, please keep this trail open and drive up the wall, if you can’t make it before you get to the wall there is another road bypass you can take that will put you back out before the lake
 
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FYI there is no bypass at the wall on Poughkeepsie forest service closed it and cables it but has since been torn down by people, please keep this trail open and drive up the wall, if you can’t make it before you get to the wall there is another road bypass you can take that will put you back out before the lake
Thanks for heads up. Not sure if the old girl will make it up the wall without assistance...
 

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