Two-up in the San Juan Mountains - Silverton, CO 2017

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DYNOBOB, Dec 26, 2017.

  1. TALLGUY

    TALLGUY Been here awhile

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    I would echo AdventureDude. You have a well done report. It will help in my planning for that area as well.
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  2. Bike Guy

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    Thanks for posting this great trip and the pics were outstanding. Hugs to all the gals that ride two up on an adventure ride such as this. Love the "Hawk" also.
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  3. radmann10

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    Dynobob, great pictures and write up of your trip. We are planning a COBDR trip this Aug so your tracks and info helps. Keep up the great RR.
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  4. DYNOBOB

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    Thursday July 20 - Day five - Some relaxing, Corkscrew Pass (in truck), and around Silverton

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    Sometimes it's nice to have a day that you don't have to do anything except slow time down a bit and soak in your surroundings. Today is that day.

    Another beautiful morning... We start our day with some sitting around. After breakfast we do some easy hiking to explore the little valley around us - followed by some more sitting around. :-)

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    Lots of traffic heading up to Animas at this time of day
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    As mid-day approaches, we decide to drive up to Corkscrew Pass and make lunch.

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  5. DYNOBOB

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    True to form, the weather clouds up, it sprinkles, and there's thunder in the distance by the time we're at the pass.

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    After a quick lunch, we start back to town.

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    Boiling brake fluid was not something I wanted to experience in a 10,000 lb truck - torque converter lock-up switch is engaged in Low 1 and didn't need the brakes thankfully.



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    The site of the 2015 EPA disaster at the Gold King Mine is along Rt 110 on the way to/from Silverton. It's interesting that locals fought it being declared a Superfund site for tourism concerns. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Gold_King_Mine_waste_water_spill

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    Back in town, we decided to get our souvenir shopping done (well she shopped, I took pics).

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    This is where the Durango&Silverton train drops off the passengers.
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    Tomorrow we're back on the bike to check several more passes off the list. :-)


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  6. Dan Alexander

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  7. bomose

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    I took the wife up Corkscrew Gulch on the KLR. Only dumped her once.:lol3
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    Really, really good stuff
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    You would be hard pressed to find better roads in the world than the ones you ride reported. Having spent alot of time in that area, I can honestly say, it is the best of America.
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  10. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Thank you for such detail, you're doing the ADV community a great service!!

    ...well, at least me.


    "Hey RedRockRider & simbaboy....these are the area's I keep telling you guys I want to ride. I love Utah, but we gotta mix it up."


    Thanks again DYNOBOB.
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  11. DYNOBOB

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    Thanks guys!


    I seem to be different than most of my riding buddies - I'd rather descend difficult terrain than go up. We had no problem going down Corkscrew Gultch. We had 3 drops during the week; a drop going up to Hurricane, a classic "front brake locked sliding backwards on a steep hill" exploring up a dead end trail on Brooklyn Mine Rd, and a step off in a deeply rutted climb on Cr 31. But the two places that stay in my memory are the climb to Black Bear and Clear Lake - they took everything I had in a couple spots.


    Amen brother...


    @RedRockRider and @simbaboy

    Fixed it for ya... :-)

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  12. DYNOBOB

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    Thank you TG - I remember well how much ride reports helped me.



    No doubt, you place a lot of faith in someone to get on the back of a bike for this stuff. A miss-step could mean big injury. Wyn knows I take it slow and steady, and it helps me that she understands riding dynamics. She's gone up a few goat trails on the 250 :-)

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    Hey Lane, good to hear from you! Still have your TE630?

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  13. tricepilot

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    I can't say enough about Wupperman camp on Lake San Cristobal south of Lake City. Anyone reading who is into camping should check that place out. Site #9 was awesome with views of the lake & mountains. Easy ride into Lake City for supplies.

    My only add to this report is that Corkscrew is a hoot when it's dry and Mad Hatter's Wild Ride when it's wet. And I'm talking about the lower elevations.
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    Oh a love me a good story about the San Jauns! Thanks for posting!

    I'm heading out there with some buddies again this August - can't wait.

    We were out there in 2015 and your pics really bring back memories!
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  15. DYNOBOB

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    Friday July 21 - Day Six - Ophir Pass, Stony Pass, Cunningham Gulch, Corkscrew Gulch, Clear Lake.


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    Today is our last day of riding so we're going to give Wynette her money's worth :-) Not knowing how the day would shape up weather wise, I wanted to hit Ophir and Stony as priorities.


    First up is Ophir Pass - sometimes it's fun to let first timers think you're heading for O Fear Pass... :lol3


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    I've never driven up to check out the Miners Memorial situated just above Silverton, so on the way back we swing in there.


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  16. DYNOBOB

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    Up next, Stony Pass. Of course, it started to sprinkle just as we arrived, fortunately there was a hiker there to snap a pic of us. Much respect to these hikers, when storms roll in and lightening starts dropping I couldn't run down the mountain fast enough.


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    Heading back down the mountain
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  17. DYNOBOB

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    On the way down I notice a sign for Cunningham Gulch. I've seen it mentioned in ride reports but never knew where it was. We ride out to the end of the gulch and eat our lunch looking back down the valley.

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    On the way out we stop at the sign.
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    Lunch spot is back at the far end of the valley.
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    When I snapped this one something up on the mountain face caught my eye
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    How the heck do they get up there?
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    The Old Hundred gold mine is a quick stop. I guess you can pay to ride back in the mine and pan for gold. You can get here in a mini van and kids would love it.

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    I think he's giving me his "miners face" :D

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    They were adopted by a mountain goat a few years back
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  18. DYNOBOB

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    By the time we reached town the sun was back so we decided to do Corkscrew Pass and the Gulch this time. This was the best afternoon of weather we had all week.


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    Looking back up from the Gulch
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    US 550 is visible down below
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    We hit 550 and turn south for town. The trip has come to an end ... but we've got a bit of time in hand so up to Clear Lake we'll go.

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    That's all from Silverton. The next morning we start the 30hr trip home and arrive Sunday afternoon.


    I'll be back with a brief summary post.


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  19. DYNOBOB

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    Camping above Lake San Cristobal is on my to do list. I believe it's also free.
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    I can see where Corkscrew Gulch would be fun in the rain. The lower part is kind of a orange clay. A couple vids from our past trips. My bud is filming, I'm 4 bikes up.






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  20. MizzouRider

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    Great RR! Really enjoyed the pics. Your pictures are a lot better than most I see here. I've been on most of those passes and have enjoyed them. I've also ridden along with David while he's on that Tenere. He is a strong rider, and a great guy.
    Good for you for doing it two up. I have enough trouble getting myself up and over those passes..

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