Mineral Creek to Animas Forks

Ouray, Colorado

September 13, 2013

Leaving early this morning, our intention was to run the Alpine Loop.  The morning light was wonderful as it lite up the ridge along Mineral Creek.


One of the old abandoned mines near the junction of Mineral Creek and Engineer Pass Rd. Notice the snow in the distant mountains.


Stopped at the junction to decide if we would venture up Engineer Pass with obvious fresh snow and ice on the mountain.  From this point it was at least another 1,000 ft of elevation gain and we decided to pass and drive to Animas Forks.


A view of Engineer Mountain this morning in a blanket of fresh snow and dramatic clouds.


One of the old abandoned houses in the Animas Forks ghost town.  We did not take the Alpine Loop today but will leave it for another time when the weather is more favorable.


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