Animas Loop

Ironton Park, Colorado

September 8, 2015

We got an early start from Ironton Park and drove up the ever interesting Corkscrew Gulch.  The scenic old narrow mining road starts at 9,800 ft and climbs to 12,600 ft of elevation. This is a view near the top looking south to Red Mountain #2.  I can see why the gold rush fever was so strong here.  Had to be gold in a mountain that color.

_DSC0027_8_9_2015-09-07-Animas-Loop-Red-Mtn-2-Corkscrew-Gulch-ortnOnto the Animas Loop, we took a spur road to some glacial ponds with a view of the back ridge of Red Mountain #1.  It was very cold and windy so the reflection is not that great but I love the colors.


a view from 12,840 feet elevation at California Pass.  It was really cold and very windy up here.  The clouds were flying by.


Lake Como at 12,215 ft. below California Pass is like a rare gem in the rough.  You can see the road we jeeped up to the pass on and the still lingering patches of last winter’s snow.



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