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Silverton to Ouray, Colorado + Imogene & Black Bear

Elden DuRand

In Memory Of
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78
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12/22/2017
Re: Silverton to Ouray, Colorado

Harry:

Only twenty times??!!

The first time I did Red Mountain Pass was in 1960, at night. I was following a semi running a Jimmy pulling a loaded flatbed.

I can still remember the screaming of that Jimmy and the red flame coming out the exhaust pipe as he climbed the grade.
 

Reed Engine

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07/10/2019
Re: Silverton to Ouray, Colorado

Made that trip a few times trailering quads into Silverton. Some great views for sure. I can't remember the name of the pass but we drove up on a couple from California in a two wheel drive Subaru. They were on steep switchbacks and he was driving and she was out pushing. They were both scared to death and mad as !!!, fighting with each other. We helped him get moving and once he did he went all the way to the top leaving the wife standing in the road. One of the gals loaded her on her quad and took her up. We wondered if marriage counciling was needed or not. You definitely don't want to go out on those trails without a capable vehicle.
 
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Brian Flatmoe

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Re: Silverton to Ouray, Colorado

That brought back some good memories. A cousin and myself drove that in February of '87. The snow was deep but the weather was perfect. I can still see the snow sifting over the tops of the mountains around Silverton. We stopped on Molas Pass to take a picture by the sign and the snow was a good 3 feet deep there. Good times!
 

ronm

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Last Subscription Date
07/10/2019
Re: Silverton to Ouray, Colorado

I'm probably into the 20's on trips over that road too, the memorable one was in Dec. about 2000, Red Mountain was a whiteout, you couldn't see the edge of the road...by the time we got to Silverton, the flakes were so big the wipers wouldn't clean them off. By the time we got to Durango there was no snow on the ground...:crazy:
 

Dan Baalman

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03/26/2017
Re: Silverton to Ouray, Colorado

One of my favorite Harley rides. Truly beautiful part of Colorado.
 

Rich Mueller Sr

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07/10/2019
Re: Silverton to Ouray, Colorado

Thanks Harry, you brought back some memories from X-mass 1970 Dad drove us to Phoneix,Az to Alberqure Nm., to the Grand Canyon up the million dollar Hwy, to Montrose to Pueblo and stayed at Mesa Verde in a camper in the snow, got so cold that night the exhaust from the furnace was almost touching the ground from condensation, in Dec 1970 ,in a 1971 F250 with a overhead camper, scary as a kid ,YEA. 4x4 trails have you been over the trail that goes from Silverton to Tueleride? I had a trip planned with wife and son in 1986, I had a brand new1985 250 Big red and a 1986 250 Fourtrax, I seen some pictures of the trail in a magazine called 3 Wheeling and had talked to the contacts they had in it, and from there we was going to Moab Utah on another trail, sadly wife got pregnant and we had a daughter with cerbal palsy and that never happened, they have probably shut that down now to ATV,s. I used to have a VHS tape I made going up Pikes Peak in a van in 93 with some cool songs like that vid had , guess I was a little ahead of the curve on that. Another neat place I remember is the Bingham copper mine, there is a, or was, a road that was gravel in 1968-69 that overlooked the copper mine, the HUGE trucks looked like Tonka toys in it, Thanks Harry
 

Harry

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Re: Silverton to Ouray, Colorado

have you been over the trail that goes from Silverton to Telluride?
We've gone from 550 over the Ophir Pass to Ames, and then we went from Telluride to Ouray via Imogene Pass. I never did get guts enough to go over Black Bear Pass. That's Telluride (ToHellYouRide)

Telluride - Imogene Pass: Imogene pass was our most difficult 4X4 trail to date. If you try this, be aware of the need for high ground clearance. The old mining engines are long gone, but the scenery remains. Be sure to catch the captions below the photos... http://www.smokstak.com/gallery/browseimages.php?c=49&userid=
That's Jeannie in the Jeep - she wouldn't get out!

Some others from the "zone":
Out on the Trail:
http://www.smokstak.com/gallery/browseimages.php?c=26&userid=
US Route 550 Durango to Ouray:
http://www.smokstak.com/gallery/browseimages.php?c=175&userid=

Fairbanks Morse Power Plant at Delta, Colorado
Telluride Hydro Plant
Ouray Hydro Plant
Ames Hydro Station.
 

Ken Karrow

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Last Subscription Date
12/10/2019
Re: Silverton to Ouray, Colorado

I've done Black Bear in long bed Jeep PU 3/4 ton. This was in the early '80s. It was amazing how much twist in the the frame when you are doing a back and fill around a switchback and you lift two wheels off diagonal across the truck. Had two guys on trail bikes say it wouldn't make it. Met them on the other side in Telluride and they just shook their head.
 

Harry

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Re: Silverton to Ouray, Colorado

Over the top from Teluride, Colorado to Ouray, Colorado via Imogene Pass.

Published on Jan 17, 2013 by explorethewest Imogene Pass 4x4 Road Colorado
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hov63J10PxE

AND THE BEST IS LAST!
Black Bear Trail (down only) The most dangerous 4X4 trail in Colorado!
From US-550 heading west to Teluride via the Bridal Veil power station.

BLACK BEAR PASS, CO: OFFROAD Published on Aug 17, 2012 by Bill Tower
Bill and Elfie Tower and Friends doing Black Bear Pass, Colorado. PG13 a lot of O' Shit!
If you are afraid of heights you should not try this, Experienced Drivers Only, Rated: Difficult.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr7Nkl0pkJk#t=98.140929

BackCountry Overland:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evehx-9KC1c

Heading back this year!
 

Jim Tremble

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03/20/2016
That was a great video, Thanks.

That was one paranoid navigator in the second video. I haven't laughed this hard in a long time.

Jim
 
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Elden DuRand

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78
Last Subscription Date
12/22/2017
I remember my wife and I walking all the way from Telluride, up the "road" past the Bridal Veil Power Station to where the Tomboy boarding house had been before it had recently burned.

After walking back to our lodging in Telluride, we did nothing the next day.

That was in the mid '70's, we were young, energetic and a bit foolish. Not so today. I can't believe we did that!:eek:
 

Steve Kunz

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07/10/2019
Re: Silverton to Ouray, Colorado

One of my favorite Harley rides. Truly beautiful part of Colorado.
I have made that trip on my Harley a few times too.

Another time on the Harley we were going in to Telluride, the day before they had 4" of rain with mud and rock slides closing the road. When we went through they had just opened the road, they had all the heavy stuff pushed off but the road was still covered with mud. It was still raining, by the time we got in to Telluride you could not tell what color we were or the bikes were, everything was covered with mud. :crazy:
 

Harry

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That was in the mid '70's, we were young, energetic and a bit foolish. Not so today. I can't believe we did that!:eek:
Like our 1968 hiking into the Grand Canyon, down to Plateau Point, a 12 mile 12 hour walk, taking water and energy food along. Everyone Jeannie and I met on the Bright Angel Trail that were returning up and out said, "If you know what's good for you, you'll turn around right now!" There were three watering stations along the way, also when the passing donkeys took a piss stop, they all went in the same place, one at a time. Their pissing mud holes ware a real treat - pewueee! At 200# I was too heavy to be a rider.

We were from 8AM to 8PM on this little walk, hiking through switchbacks, paused at Indian Gardens, then desert. Back toward the top there was rain and hail. Crazy! I have lots of slide photos too. Oh, to be 200 pounds and age 27 again!

Zoom in and out on this map as it shows the trail from Hermit Road to Indian Gardens to Plateau Point. You can also turn on Earth Mode. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Bri...010286f795!2m2!1d-112.1170097!2d36.092854!3e2
 

Reed Engine

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Last Subscription Date
07/10/2019
Some great off roading. California is a favorite of mine up there. Hope to get back up there next year.
 

Harry

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After 50 years of Western travel and vacation camping with everything from a Hemi Charger and little Scotty trailer, a Jeep CJ5 and a crank-up Tent Camper, a truck camper, two Class-C motorhomes and three Class-A motorhomes, we have retired from this mode of camping travel.

We can say that we did it, but I want you to know that if you ever get out of your hometown or backyard at all, put Southwest Colorado on your bucket list! All of Colorado is wonderful, but our visits to Southwest Colorado will be top in our memories.

We enjoyed rock collecting and rock shops, photography, hiking, antique shopping and engine shows. Over the years, people have changed and businesses have come and gone, but it seemed that there was always something to keep us entertained and occupied. Now our memories are enhanced by our many slides, photos and movies, some of which are on 8mm and need to be transferred to new technology.
 
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