Trip Reports: Quick Tour Through The San Juans, Colorado - August 2017
Having lived in Ridgway/Ouray for about a decade, I've thoroughly explored the San Juan Mountains, as is evident in the fact that my San Juans photo collection is larger than all my other Colorado photos combined! When you live near such vast and awesome mountains it's naturally difficult to motivate to drive further afield for mountain adventures. This last summer we had 2 months to backpack around in Colorado and our plan was to revisit many of the other Colorado ranges that I've neglected in the past decade or longer. But nevertheless, in mid August we found ourselves drawn back to the San Juans like moths to a flame.
After spending my birthday with some friends in Ouray, we drove up some of the jeep roads above Red Mountain Pass and car camped a few nights up there. We drove rough high elevation old mining roads eastward through the San Juans over Corkscrew Pass, Hurricane Pass, California Pass, and Cinnamon Pass, then did a one night backpack trip into Cataract Gulch near the 14er Sunshine Peak.