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There are a lot of payoffs in this hike if you can handle 2 things…

1. the first 3 miles were all up hill

2. the first 3 miles were flanked by trees which left little scenery for most of the hike.

Enough about that, once you reach the lake and waterfalls you forget about the last 3 hours and melt into your surroundings. June was the perfect time of year for us to go, the weather was outstanding, it was around 45 degrees or so for our 5:15am start time and only got warmer as we hiked. We cruised through many areas that seemed primed for wildlife like Moose or Elk but we saw none. Our first payoff was Chipmunk lake 3 miles in, I wouldn’t call it a lake but… I’m not in charge of that. It was followed by what we dubbed Chipmunk Marsh. Both were very serene. It was wonderful being the only ones out there. 1 mile following was Ypsilon lake, a good sized lake framed by Ypsilon Maountain.  Panoramic views a calm wind and the warm sun beating on was great. above Ypsilon Lake were the falls from the spectacle lakes. The waterfalls were a neat place to explore and take a ton of photographs.  On the trip back down we happened upon a tiny bear cub, the first bear cub me wife and I had ever seen in the wild, he was a cute little dude about the size of a basketball. From there we went into a minor panic mode, we didn’t see momma anywhere and realized that if we can’t see her we might be between the two of them. Just because I couldn’t see her didn’t mean she couldn’t see us! He scampered along and we high Tailed it out of there. It was a rush though.

Overall a very good trip that I would recommend to anyone.

Start Time: 5:15am (June)          Duration: 6.41 hours          Distance: 8.61 miles           Elevation Gain: 2,265′       Difficulty: 4 out of 10 

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Idaho Springs Area 9/16/2012 Part III

Posted: October 9, 2012 in 4X4

Fall River Reservoir, Chinns Lake…

We knew at the beginning of the day that Chinn’s Lake would be our ultimate destination. We had heard about it from a couple of friends who also enjoy the outdoors. After seeing their pictures it seemed like it would be a good place to end the day and have a little lunch.  It didn’t disappoint, It was a cool little lake with a limited number of campsites to avoid overcrowding and the road leading there was just rough enough to limit who could and couldn’t make it. Lunch was good, we had sausage, cheese and crackers which is a high country staple for us at lunch time, along with a couple cold brewskis. The trail wasn’t too difficult, I wouldn’t have taken the civic but the Jeep did just fine.

On a side note we took a short trip to Fall River Reservoir prior to heading up to Chinn’s. It was another cool little lake with an awesome back drop. The downfalls were that the lake was well down and it wasn’t a great spot to hang out, but to just admire the views and watch dudes fly-fishing.

The Whole Trip:

Distance: 8.01 miles   Time: 2.69 hours (W/Lunch)    Difficulty: 3 out of 10    Scenic Rating: 5 out of 10

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Idaho Springs Area 9/16/2012 Part II

Posted: October 6, 2012 in 4X4

Yankee Hill…

Things got more difficult during this part of the day. Yankee hill would be best described as a big four wheel drive playground with many many many spurs and forks to take for different skill levels and vehicle types. The trail begins just west of Central City near two old cemeteries. As most trails do this one starts off very easy and becomes gradually more difficult. Our original plan was to take Yankee hill road and make the connection to St. Mary’s and go to St. Mary’s Glacier, That Proved to be way too difficult without a map. So we decided to just cruise around for a couple hours and pray we didn’t get lost! We got to play in a little water, Go over some big ass rocks, we definitely tested some of my technical skills. The Fall colors were fantastic as usual and we couldn’t have asked for better weather that day. This is a great place to go have fun, test out new equipment and get you feet wet.

Distance: 9.51 miles             Time: 1.51 hours         Difficulty: 4-5 out of 10      Scenic Rating: 6 out of 10

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Idaho Springs Area 9/16/2012 Part I

Posted: October 3, 2012 in 4X4

Oh My God Road…

From a Four Wheel Drive standpoint this little trail is a breeze, this road is more for the scenery than anything else. Take Virginia canyon road north out of Idaho Springs Colorado and it turns into “Oh My God Road”.  The first 4 miles you are climbing out of the valley from Idaho Springs. There are spectacular views the whole way.  Being fall the colors were amazing! The last few miles are littered with old mines that really cater to the photographer. For the locals this a great way to hop from Idaho Springs to Central City that is fun a scenic. You’re other option is the monstrosity they call the “Central City Parkway”, a four lane asphalt blah trip.

Distance: 7.11 miles    Time: 45 minutes     Difficulty: 1 out of 10   Scenic Rating: 6 out of 10

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Rugged Ridge Front Floor Mats

Posted: September 27, 2012 in 4X4, Installs

Love Em’ and Jessica loves them too, couldn’t have asked for a better floor mat, easy to put in, inexpensive, durable, easy to clean.

Mosquito Pass 8/19/2012

Posted: September 18, 2012 in 4X4

Funny how these things work out…

We had planned on heading up to the top of Mount Bross, and were needing to get from Leadville to Alma. We had our GPS and hoped it would get us there. It had us take this dirt road heading east out of Leadville the road kept progressively worse and worse until we realized that this was going to be an adventure in itself. The whole while we are wondering “What if we were in the civic? why would the GPS tell us to take this route?” Good thing we had the Jeep, we needed it! It was a long narrow drive to the top, I was nervous at times knowing that I hadn’t planned on doing anything like this in the Jeep before make significant udgrades to the suspension, tires and wheels. There were plenty of Sheer drop-offs as well that made for a hairy experience for Jessica and myself. The views were amazing though and it was a blast. we didn’t realize until the top once we saw the sign that we were evening climbing Mosquito Pass! We took some pictures and watch some other Jeepers enjoying celebratory margaritas at the top. The trip down was a little hairy with some higher clearance spots but also great views and old mines. Awesome trip even though we couldn’t do Mount Bross.

Distance: 12.9 miles

Difficulty: 4 out 10

Time: 2:05hrs

Start Elevation: 10,264

Pass Elevation: 13,109

Gain: 1,868

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Today’s install was a new Pro-Comp Steering Stabilizer from 4 wheel parts in Denver

Installation Time: 1 hour

Difficulty: 3

It only took that long and was that difficult because I couldn’t get the damn Bolt off the drag link (glad I bought that baby sledge the other day)

Blogger’s note* If anyone asks you if you want to upgrade stay away from the Rancho, it’s $15 more and it is the same as the pro-comp made in the same plant in china only with a different sticker! If you are going to upgrade go to Rubicon Express, Teraflex or Fab-Tech.

Up Next: Footman Loop, Hi-Lift Hood Mount, Rugged Ridge Floor Mat Review

Today’s install 9/6/2012

Posted: September 7, 2012 in 4X4, Installs

Installed a new Bestop Tailgate Bar today bought from the 4 Wheets Parts Store in Denver.

Installation Time: 5 minutes

Installation Difficulty: 1 (1-10 easiest to hardest)

Nothing to fancy, now I can give the Jeep that bath she so desperately needs


Due up: New steering stabilizer

No one said this would be easy…

Posted: September 7, 2012 in 4X4

But no one said it wouldn’t be fun!

These are my wife and I’s encounters while experiencing the best Four-Wheeling, Hiking, Backpacking and camping Colorado has to offer.  We might throw in a couple other cool destinations as well.Image