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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The Mountain Pass…

Posted: October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

That is Awesome! Someday I hope to be able to get out there like that.

Brothers in Hell

Posted: October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


In the summer of 2011, my family had a family reunion put on by my parents.  It was the first time that my parents, my three siblings and I, and all of my nieces and nephews had gotten together in one place.  We had great time, and really enjoyed getting to know each other better.  Trace, my older brother, who lives outside of Seattle, Washington, and I have always had a good relationship with each other, and enjoy spending time together.  At that point in time, he was working part-time as a bartender, and I was only substitute teaching after being a laid off from my full-time teaching job due to budget cuts.  So basically, the moral of the story is, we both had a lot of free time.  While at the reunion, my brother suggested we do something to keep our minds active, and doing something productive; his suggestion…

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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.

Gray’s Peak 14,270′ 9/23/2012

Posted: September 25, 2012 in Colorado, Hiking


So we finally knocked out our first 14er together! We hit Gray’s Peak bright and early. We headed out of Denver at 4:30am and we were on the trail at 5:45am. Even that early we were not alone, there were about 10 others getting an early start.  The hike itself wasn’t too bad, the problem was that we were a little out of shape and maybe a 14er wasn’t the best idea. Oh well we kicked it’s ass anyway! The first 1.5 miles were pretty easy, the Last 2 were grueling! Awesome hike, check out the resources for more info or comment with any questions or comments.

Max Elevation: 14,270′                    Gain: 3,010′                  Time: 7:03 hrs                 Distance: 6.81 miles          Difficulty: 6 out of 10

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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

We took the East Inlet Trail from the east side of Grand Lake. This is a great hike for all ages. The scenery is amazing throughout the entire trip. As a bonus you are almost guaranteed to see moose! The only downfall was the usual amount of Beetle Kill.

Start Time: 5:45am

Duration: 8 hours RT

Distance: 10.2 miles RT

Total Elevation Gain: 1600′

Difficulty: 2 (1-10)