Telluride to Moab '09


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I traveled with my nephew, Charlie, along with Judge and Jimmy, to Telluride, Colorado on September 1st, my second mountain bike trip of the San Juan Huts route, approximately 217 miles from Telluride, Colorado to Moab, Utah. We finished our trip in Moab on September 8th, and returned to Telluride that evening. We chose our dates to coincide with the Graham Ranch BBQ, which was a lot of fun, especially renewing my friendship with Donna, Kevin, Megan & Caitlin, and of course Tam Graham, owner of the ranch. After returning to Telluride, we woke at 4:30 am to drive to Ouray, Colorado to meet our guides for climbing Mt. Sneffels, a Colorado "fourteener" with a summit of 14,150 ft. We took the technical Southwest Ridge route out of Yankee Boy Basin, reaching the summit at about 10:30 am, and returning to the parking lot at about 1:00 pm, just in time to avoid the approaching storm. We had a "celebration dinner" in Telluride that evening, and returned to the airport the following morning for our return to Kentucky.

Along the route, perhaps day two.jpg

Altitude 10,597.jpg

Another Big View.jpg

Another Route View.jpg

Bear Ciubs and Momma.jpg

Canyons Resort in Gateway.jpg

Charlie along the Route.jpg

Charlie and Mark near Mt. Sneffels Summit.jpg

Charlie at Last Dollar Hut.jpg

Charlie at Porcupine Trailhead.jpg

Charlie Checking out the View.jpg

Charlie in Columbine Hut.jpg

Charlie must be a little tired.jpg

Charlie, Noel, Jimmy & Judge at Summit of Mt. Sneffels 10,150 ft..jpg

Colorado Utah State Line.jpg

Cubs follow Mom into Woods.jpg

Dessert being prepared in Dutch Ovens.jpg

Donna & Kevin.jpg

Donna Checking out the View.jpg

Donna with her Puppy.jpg

Gateway Colorado.jpg

Gorge Picture.jpg

Got down just in time as weather moves in on Mt. Sneffels.jpg

Headed toward Moab.jpg

Heading up John Brown Canyon.jpg

I Just Don't Have a Proper Caption.jpg

Interesting Sign.jpg

Jimmy & Charlie on Main St in Telluride.jpg

Jimmy & Charlie on the Route.jpg

Jimmy along the Route.jpg

Jimmy and Kevin head toward Mt. Sneffels Summit.jpg

Jimmy at Last Dollar Hut.jpg

Jimmy in Telluride.jpg

Jimmy is Entered in Jackass Race.jpg

Jimmy must be a little tired.jpg

Jimmy texting his wife.jpg

Judge and Noel at Summit.jpg

Judge at Last Dollar Hut.jpg

Last Dollar Road to First Hut.jpg

Mt. Sneffels View.jpg

Near Summit of Mt. Sneffels.jpg

Noel & Megan in Rooster Roping Contest.jpg

Noel above Castle View.jpg

Noel at Summit of Mt. Sneffels 14,150 ft.jpg

Noel Checking the Hut Register.jpg

Noel Cooking Dinner.jpg

Noel is Checking out the Hut.jpg

Noel on Trail to Mt. Sneffels Summit.jpg

Noel Posing at Overlook.jpg

Noel, Jimmy & Judge.jpg

One of the Huts.jpg

Party Time at Graham Ranch.jpg

Peach Cobbler.jpg

Picture Toward Moab.jpg

Practice in Telluride.jpg

Ranch on Route.jpg

Register at Summit of Mt. Sneffels.jpg

Road Down from Mt. Sneffels Trailhead.jpg

Route Overlook.jpg

Scene along the Route.jpg

The Boys start Kokopelli Single Track.jpg

The Swag Vehicle.jpg

Three boys on Bike Route.jpg

Trail Sign.jpg

View from Summit of Mt. Sneffels.jpg

Yikes, Watch out for the Marmots.jpg