Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cinnamon and Engineer Passes

Lake City is connected to a bunch of other old mining towns through a network of old mining roads that are generally passable only for 4x4 vehicles.  One of our favorite activities is to take one of these old mining roads, Cinnamon Pass, to Silverton, Colorado before coming back to Lake City via Engineer Pass.

My dad and Gary check out to gorge (and old suspension bridge) below the shelf road on Cinnamon Pass

Old suspension bridge spans a deep gorge on Cinnamon Pass

View from the shelf road on Cinnamon Pass

Remnants of an old mine on Cinnamon Pass

American Basin as seen from Cinnamon Pass

Check out the old cabin just above the trees in the upper left

Looking down over Animas Forks, an old mining town above Silverton, from Cinnamon Pass

Looking down the valley from Animas Forks

Not all of the old buildings are completely abandoned

Not a bad spot for a cabin

Some of the better funded mines set up aerial tramways to get from one mountain to the other (you can see the lines over the tops of the trees if you look closely) 

A close-up view of one of the cars on the tramway.

Silverton, Colorado

Downtown Silverton

Looking back up the valley at Animas Forks on our way to Engineer Pass

Engineer Pass

View from Engineer Pass

View from Engineer Pass

Shelf road near the top of Engineer Pass

Top of Engineer Pass (and Engineer Mountain) as seen from Oh! Point

My parents on Oh! Point

The whole crew on Oh! Point
Mt. Sneffels (just right of center) from Oh! Point
Darley Mountain as seen from Oh! Point

Dropping down from Engineer Pass

Wetterhorn (left) and Uncompahgre (right) from Engineer Pass

Mt. Sneffels (second peak from the left) from Engineer Pass

Old cabin along Engineer Pass

Whitmore Falls

Dinner was an upgrade from ramen

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