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IntrepidXJ
July 12th, 2009, 21:54
On Saturday morning Amanda and I headed down to Silverton. After setting up camp we made our way down the road that leads from Silverton to Animas Forks that we have traveled many times before. In the past we have explored a bunch of the side trails off of this road (Cunningham Gulch, Eureka Gulch, Picayune Gulch & Placer Gulch), however there were a few that either I have not checked out before, or that were blocked by snow when I attempted them. Our goal for this day was to check out the rest of those trails.

We started off in Arrastra Gulch. This was a quick one, as it appears that the trail now dead ends at private property pretty quickly.

Look up for the tram at the start of Arrastra Gulch
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There still are some nice views from this short trail
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Before heading back out to the Animas Forks Road, we took the trail up to Little Giant Basin.

Headed up to Little Giant Basin
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Tram tower
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Sealed up King Solomon Mine portal
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Big Giant Mill
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IntrepidXJ
July 12th, 2009, 21:55
Gold Lake at the end of the trail
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On our way back down, we stopped to check out the Black Prince mining camp.

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After making it back down, we headed over to our next destination: Maggie Gulch.

Headed up into Maggie Gulch
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Looking back
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Some ruins at the end of the trail
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IntrepidXJ
July 12th, 2009, 21:55
Stopped by this waterfall on the way back down
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Our next destination was the next gulch north; Minnie Gulch. Amanda drove my Jeep on this one, so I could relax.

Caledonia Mine boarding house
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Cabins along the trail
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Further up Minnie Gulch
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Waterfall along the trail
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Two-track at the end of the Minnie Gulch trail
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IntrepidXJ
July 12th, 2009, 21:55
Burns Gulch was our last side trip before reaching Animas Forks.

The trail up to Burns Gulch
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Burns Gulch
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The trail passed a few mine shafts
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End of the road
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Animas Forks off in the distance
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Lots of flowing water in this gulch
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Headed back down
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IntrepidXJ
July 12th, 2009, 21:56
Before heading back towards Silverton to finish the last trail along the Animas Forks Road we hadn't been on, we stopped at Animas Forks again to take some more photos. Here's a few...

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IntrepidXJ
July 12th, 2009, 21:56
Before heading back to Silverton, we had one more trail to explore. This one was right outside Silverton and headed up Swansea Gulch. It turns out the most interesting parts of this trail were right at the beginning, but it was still a nice steep drive to the sudden end of the trail.

Much of the trail looked like this. It was steep much of the way and never got above tree line, so there were no good views down onto Silverton.
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The one open spot near the end of the trail
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Lackawanna Mill with Silverton in the background
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Animas River
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After having dinner at Romero's we still had a little daylight left, so we headed up to Clear Lake.

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IntrepidXJ
July 12th, 2009, 21:57
Amanda took this one
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Full photo galleries: http://myxj.net/g2/v/2009_adventures/silverton_animas

Hugothegrunt
July 12th, 2009, 22:46
As alway Randy, Great report and fantastic Pic's. I like Amanda's the best though.:D

Original_MudButt
July 13th, 2009, 11:58
Amanda took this one
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Postcard perfect!!

Great pics... Looks like a lot of fun. I'm jealous.

We have distant relatives in Cortez, but haven't been there in 15 years.

IntrepidXJ
July 14th, 2009, 20:04
Playing around with some of my Animas Forks photos

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thethinginthewoods
July 16th, 2009, 15:17
Those are some amazing pics!