Well, the 4
Corners contingency at least. =8-) Kennebec Pass is at 11740 feet
and only about 30 miles from us as a crow flies. It is about 45
by pavement. We met up with Ryan at the gas station in Hesperus
on Hwy 160. Just a short hop over to the Kennebec Cafe and up to
the treeline. This is pretty non technical and mostly for the incredible
vistas. The top of the pass is a big notch in the top of a ridge
where miners blasted through many years ago so they could dig on
the other side. The trail on the other side is only lightly maintained
to a private mine that is active. We did not go down the other side
as we were not sure if there was a place to turn around if we had
to. So, that will be another adventure later. The flowers on this
trip blew away anything we saw in Ouray area last month.
We came back
down to the intersection of Colorado Trail on the divide and took
in a whole new look to us at the Lizardhead complex, Engineer Mtn
and many others to the North. Had lunch here and headed back out.
We left at 9 and got home at 4. Nice easy day trip. It could have
got tough because there is the option to take on some muddy side
trails. More on that when we venture there.
More pix here: