After our drive up to Yankee Boy Basin and hike up to Blue Lakes Pass, next on our agenda for the day was Imogene Pass.
Moments after leaving Camp Bird Road to head up Imogene Pass Road we had a choice of driving across a flowing creek or driving over a short wooden bridge. I chose the bridge which gave Tracey a fright as the planks were very loose and the bridge wobbled. Next time drive through the creek!
The next section was a mix of deep puddles and short rock steps that took a watchful eye to pick out the best lines. As we ascended along Imogene Creek we began to meet other folks headed in the opposite direction. The farther we went the more we met and it became clear more traffic was headed north than south. As bog-slow as some of the folks were moving, we were glad we weren't following them. If it were for taking pictures, that's one thing, but many had some very serious four-wheeling vehicles yet seemed VERY tentative in areas of no consequence. They may have spent the $$ on the equipment but without experience I guess it means nothing.
There was so much to see along the road that we didn't have time for so we will definitely be back next year with more time to burn.
We made it to Imogene Pass at the opportune time. After spending 15 minutes taking photos at the eastern overlook of Imogene Pass we caught up to the only group of Jeeps heading in the same direction as us when they stopped for a few minutes at the actual pass. All we had to do was wait for a lone Jeep to finish the ascent from the Telluride side and we were on the way down. Pretty much all the way down to Telluride we met more and more vehicles, spending a reasonable amount of time for each to pass. It was a pretty even split between private vehicles, rented Jeeps and tour vehicles.
Once we got into Telluride it was worse than rush hour traffic. Of course there was some kind of event going on and with wall-to-wall people it took quite some time to get through and out to Bridal Veil Falls. Telluride quickly cemented its place in our minds of a ritzy, celebrity, tourist town with plenty of obnoxious people... it might be just right for others visitors, but then we were here to hike and four-wheel, not sit around sampling expensive food or buying trinkets to pack away once we got home.
I posted the top 40 photos on HAZ, the full set of 50 photos is here:
I'm not even halfway through my photosets of Colorado so I'm sure it will a week or two before I get to editing and posting videos.