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Imogene Pass - 2 members in 4 triplogs have rated this an average 4.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 31 2013
Dennyforreal
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36 male
 Joined May 04 2012
 Denver, CO
Imogene PassWest, CO
West, CO
4x4 Trip avatar Aug 31 2013
Dennyforreal
4x4 Trip7.40 Miles 5,537 AEG
4x4 Trip7.40 Miles   3 Hrs      2.47 mph
5,537 ft AEG
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Jul 05 2013
DBmooner
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35 male
 Joined Jan 03 2011
 chandler, Az
Imogene PassWest, CO
West, CO
4x4 Trip avatar Jul 05 2013
DBmooner
4x4 Trip12.70 Miles 5,537 AEG
4x4 Trip12.70 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   3.46 mph
5,537 ft AEG
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an awesome 4x4 road that gets kind of narrow at a couple places if you take a full size pickup. started on the Telluride side and came down the Ouray side and headed over to Mount Sneffels. we picked the worst day of the year to drive this road there were way to many people on it we had to stop at almost every pull out to let someone coming down pass. while we were coming down we had a nice storm bump on us for about an hour, it cleared up once we started the 4x4 road that leads to the second and third parking lot . we made it about half way between the second and third parking lot be for we decided that the road was to narrow and that the signs were right short wheel base vehicles only so. we stopped at a big pull out by drainage pipe on the way back to the second trail head and had lunch be for we set out on our hike but mother nature had other planes and be for I could finish my lunch another thunderstorm rolled in so we made a group decision to call the hike and just try again tomorrow .
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Aug 15 2012
CannondaleKid
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71 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Imogene PassWest, CO
West, CO
4x4 Trip avatar Aug 15 2012
CannondaleKid
4x4 Trip12.70 Miles 3,700 AEG
4x4 Trip12.70 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   10.89 mph
3,700 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
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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! she said.

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:
http://changephoenix.com/jpserver/web/public/album.php?id=199

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.
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Jul 20 2011
skatchkins
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43 male
 Joined Dec 22 2007
 Mesa, AZ
Imogene PassWest, CO
West, CO
4x4 Trip avatar Jul 20 2011
skatchkins
4x4 Trip7.40 Miles 5,537 AEG
4x4 Trip7.40 Miles
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The long day.

Started out the day hiking out of Ice Lakes Basin, met up with the nonhikers and led them up Black Bear. We'd been waiting to hear if they were going to open it and that morning the gas station had it listed confirmed open. So up we went until we got to the pass and saw the bulldozer still moving snow. I went down and talked to the guys and they laughed about it being listed as open. "We haven't even been able to get to the rockslides on the switchbacks yet." So we turned around.

My plan B was Ophir so we took it to reach Telluride. No issues just great views, until we got to the pavement and one Jeep's distributor went kaput. Towed him to Telluride but of course no one had the part. We ate at the Llama Bar & Grill and I think their Llama (name not meat) burger may have been the best burger I've ever had. Unfortunately I had cell reception there and ended up getting a call and having to deal with a bad work issue that took way too long to bandaid best I could from as many miles away. Paul, on his phone was able to find a town with a part that took his CC info and hid the part out back for him. Minus his and another Jeep, we began our way up Imogene.

Halfway to the townsite of Tomboy, Alan's Jeep started giving him transmission trouble, hemorrhaging fluid. Not fun with a stick shift giving not much in the line of gears on a cliffside. It was either turnaround or try to make it to Tomboy for camp. My plan was for us to camp on Imogene either way so it didn't really matter where we made it to but there was no pulloffs until Tomboy so I advise him to try to make it to there.

Oh, cliffsides, not so scary to me. Driving across a gap in the world, bridged only by chain length fence laid down with some narrow boards where your tires are supposed to go... little tiny bit puckery.

It turned out only dealers had the special tranny fluid Alan's Jeep needed so we figured if we left in the morn when it was cool, we could get him to the pass and then he could just coast down.

We go to Tomboy just as the sun was setting so of course after finding a spot that would accommodate everyone, I ran around trying to take pics in the fading light.

They got the fire going with the aid of battery powered mattress pumps to feed it the extra oxygen in the thin air of the 11500 altitude. However it began, in the dark around the fire, we ended up doing Christopher Walken impressions and all of sudden we heard a noise right behind us. Flashlights went on and we found a deer 20ft away coming into camp to what we now all believe was because he was a-pparent-ly a ha-yuge fa-yn.

The deer actually stuck around a couple hours, trotting off and then coming back soon after.

In the morning we got up, did breakfast and then summited the pass and the great views. The way down was uneventful but we did some stops and of course played in the water. Once we finally reached the bottom, we ate a lunch together and then the hikers drove down to the end of Yankee Boy and started the Blue Lakes Pass hike.
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