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Jun 16 2015
PrestonSands
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Red Mountain No. 3Southwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 318 AEG
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Hike to the site of Red Mountain Town, not the peak (same general area).

We had planned on hiking to the summit of Red Mountain no 3, but the San Juans had too much late season snow pack for a casual hike. We settled for an easy hike into the ghost town of Red Mountain instead, which neither of us had ever been to. I surveyed the scene, trying to get a feel for the historic town, which exists only in photographs, and which largely burned down on 1892. Shauna went roaming and soon found an old glass bottle poking out of the soil. After a thorough exploration, we hiked back to the truck, parked near the highway.

We continued north to Ouray, where we stopped at the Ouray Brewing Company. Having sampled their offerings, we drove up Sneffels Creek to camp out for the night at my old hidden side road camp site from last year.
A great day!
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Jan 15 2012
Jim_H
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 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Red Mountain No. 3Southwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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Jim_H
Hiking1.00 Miles 200 AEG
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I believed this would be easy as there are tracks from a snow cat in the area It soon became obvious they were not taking me where I needed to be. I wasn't even going to attempt to hike up hill in the powder that was in this shady area. It was not to be, and this is probably not a good winter hike.
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Jun 17 2009
PrestonSands
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41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Red Mountain No. 3Southwest, CO
Southwest, CO
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PrestonSands
Hiking5.50 Miles 2,282 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   1.65 mph
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Reviewing our options over a hotel breakfast in Ouray, my brother Ryan and I abandoned our plans for the Lizard Head Wilderness, and decided upon Telluride Peak, near Red Mountain Pass. It looked do-able on the map, but upon reaching Red Mountain Pass, there looked to be way too much snow. We opted to give Red Mountain #3 a try, as it looked to be relatvely free of snow, and there was some sort of road leading up it, according to our map. With a late start of 10:50 am, we closely watched the skies as we hiked up the closed road to Red Mountain, thankful that the land owner was friendly toward hikers :) . Reaching the saddle at 12,100 feet, the wind picked up, and it grew noticably colder. We began to feel the altitude climbing up the south slope. Rest stops grew frequent, and I was glad I had done some acclimitization in the previous weeks. The skies were still safe when we arrived at the snow capped, 12,890 foot summit, where I promptly sank up to my waist in snow :lol: This was the highest Ryan and I had ever been. What a peak! Although scrawny by Colorado standards, it felt like the top of the world. I took a ton of pics and sent a text to a friend in Phoenix to torture him with our location. With thunderstorms starting to build to the west, we sadly began the hike down, where we ran into a group of local hikers who were just below the peak. With gravity working for us, we reached our car quickly.

After the hike, Ryan humored me as we explored the overgrown grade of the Silverton Railroad (not to be confused with the Durango & Silverton RR, which still exists), on a mountainside just west of the Red Mountain townsite. Coal fragments, a couple of ancient ties, and a rusty spike confirmed that it was indeed the old RR route. Train passengers would have had an impressive view of Red Mountain where we were.
Red Mountain was definitely the highlight of our Colorado trip, and was a hike Ryan and I will long remember. :D :D :D

The video: https://www.youtube.com/user/PrestonTheYeti?feature=mhw4
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