Darn, today is the last day for trail riding at this year’s FJ Cruiser Summit. We've had a great time meeting such nice people
and seeing some of the most outstanding scenery in the world. Thank goodness the cameras are now digital because It would
have cost me a ton in processing.
We started our day as usual at daybreak. When we arrived at the Best Western the sun was just breaking over the mountains.
It was going to be another gorgeous day. We've been very fortunate to have such great weather throughout the week.
I happened to see this FJ camped over by our staging area.
People were gathering at their designated check in points and were eager to get on with the days ride. Today we are sponsoring
Imogene Pass which is known as one of the most scenic runs. The summit elevation is 13,114 feet. It is the second highest pass
in Colorado that is passable by vehicles.
As we were handing out our goodie bags I noticed a couple of kids getting ready for their ride. We had some Brad Keslowoski model
race cars so I grabbed a couple and with mom’s permission handed them to the kids. They really enjoyed them.
When the last group of the day was leaving we joined up with them. This trail starts just south of town. The immense mountains
engulf you almost immediately. Right after the sign for Imogene Pass there is a fun little (optional) water crossing. If you prefer,
there is a bridge that goes across the water but what fun is that.
Shortly after going through a beautiful woods section there is a boulder we had to crawl up. I believe Imogene Falls was to the left of
this area. We had a large group so we motored through this section.
There was a ton of water coming down the mountain and some of the people said it was the most water they had seen in years.
There were a couple of other small water crossings. The water looks so refreshing.
As we come out of the woods there is a beautiful snow laced mountain with an old miner’s house just begging us to come take a look.
Getting into the Imogene mine was a bit of a challenge. The road was made up of old mine tailings with water on both sides and about
a 30 foot straight drop. The road was plenty wide but as a passenger it seemed very narrow.
This is from the passenger side window as we drove across the dam.
It was stunning watching the majestic FJ Cruisers in line coming across the dam.
There was a tricky part as we neared the other side. The road dipped putting you in an off camber position. As a driver, you climb
up the other side of the narrow path which made it seem like you should turn to the left, but you actually needed to turn right.
I was spotting at this point and every driver wanted to go left. There were only a few inches for error at this point. This was
one place where I was happy to be out taking photos.