Ghost Town Run 2023

HoneyBadger

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Wow. What a whirlwind of a trip.
I’ll just give a quick overview, and then come back and post up specifics and pictures.

Thursday, Daine and I left Bailey super early and went down to Buena Vista. We drove over Cottonwood Pass to Taylor Park Reservoir and down to Gunnison. Then we turned south again and headed to Lake City and went over Engineer Pass to Animas Forks.
We got into camp around 4:45ish and set up our tents. Everyone else was still out, coming back from Imogene Pass and Ophir Pass. So we went into town and grabbed a burger and a beer and some big spray.

Friday we got a decently early start and spent the day exploring Kendall Mountain and then the Eureka town site and mill and then Eureka Gulch and the Sunny Side Mine. Daine, Mike, and I climbed up to an old tramway station on the way back down. Then I went off by my self to find an old location I’d found many years prior to recreate a picture. Perry showed up in camp that evening and we all had a good time with beer around the campfire.

Saturday we started out by going to and exploring all around the Buffalo Boy Mine and then dropped down to the Old Hundred Mine and took the guided tour. It was really interesting and engaging. Everyone seemed to have a good time with that.
After the tour we headed back towards camp but kept going further up the valley to the Mayflower mine. This road ended up being a pretty narrow and loose shelf road. Alex blew a tire on the last and most sketchy part of the road. Mike, Jake, Daine and I were able to make it to the mine site to explore it. Everyone else headed back down to camp after Alex’s tire was swapped out.
We went into town and had pizzas and beers for dinner and spent some time walking around town, down to the old train depot and back.
More beers by the campfire that night.

Sunday morning everyone packed up and headed out their own separate ways.
I went down into town and filled up at the gas station and then took the back way out of town up towards Corkscrew Pass and Hurricane Pass. I explored a couple spurs I’d always wanted to see and then went up over California Pass and back down into Animas Forks. I took Stoney Pass out, over to the Rio Grande Reservoir, then back up to Lake City. Climbing up from Lake City towards Gunnison, my coolant kept getting hotter than I’d prefer. So I stopped in at a car wash to spray the dust and dirt out of the radiator. The dust had been so bad all weekend. Everything in and on the truck was just caked in a fine tan dust. I had to take the pre filter off my K&N so the truck could actually breathe. It was struggling a bit coming up and over Stoney Pass.
I made it home about 7:40 after 12 hours behind the wheel. 700+ miles for the whole trip.

I had a great time. The GTR is one of my favorite things to do every year. And this year was another great trip. It’s been way too long since I’ve been able to make it down to Silverton/Animas Forks/etc. and it was really nice to get to be there again.

Thanks to Perry for planning this out again. It’s a bummer his truck couldn't make it and he was delayed. But he made the best of it and we all had a great Saturday together. But this is definitely a first, where an AWD Nissan came along on the GTR. 🤣

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Thursday.
Coming up over Engineer Pass, we took a spur road off to Golconda Mine Complex.
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I really like vehicles on the trail pics but I REALLY, REALLY like seeing the info placards about the sites and seeing all of the old machinery. Bummed to have missed the run but so glad you are sharing those pics of inside the structures. Loving the history lesson Professor @TheHoneyBadger
 

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Friday.
Eureka town site and mill site ruins. Eureka Gulch and Sunnyside Mine and associated tramway between Sunnyside Mine and Eureka Mill.
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What a great Ghost Town Run! Even though I missed a few days due to the 4runner not being happy (found out later that it has a good misfire, going into ATLR Friday to diagnose), still had a great time with everyone. Was really great to get down to Silverton- almost 20 years from my last visit. Checking out Buffalo Boy mine on Saturday was great and I really enjoyed the Old Hundred mine tour. One of the more engaging ones. Again, thanks everyone for a great weekend.

Currently working my way through pics, one for now. The Treasury Tunnel and the Idarado Mine complex off Red Mountain Pass.

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Ripley, @DomOfTheDead and I had the privilege of attending this years Ghost town run and it was a blast as always. Thank you to @bh4rnnr and everyone that attended. The scenery in Ouray/Silverton was breathtaking and the trails were fun. We left Lakewood Tuesday evening and camped that night near Silverthorne from a recommendation from @KC Masterpiece , Thank you! Wednesday we made our way to the group campsite and started to run into the others soon after we got into Silverton. Beautiful wild flowers and waterfall were everywhere. pics by both of usView attachment DSC_0008.JPGView attachment DSC_0040.JPGView attachment DSC_0045.JPGView attachment DSC_0054.JPGView attachment DSC_0081.JPGView attachment DSC_0109.JPGView attachment DSC_0129.JPG
 

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My pictures from the run

Thanks to Perry for setting this up it was awesome!

And thanks to Dom, Brandi, and Travis for leading during it.
 

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Thanks Perry for again organizing this Ghostly event. As always great people, rigs a few minor issues for some, me included in that. Saw a few new things in the area I really enjoyed ( a cool draft come first to mind).

Area is just stunning and will head back on Sunday for another event if I can get a Master brake cylinder and booster in time, had a near Diaper needed moment.

Will take Stony pass one way or the other now that I know, thanks Travis. A few pics here
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