Just got back from a short 4 day jaunt to the San Juans south of where we live. We went through Ouray and up Mineral Creek. We ended up doing all of the Alpine Loop as well as a few other loops. The weather was cool and rainy every day which is the norm. Absolutely beautiful!
The SMB did great on these narrow roads. I am impressed with the capability of this bohemoth, the gearing, power, and clearance were great. For those of you not familiar with the Mineral Creek section, it is rather narrow with several interesting rocky off camber switchbacks.
A low hanging cable just scraped across the cargo box.
A view from below Engineer Pass
One of our capmsites at 11'400ft.
Another one of our campsites, this one had an amazing view and was at 12,400ft.
A little story here. So I keep my fire ring in the cargo carrier and usually just toss it to the ground when unloading. I do this because it is pretty heavy with wood and pretty dirty. So I did my usual method, which I quickly realized was not the best or brightest method for sure. Once the tub hit the ground it bounced and spiraled down the hill. With a resounding $%&@ I watched it roll all the way down to the lake below where it came to rest minus the load of firewood that was in it. It seems that the tub is effective at ejecting said firewood at regular interevals as it rolls down a mountainside. My wife of course, laughed during the entire event. This photo shows the tub and the end of its joyride and the tiny bump on the horizon is the SMB at camp. Good times!!
Oh Point! Near Engineer Pass.