Day 3 – Black Bear Pass and Bridal Veil Falls
We awoke early to pack up camp and then headed out to conquer one of the most challenging and “puckering” trails of the weekend. The trail entrance to Black Back Pass was just a short drive from our campsite. Once again the scenery did not disappoint…. The roadsides were covered with wildflowers, including the white and lavender Columbine which is Colorado’s state flower. We also passed under cables still attached to the mountain sides. The miners used the cables to transport themselves and supplies to the other side. After reaching the summit at 12,840 feet, we stopped for photos with an amazing Rocky Mountain background.
The descent was made up of a series of switchbacks which overlook the town of Telluride. The switch back turns were slightly precarious and required a spotter at most turns (and a tight grip on the inside passenger door handle). With loose rocks and no room for error, the switchbacks could definitely make one “pucker.” View this link to see a great picture of the “infamous switchbacks:” Black Bear Pass Switchbacks.
The end of the trail rewarded us with an AMAZING view of Bridal Veil Falls – one of the highest waterfall in Colorado. It is a site to see with a working house/power plant sitting on top of the 365 feet falls. With a short ride the rest of the way down the mountain to Telluride, the 1st Annual 100 Series Cruise the San Juan’s came to an end for us and we began the drive back home.
We are already planning next year’s event, which promises to have even more Cruisers. So, if you haven’t yet, go buy a Land Cruiser and we will see you at the camp fire!!