After months of emails, texts and conference calls with the 3 other Co-Directors, it was finally time to hit the road. Bandit and I had the Cruiser and trailer packed up and we were off for the 3rd Annual 100s in the Hills event. Some of you might remember a few years ago a trip we took to the San Juans to camp and wheel with some friends. Well, this small excursion has grown significantly in the past three years to a nationally recognized event. This year we had almost 30 vehicles from all over the country, 65 people in attendance and twenty-three sponsors. Located in a remote area where everyone is to be self sufficient, we require all participants to practice the leave no trace principles. This event takes quite a bit of logistics and planning, which was completely worthwhile. No one left disappointed.
Unfortunately Kristy was out of town on business, but she is sure to attend next year. I wrote an article that was published in the November/December issue of Toyota Trails magazine on this years event. Please click below for the online edition of the article page 19:
Toyota Trails Nov/Dec 3013
Below are more pictures and a link to the 100s in the Hills Facebook page:
Facebook/100s in the Hills
Day #1: Clear Lake family fun run
Why I didn’t catch any trout…
Day #2: Ophir Pass & Imogene Pass
Day #3: Black Bear Pass
Stopped the group for pictures
Sharing some space with the free ranging sheep
San Juan panorama
Black Bear Pass summit: 12,840 ft
Telluride far below
Bridal Veil Falls
Day #3 continued, Directors run back to camp and night run:
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!!