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Dad, Marshall, and I visit Gold Creek, Alpine Tunnel, and the Continental Divide via Slumgullion Pass
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Nance cabin road approaching Gold Creek from the cabin's side


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Sandy Hook mine entrance (shame its still locked up, was fun to explore)


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Cabin below Sandy Hook mine dump


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Cabin below Sandy Hook mine dump


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From old road leaving south from Sandy Hook, looking across gulch at old mine


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Aspens just starting to turn above Sandy Hook


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Old garage/barn along Nance cabin road


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Upper cabin, aspens have mostly recovered from the beaver's harvest several years ago


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It was really wet while we were there. This is view from lower cabin's shed after a particularly hard rain.


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It was really wet while we were there. This is view from lower cabin's shed after a particularly hard rain.


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From along my father's trail (still in pretty good shape despite his having less chances for upkeep)


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Marshall on Dad's trail


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Beaver ponds, maybe a half mile above the cabins, from Dad's trail


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Beaver ponds, maybe a half mile above the cabins, from Dad's trail (note recent work by the beavers)


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Beaver ponds, maybe a half mile above the cabins, from Dad's trail


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Beaver ponds, maybe a half mile above the cabins, from Dad's trail


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Beaver ponds, maybe a half mile above the cabins, from Dad's trail


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Spring near old Aquaregia mine site


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Looking up towards Fossil Mtn. and Mill Lake basin


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With things so wet, there were lots of mushrooms of various types. These were 3-4 inches in diameter


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Last of the photos from our going along Dad's trail…


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Dad refilling a couple kerosene lamps.


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First photo from above Pitkin, along the old rail bed, on way to Alpine Tunnel site


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Rail bed on way to Alpine Tunnel


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Entrance to restoration efforts, Tunnel Gulch, just below Alpine Tunnel


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Ruins of stone engine house


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Meadow in Tunnel Gulch, looking towards the Continental Divide


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First sighting of Marmots near old turntable


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Approaching where Alpine Tunnel began (mostly covered by loose rubble)


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Explanation of Tunnel entry point (rock wall is part of the tunnel opening rockwork, still in place)


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From tunnel entrance, looking down Tunnel Gulch across Middle Quartz Creek Gulch


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Marshall and Dad at Tunnel Entrance site.


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Heading up trail above tunnel towards Continental Divide


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Heading up trail above tunnel towards Continental Divide


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Heading up trail above tunnel looking down towards old rail bed


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Continental Divide above Alpine Tunnel


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Continental Divide above Alpine Tunnel


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Looking over the other side towards Mt. Princeton (14197') in the distance, in the sunlight


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Continental Divide above Alpine Tunnel


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Continental Divide above Alpine Tunnel


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Continental Divide above Alpine Tunnel, looking east towards Grizzly Mountain


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Along the Continental Divide Trail


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Heading back into Tunnel Gulch


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Restored building acting as museum for Alpine Tunnel


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Marmot along road as we were leaving Tunnel Gulch


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Middle Quartz Creek Gulch. Railroad's path is still clearly visible


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Deer in the road (sorry about glare, photo taken through windshield)


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Aspens were turning fast (noticeable change in color in the few hours since we had last been by them)


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Fossil Ridge from Boulder Lake trail


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View to south from Boulder Lake trail


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We'd just been pelted with corn snow, and minutes later we were chased off ridge by rain/thunder, but for a few minutes the sun came out and was warm.


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Next day, at Mill Lake


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Mill Lake


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Campsite at Mill Lake


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Mill Lake's outflow


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Marshall with very wide lens


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Only fair - me, taken same way


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(using longer, less unflattering lens)


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Mill Lake to Fossil Mountain


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Canadian Jay (aka Camp Robber)


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I love these birds :-)


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On our way home. Lake San Cristobal from heading up Slumgullion Pass


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Slumgullion Pass highway, source of huge rockslide which create Lake San Cristobal is visible ahead


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A few of the San Juans from Slumgullion Pass viewpoint


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Source of slide material


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Wetterhorn (14016') on left and Uncompahgre (14308') on right


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…and down the other side into the Rio Grande headwaters


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North Clear Creek falls


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Bob Nance (my Dad)


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Bob Nance (my Dad)


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Rio Grande Pyramid and valley below


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Road heading up above Creede CO


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