While hiking one day near the Ghost Town of St. Elmo, Colorado, I spotted an off-road trail that seemed like a nice diversion. As I hiked above the town, the trail began to get rockier and rockier, until somewhere along the way, the rocks turned into boulders. Knowing it to be a 4-wheel trail, it seemed impossible that this rough terrain was meant for vehicles. Until, much to my surprise, I heard the sound of an engine.
After a time, it caught up to me, so I decided to take a few photos. We spent some time leapfrogging each other as they navigated the boulder field.
At one point, there was such torque while trying to climb one particularly large boulder that it lifted one of the wheels off the ground!
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Once through the boulders, they invited me to join them on their drive up to Iron Chest Mine above timberline at an elevation of 12,000 feet above sea level. But, that’s another blog entry …
- The Ghost Town of St. Elmo, Colorado
- Wikipedia entry for St. Elmo, Colorado
- St. Elmo, Haunted Colorado Ghost Town – Legends of America
- Iron Chest Mine – Topog Map Available at Trails.Com
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