Confidence to Explore

Ol Man Bryan's 30th Birthday Offroad Extravaganza - Day 1

A surprise offroad trip across the Rocky Mountains

A good friend of mine turned 30 and I wanted to get him something special. He had never done much offroading and his wife agreed he'd love a few days in the Jeep hitting the trails here in Colorado. I spent the next 8 months planning and it went off without a hitch. I'll take you thru our journey over the next couple posts.

Bryan flew in on a Thursday night and we packed up and headed out Friday morning. When we took this trip, the Jeep was nearly as built up as it is today. To give you an idea of what I was running at the time, I was on stock coils and shocks, a 2.5" TeraFlex Budget Boost, a Gobi Stealth Roof Rack, stock rear bumper/tire carrier, and 265/70r17 BFG KO2 tires with stock Rubi sliders.

Packing up the Jeep Friday morning

All packed up and ready to go.

First trail: Shrine Pass

Climbing up the pass. It's an easy trail that any car could do, but affords you some spectacular views just 30 minutes from home. It actually used to be the primary route between the two valleys before Highway 6 was put in.

Hitting up Mangos Mountain Grill in Red Cliff on the other side. Rooftop patio with a burger and sweet potato fries is hard to beat.

After lunch we headed over to the trailhead for No Name Gulch. Also a pretty easy trail with spectacular views. Water crossing!

Just driving thru some mountain meadows at 11,000'

We connected No Name Gulch to Wurtz Ditch on our way to Slide Lake. Once on Wurtz Ditch it started raining but we came prepared. A tarp from Lowes along with some 6"-10" bungees off Amazon and we were pretty well covered. At least from the top.

Climbing up Slide Lake to our accomodations for the evening

Rain cleared for one heck of a view! Click this bad boy to make the panoramo go full screen

Perfect way to end the first day

We set up hammocks in a little grove of trees right on the lake. First night I had spent in a hammock in the woods and I loved it. Slept in an ENO hammock and bug cover. Brought the rainfly off my tent to stay dry.

The view from inside my hammock

Late night fire to cap it all off

My buddy was kind enough to put together some videos after he got back. Here is the video for Day 1:

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