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Hecla Junction Road - Chaffee County, Colorado

Photos Of A Snowy Road Leading To The Arkansas River and Portage Point


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Hecla Junction Road
January 26, 2008 - It was one of those bright and sunny Colorado afternoons where I had to get out for awhile. Seeking to go anywhere I've never been before, I drove on Hecla Junction Road, a hilly dirt road that leads to Hecla Junction, a common portage area for whitewater rafters on the Arkansas River.
Mt. Princeton
Mt. Shavano and Mt. Antero
Heading up a hill, the views of Mt. Princeton (top), Mt. Antero and Mt. Shavano (bottom) were pretty nice.

Hecla Junction Road It's been a very snowy winter!

Other snow pages in the past twelve months:
  • Long and Snowy Drive
  • Cottonwood Pass Road
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowy & Icy Pond
  • After A Long Snowstorm
  • Hecla Junction Road A view facing west at the high point on the road. These mountains east of Browns Canyon get little respect, because they are situated so close to larger ranges like the Sangre De Cristo Range, the Sawatch Range and the Mosquito Range.
    Hecla Junction Road One more view looking back at Mt. Princeton with a lovely snowy road. :)
    Arkansas River
    Arkansas River
    And here it is ... the Arkansas River at Hecla Junction.

    A significant part of the river's edge was iced over and covered in snow, and I did dare to walk out on there. :)

    If you ever have whitewater rafted or kayaked between Buena Vista and Salida, particularly in Browns Canyon, then there is a good chance you've been in this spot.

    Steve Arkansas River Portages and Rapids

    My other pages from this section of Chaffee County:
  • Southern Chaffee County
  • Arkansas River Kayaking
  • Town of Turret, CO
  • Poncha Pass
  • Ruby Mountain
  • I smoked a cigar and walked around. I also captured a picture of the sign showing various portages and rapids along the river.

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