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|May 11, 2007 - I visited friends
and my friend Jay Wilson took me up Last Dollar Road in his 1978 Jeep CJ7.
||Lovely bright orange dashboard.
Some of my other jeep and truck adventures:
Tincup Pass (Jeep)
Truck Photo Gallery
1955 Chevy Truck
|A few photos of the road as we headed upward from the Telluride side. Last Dollar Road is a very scenic road that,
at least during the summer, can be access by most 4-wheel drive vehicles including more modest vehicles
like Subaru wagons.
The area is full of massive aspen groves. I dare say this road might be arguably one of the
best areas to photograph fall foliage.
The last photo is the grand view of Wilson Peak (elevation 14,017 feet) with Sunshine Mountain (alt. 12,930 feet) on the
We planned to reach 58P Road, which leads back down to Sawpit, but upon scouting the road, there were too
many patches of snow that would have taken
quite awhile to pass. (See snow patch below)
By the way, I do have other photo galleries dedicated to Telluride:
Bridal Veil Falls
San Juan Mountains
Mount Sneffels Hike
||This large stretch of snow with mud on the side was quite a challenge! ;)
||This is the only photo of me. My left foot sunk way down into the snow,
which wasn't the most pleasurable experience considering I merely wore sandles with no socks. :p)
||Jay did his best to drive through the snow, but it was a bit much.
|As you can see in the top photo, the Jeep actually slid horizontally down the slope of the snow.
The back right tire was leaning perilously off the edge just a tad. That's when Jay got serious and used the winch
which can pull up to 8,000 pounds. Wow!
Using the winch with the angle from the same side didn't do much,
but winching from way across (bottom photo) did the trick! :)
||It took us about an hour to get out of that stretch of snow.
We scouted uphill and realized
there were many more large snow patches and so we decided to come back down.
Jay said he will definitely be back soon, but he will leave much earlier in the day
and will be winching through as much as necessary. His Jeep rocks the house!