I had to be in Montrose CO this week for a meeting, so I decided to pack the TW along, take today off and get a ride in over one of the incredible CO mountain passes that I have always wanted to hit.
I settled on Ophir Pass, I have been following several threads over on advrider and this looked to be a good first start with the high mountain passes.
The weather was not great, and a steady drizzle was falling all morning.....but hey, this is "adventure riding" right??
So, I geared up with the rain gear I had and headed up....
The road was in very good shape, to be honest 80% of this pass is doable in a Subaru, however, there are a few spots that I would have really worried if my 4-wheel drive F-150 would have made it.
The views were unbelievable! having grown up in N. Wyoming and having travelled extensively all over the western US, and even in the Canadian Rockies, both in Alberta and BC, the high country of CO is spectacular.....it is unfortunate that my camera does not do this place justice, but I hope it will give you some idea of the views that are in this beautiful place.
Made the Summit and had to take the required bike and "selfie" pic with the sign.......
Crested and began the decent, not a lot of traffic just a couple groups of jeepers.
They are way down the road, but I pulled over and waited for them to go by and enjoyed the view.
Frist glimpse of the metropolis of Ophir.
Quickly dropped back into the trees on the descent.
Ophir is unbelievably scenic little town.
A few shots from the climb back up and over the pass.
Last edited by Wingnut; 09-11-2013 at 04:27 PM.
Only a fool would attempt it, and God help me, I am that fool!
Sweet ride report and pics, thank you.
When I was 12, I was working as a morning newspaper boy and happen to win a contest between paperboys and won a two week trip on horseback in the Colorado mountains. I still remember the stunning views.
+1 and a "like" for your pics
Last edited by littletommy; 09-11-2013 at 07:24 PM.
WOW... SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET. I'm afraid my kidneys wouldn't have been able to keep up with the demand...... (o; What a great view.
How did the dub run at the top ? OMM.
Cool! The aspens haven't started to turn yet, so if I make it down there by the middle of next week and it dries out a little it should be fantastic!!
It's been 30 years since I did Ophir. Doesn't look any different.
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at first i thought the 9000 on the sign was population.... HA! looks like 90 would be crowded. beautiful!
i look forward to meeting you next month, josh and joemama have some beautiful riding planned for you too.
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Quote "it is unfortunate that my camera does not do this place justice" I know right! Great photo's none the less!
Wish I had a meeting there
Hidden Content A ride in the woods helps me relax and release tension. The fact I'm dragging a body should be entirely irrelevant?
Really nice. I most likely will never get there but now I have seen it. Thanks for the spectacular pictures.
Long live the internal combustion engine!
Wingnut, we were just in Montrose a couple of days ago headed for the San Juans, but with all the rain chickened out, and headed for (marginally) drier Moab instead.
Looks awesome, and props, man, for riding the pass in adverse conditions!