"weekday run" is on the calendar at Front Range 4x4. I have a couple
days open so I say yes! The trip was scheduled for the prior Tuesday
though weather looked like rain might be an issue. Thursday was better
regarding rain and folks had the option to move to thurs. In the end -
weather was FANTASTIC!
I drove from home to Breckenridge and picked up Mary Beth, in visiting
for a short trip, and we joined the group (Chris, James & Jen) at the Wheeler Lake trail
head. We spent a bit of time at the mill and then headed up the trail.
The obstacles did not take long for our small, capable group to
process. Before long we were at the lake. A hike up to the mine for a
view inside with a nice lesson from James and Jen on rocks, their
formation, and mining. Nicely appreciated.
Heading out, MB and I took a chance at getting to the Mosquito Pass
mills, thus the jump down to Alma but in the end we wished to get back
to Breckenridge so we gave up before getting to the sites.
We enjoyed a nice dinner and conversation with Sarah and Tom. He
whipped up a tasty dinner like it was no big deal. Thanks Tom!
Times - from the GPS track log
|Leave Fort Collins
Arrive Breckenridge to pick up Mary Beth
Meet the group at the trail head / Magnolia Reservoir
Start the trail
Arrive at the Magnolia Mill
Leave the mill (20 min at the mill)
Arrive at Wheeler Lake
Leave Wheeler Lake (approx, GPS powered down) 1h 38m at the lake / mine
Arrive at the trail head / Magnolia Reservoir
Aired up, done chatting, moving out