With the latest Indian summer I can remember since I moved to Colorado the mountains were calling this weekend.  We set out around noon Sunday with a crew of 4 of us.  The plan was to just take Express creek up to Taylor pass then evaluate from there.

Lindsay coming up in his Bronco behind Jesse in his Willys nearing the top of Express Creek in the snow.
Lindsay coming up in his Bronco behind Jesse in his Willys nearing the top of Express Creek in the snow.

Headed up express creek there were only a few small snow fields the largest one being on the skinny section of the trail near the top.  The snow was a little slick but not very deep and easy enough to get through in 4 wheel drive.

The Crew on top of Taylor Pass. Snow all around but very little on the trail.
The Crew on top of Taylor Pass. Snow all around but very little on the trail.

At the top it was gorges.  The view combined with the blue sky was unbeatable especially for November 13th.  We decided to head down to the lake and take a right, headed out a road that none of us had explored previously.  The main reason we took this road was the allure of a snow covered hill climb that would pose a challenge.

Lindsay getting his Bronco to full gallop coming up the hardest section of trail.
Lindsay getting his Bronco to full gallop coming up the hardest section of trail.

Once up the hill we stayed on the trail cruising through to some epic scenery.  About 3 miles in Justin’s front leaf spring locator pins gave out.  His axle shoved about a foot forward of where it was supposed to be.  Luckily? We had gone through this 2 times before with his rear springs and were able to limp him home pretty quick.

Ross stopping to take in the view.
Ross stopping to take in the view.

Coming down Express creek was just a cruise and quickly cooling down.  Justin’s FJ was moving a long and working great considering the front axle was twisted and had no pins to locate it.  The ride home in temperatures less than freezing with no heat was brisk.

Sunset in the Rockies
Sunset in the Rockies
Justin Psyched that Lindsay is first to dive under his rig and start spinning wrenches
Justin Psyched that Lindsay is first to dive under his rig and start spinning wrenches
Lindsay not as psyched to be spinning wrenches under Justin's rig
Lindsay not as psyched to be spinning wrenches under Justin’s rig
Justin Looking a little chilled. Note the twisted front axle.
Justin Looking a little chilled. Note the twisted front axle.
Those short wheel base rigs sure do make the scree fields look bumpy
Those short wheel base rigs sure do make the scree fields look bumpy
The Bronco stretching its legs.
The Bronco stretching its legs.
Ross descending from the top of Taylor
Ross descending from the top of Taylor

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