Exploring Pitkin and beyond

Walled into Pitkin from our campsite about 1/2 mile. Not much going on but a general store with locals having coffee on the front porch. Learned that Pitkin is 9200’ and mostly seasonal services. Nice neat community.
Drove to Middle Quartz Campground which was also suggested by the host at Snowblind. On the way we saw several places to boondock with the T@G. Road was rough in a few places but passable. Saw a moose along the road but didn’t join the group of gapers to look at it.
The Campground is pretty much boondocking with a table, fire pit and a pit toilet. We felt very lucky to be there. We need to look up where we were and what mountains we were looking at. Maybe Shavano?
There was also a stagecoach stop there that was used from 1880-1882. When to Tincup and beyond. Pretty interesting area and so close to home!

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Pitkin Campground Site 1

Our initial destination was Snowblind Campground near Sargents but upon arrival the host said there was a possibility that we’d be evacuated due to flooding of tomichi creek. He sent us here. Pretty quiet with wonderful noise from another creek just steps from our site. Some mosquitos but manageable. Will explore Pitkin and surroundings today. Beautiful weather!

One nighter

Another shakedown to check out our new lifts on the camper. We are three inches higher now! Opted for angel of Shavano cg in maysville after getting hailed on and covered in mud heading to raspberry gulch. Rained and hailed here too but sun is now shining.

First trip of the season

We finally hit the road after installing the boondock platform on the front of the T@G. Headed west and ended up at Black Canyon of the Gunnison campground (south rim.) Got site 9 our favorite. Off season rate of $4. New tow vehicle Jeep Cherokee is so nice. Great upgrade from the truck. Perfect weather. Photos to follow.

Gateview CG to Gunnison

Cold morning! 38 degrees when we ventured out of our T@G. The sun didn’t make it into the canyon until 10:00 and we were very happy when it did! Finally on the road at 11:00.

We took the 15 mile Blue Mesa cutoff road (CR 25) to Highway 50. What a treat! High road across a bluff with amazing views. Some residences along the way. Most likely summer homes. Road is dirt and wash boarded but okay for travel. Some big ranches with cattle. Also a Ute Indian reservation. A worthwhile one hour trip. Next time we will take the Lake City cutoff road just because.

East Fork to Slumgullion Pass

Stopped in South Fork Ranger station and were told about a couple of places to camp tonight. First we went over Slumgullion Pass. The trees are all dead from beetle kill and although an effort was made to plant new ones, there were few that survived. The drive there was quite stunning. Again we were treated to some beautiful fall colors. And before we left the top of the Pass, it started snowing! First of the season for us.