Wolf Creek Pass, Colorado

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We drove over Wolf Creek Pass in late July of 2007. The pass is at an elevation of 10,800 feet, over two miles high, and Hwy 160 is rather steep in places. Our little Toyota RV pulling the boat was reduced to 1st gear and 20 mph in a couple of places, but could pull 2nd gear most of the way.

The first video is the drive up from Pagosa Springs to Wolf Creek Pass on Hwy 160, with a brief stop at Treasure Falls.

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The second video is a side trip up a gravel road to Lobo Lookout at 11,700 feet. Lobo Lookout is on a peak, so you can see all around 360 degrees. It was cold enough for a jacket in mid afternoon, even in late July. We could see some snow on surrouding peaks. A couple of places on this road were steeper yet.

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The third video is a side trip to Big Meadows Reservoir and Shaw Lake, beautiful mountain lakes just big enough for a small boat, and good fishing. New Zealand mud snails are in these lakes, so you need to disinfect your boat and trailer after lauching here. Big Meadows Campground has about 60 campsites, pit toilets, water hydrants here and there through the campground, and no dump station. The water tasted ok to me. The campground was almost full when we arrived on Thursday, so it would be a good idea to make reservations. Many sites are ok for RV's, but no electricity or water in the sites.

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The fourth video is a short walk up the trail from Big Meadows Campground to Cascade Falls. It's only 1/4 mile, but it's through dense woods and the trail is not improved, with countless rocks and roots to step over. Cascade Falls was nice.

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Lastly, a bit of driving down the other side from Wolf Creek Pass to South Fork, Colorado. There is one big snow shed, so the snow can go on down the mountain without blocking the road, and also one tunnel on the trip.

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These videos were taken with the Panasonic PV-GS35

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