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I have tried to get a group run with some 4x4 owners from a local 4x4 club I'm on, but since nobody has showed up in Idaho Springs this morning, we've decided to go ahead and do the run anyways by ourselves. We drove up the Oh My God road (pretty) to Russell Gulch.

-Btw, before I go any further. My buddy Mike (yellow FJC, wrecked) let me use his Garmin Nuvi 350. What a piece of "equipment" that is. Kept trying to get us lost all day, good thing I've only used it for way-points.- OK, rant over.

In Russell Gulch, we've taken a shortcut up Roy Smith rd to Bald Mountain rd. It winds up the hill around some private properties, including mines. The structures were cool.



Once we got onto Bald Mountain rd, the Nuvi led us up to a gated residence that had bunch of yellow sign warnings all over the place. Basically, we were just asking to get shot, so decided to wisely retreat and ignore the dumb Nuvi. Roy Smith rd put us just a short distance from Yankee Hill turn off (towards the cemetery, WP#8 in Wells book). We took that to the intersection with Alpine way. Got a little confused with the directions again and took Hamlin Gulch trail instead of 175.1 to YH. After a mile or two, we got suspicious that we're on a wrong trail heading downhill, so we've backtracked and got our headings again.
Back on 175.1 we came to the little rock obstacle that we remembered from a trip with Smash and decided to copy his pose:

Lisa has talked me out of attempting to rip plastic parts off the car, so I've only posed for pictures, but after she got back in the car, she said it looked like it was doable. From respect to her I didn't run it, but we both knew we'll be back another day.
On we went towards YH when we came to the "play area" before the big intersection. Looks like the FS is flattening the fun rut and doing some extra work there.

We took the rocky shortcut on the left (175.3B) which we've struggled with due to some new drainage channels. I remembered it being a lot easier back when we were there with Smash in July. But, we managed to get up that way and onto the intersection where we had lunch.

For the full report, go see Yankee Hill - OFFROADSUBARUS.com
 
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My buddy Mike (yellow FJC, wrecked) let me use his Garmin Nuvi 350. What a piece of "equipment" that is. Kept trying to get us lost all day, good thing I've only used it for way-points.
Yeah, my Magellan GPS acted more confused than usual in the Russel Gulch area, too. It's not like I was in a hurry to be anywhere specific though, so I didn't mind.:icon_biggrin:
 
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