Last weekend we headed up with some folks from the Rocky Mountain Club B5 car club to flex our 4×4 muscles on the lightly rated St. John trail. We started just outside of Keystone in Montezuma. The trail ascends pretty rapidly getting you above tree line before you know it. I don’t know our exact altitude during the trip but I know we made it over 12,000 feet for a good period of time.
We had four vehicles, my 1977 Scout II, a late model Jeep Wrangler well modified, 1992 Range Rover and a 2006 Ford F250 Superduty monster! It was a family day so there were some kids, spouses, siblings and significant others in tow. We stopped at a few different points along the way to not only see if the weather would hold up for us to eat lunch but to take in the wonderful scenery.
As we got higher and higher we got close and closer to the clouds, to the point where it felt like you could reach out and touch them! We also got to see a herd of Mountain Goats. Looks like they are ditching the Summer coats for something more Winter appropriate.
After spending some time above tree line, checking out a glacier and realizing it was too cold to stop and eat we headed down into the trees and lower elevation so we could stop and eat some lunch and celebrate a birthday.
While eating lunch we were able to check out a cool old cabin, a buried car and an ass load of rusted out old tin cans. I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of the tin, but I am not exaggerating when I say there were a lot, I would say in the many many hundreds.
You can view the rest of the pictures at Saints John w/ RMCB5.