TRAIL OF THE MONTH:
Imogene Pass, Colorado
Located in the southwest part of Colorado, Imogene Pass will take your breath away. The blue mountain scapes blanketed in misty clouds rise above 13,000 ft above sea level. This is the second highest mountain crossing, for vehicles that is, in Colorado. Not for a newbie on a solo drive - but with proper precaution and a trail buddy, this 4wheel drive adventure is one to keep on your bucket list.
Joining us this month to tell us about their trip to Imogene Pass, Mati and Jenn took their 4Runner through to this trail and shared their story with us.
Tell us about Imogene pass, Why that location? What was the coolest moment? Any scary or recovery moments?
Imogene Pass was on our must do list in Telluride because we knew how high we had to climb and for all the different views it was going to offer us. At one point you're driving through a tunnel on a mountain side cliff, then your driving through abandoned mines with some snow still visible along the sides and next thing you know, you're standing at the 13,000 ft mountain peak with a gorgeous backdrop.
The coolest and scary moment for us was the weather. At the start of trail, it was very gloomy, while there was no rain on the forecast earlier in the day, it started to drizzle. While we would never risk being on a trail in harsh weather conditions, it forecasted light shower for an hr so we continued. It was a bit sketchy being on the trail when you constantly had to use the wipers. But, within 10-15 minutes, the sky cleared and it was a beautiful sunny day like no other. We learned Colorado showers can be bipolar 😂
Tell us a little about yourself.
We're a husband and wife based in Southern California. Our hope is to explore all 50 states plus more if possible! So far we’ve marked several of the western states and slowly venturing further out. We love outdoors and exploring. We have two pups, a rescued husky-malamute, Leah & a Shiba Inu named Luna that accompany us on our travels and to be honest they're the main reasons why we got into enjoying the outdoors. Living in a small apartment at the time, we needed ways for them to release their energy and the best thing was for them to run free in the wild. If you ever ask us, “lets go camp, offroad, hit the trail” our answer will always be, “we’re down, let do it!”
How'd you get into overlanding and off-roading?
Our friends took us camping for the first time, dispersed camping, and we immediately fell in love with the idea. At the time we had our, what we thought was a good 4x4 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but in order get deeper in the mountains and into more remote areas, we needed something better suited. Once we got our 4runner, we have been overlanding as much as we could. We have visited over 7 different states with our rig and we will continue to add onto this number.
What keeps you into overlanding / off roading?
While we off-road time to time, Overlanding is more of our thing. Overlanding allows us to be connected deeper with nature while being disconnected with the busy city life we live on a daily routine. We love how we are able to explore every nooks and corners of the mountains and these experiences are something truly special, whether it be the scenery you get to see, or the time spent with friends you travel with, or simply cookin' up a good meal at the cliff of the mountains. Every trip has gifted us some special memories.
What is your favorite trail and why? What is your dream trail and why?
We don't have a favorite to point out but definitely would say all pass in Colorado near Telluride and Ouray such as Black Bear, Imogene, Poughkeepsie Gulch, trail to Red Mountains are going on our top list. Our ultimate dream trail would have to be travel along Pan-American highway. It would definitely require some strategic planning with so many logistics but it's a nice dream to have for us and maybe achieve it one day haha.
Out of all the off-roading vehicles, Why 4Runner?
We love the design, it's reliable, and the ability to customize and modify at your taste. Just looking at how many early generation 4runners are still up and running, it gave us confidence to build our rig and travel with it for many many years.
Until next time!
At Cali Raised LED, we not only want to encourage riders to try something new, (with all the proper precautions of course!) but also to not be too shy when it comes to checking out trails that they may not have thought possible. It's in our very slogan, "Rise Up and Seek Adventure." We really mean it.
Thank you to Mati & Jenn for sharing your story with us.
If you haven't figured it out yet, we've been featuring a trail or national park or other must see location each month of the year, and sometimes we are lucky enough to find other off-roaders who have been there. They are kind enough to share their experience and their expertise. Want to be featured? Have a trail you think we should feature? Submit your photos and story to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered!
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