Chihuahua Gulch Trip - July 14, 2007
Written by and Pictures by Rich and Cathy Horiuchi
Trip to Chihuahua Gulch and Horseshoe Basin.

We (Karla and Richard, Tom and Erin, Wesley and Treva, Mike and Caroline and friends Pamela and John, Michael and Matt (prospective members), Gail, Anita and Perry, and us - 8 vehicles in all) met at the Loaf & Jug in Golden and headed west. We were going to go over Loveland Pass, but the 19th Annual Triple Bypass Bicycle Tour was occurring that morning and we learned they were headed over the pass. We therefore decided to bypass the bikers and drive through the Eisenhower Tunnel. Once we got onto Peru Creek Road (FDR 260) via Montezuma Road, we aired down and got on our way toward Chihuahua Gulch.
Along the way on Chihuahua Gulch Road

The Chihuahua Gulch road is an easy climb and the scenery is stunning. We drove beside a huge boulder field along the way with many blue columbines blooming. After the boulder field and a stream crossing, the road levels off at a fairly large meadow area. The weather was great - partly cloudy with a cool breeze. We all made it to the end of the road and had lunch.
At the end of Chihuahua Gulch Road

After lunch, we decided to continue east on Peru Creek Road to Horseshoe Basin. Along the way, we passed numerous historic mining structures. There were lots of wildflowers as we ascended the road. At the end of the road, we stopped for a while to catch our breath (the scenery will take your breath away, plus, we were near 12,000 ft. in altitude) and take pictures. We could see the top of Argentine Pass and wondered if the former road leading up to it would ever be reopened.
At the end of Peru Creek Road in Horseshoe Basin

Lightening, thunder, and sprinkles started, so we started heading back down the road. We aired up where Peru Creek Road meets up with Montezuma Road. We headed back toward the Front Range over Loveland Pass and some of us had dinner at Beau Jo's Pizza in Idaho Springs. It was a great day to be in our Colorado mountains!
View of Argentine Pass in the background

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