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Mosquito Pass and South London Mine
  

A picturesque trailrun written by ColoFreeJeeper.

 
July 02, 2009 Jeep Parade

 

Went camping this weekend and while everybody else went fishing, I went up Mosquito Pass. I've been wanting to do this for about 3 years now and it's only passable for less than 3 months out of the year. This is the highest through pass in Colorado that can also be driven both ways. It used to be an old stagecoach road and people used to die going over this pass and it became known as the "Highway of Frozen Death". I drove it from west to east starting in Leadville (elevation 10,152 feet and the highest incorporated town in America). The way up starts with County Road 3 and passes by some active mines before turning into an extremely rough road that climbs up to the pass at 13,185 feet. On the east side of the pass is the ghost town of Mosquito and the London Mines. I visited the South London Mine before heading back up over the pass and back to the campsite.

 

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Diamond Mine. Even though it's called that, they don't dig for diamonds.

 

 

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Looking way down back towards Leadville. The mountains in the background are the highest in Colorado. On the left is Mount Elbert (the highest peak in Colorado) and on the right is Mount Massive.

 

 

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Narrow shelf road headed to the top.

 

 

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My GPS at the top of the pass.

 

 

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Self explanatory

 

 

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Looking west at Leadville from the top of the pass. The valley below is still above 10,000 feet.

 

 

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Pikes Peak in the distance from 65 miles away.

 

 

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Looking east from the top of the pass down to the South London Mine and across South Park. Yes, that South Park.

 

 

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South London Mine

 

 

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South London Mine

 

 

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Pika. Small mammal related to the rabbit and only lives way above the tree line.

 

 

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Remains of mine tramway.

 

 

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One of the original telegraph poles running from Denver to Leadville. This pole was put there in 1878.

 

 

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Yellow-Bellied Marmot.

 

 

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View of the switchbacks up to the pass.

 
 
 
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