Our daughter Liz was running and climbing in Colorado.
Telluride, Ouray, Silverton, Bear Creek, Santa Ynex and Broadcast Peaks, Island Lake and Ice Lake, Cunningham, Virginius, Black Canyon and Paonia were places they visited. It was the route of a well-known race I think.
Anyway, she would like to know if Model Ts have reached the summit of Engineer Peak please.
Nope. US 550 is the main road from Durango to Silverton, and I'm sure many Model T's have been over it. But there's no road to the top of the mountain.
A look at it shows why there's no road.
There are plenty of peaks almost that high that T's can go on. Ask Dave Huson. He lives there.
Summit? Probably not, but there are great jeep trails in the area. Years ago I drove from Silverton to Animas Forks and then on to Ouray via Engineer Pass in mid May. When we arrived at Ouray to our bed and breakfast, the host looked at our muddy Bronco and asked where the heck I'd been. When I told her, she said "honey, that road ain't open yet". I told her, Well, it was now.
We've been over Trail Ridge at 12,185 I think on one of Dave Huson's fabulous tours with our '12 Torpedo.
I should have asked if Model Ts drive over Engineer PASS, not Peak!
We have also been over Trail Ridge several times with our 26 touring on one of Dave Huson great tours.
I second Gene and David. We went on Dave Huson's Rocky Mountain Tour in 2009 and drove Trail Ridge.
Chris...It has been many years since I drove that road Modern. In early spring it was a challenge. There was one place that all I saw out the windshield was sky, and had to open the door to look past the hinges to see where I was going, to stay on the road. In that place it was steep with a slight curve to the right and a sheer cliff on the left. I was young and full of bravado. The next two days I spent on the can...just a little bit of stress!
That road looks quite dynamic in that winter and spring are hard on it and likely requires much maintenance due to rock slides and wash-outs, so what I saw years ago has likely changed dramatically in places. Parts of it were a nice drive in the country...probably a good 50-60%...the rest was rocky and quite interesting!
Trail Ridge that others are talking about are in Rocky Mountain National Park and is an entirely different road than what you're asking about. I haven't done that drive but as the others allude to, is quite something
I think it's quite possible some Model T's have been over Engineer Pass. There's a road that's open from June to November.
Dave Huson drives up all those mountains in high with only 3 gallons of fuel in the tank.
There have been Model T's up there recently. about 7 years ago Steve Coniff, Trent Boggess were bringing My father, brother, and myself on a few mountain runs. We did Engineers pass, California Pass, Hurricane Pass, Imogene Pass, Schofield Pass, Stoney Pass, and Ophir Pass that I can think of right now. Here are some photos of some of it.
Steve and Trent's method of pressurizing the gas tank for steep climbs. Their 25 roadsters with a full tank still had problems with the steep grades on parts of California Pass for example.
thanks for taking the time to find and post those photo's
I found several of those including a neat one of the back of a roadster/pu that I put on my wallpaper at work (when I worked...HAHA). I always wondered where those photos were taken.
Makes me want to pack up and head west (as soon as I have a T ready to make the trip).
Great country !
About 12 years ago my son Matt and I went on a trip to the Colorado mountains with Steve Coniff, Trent, and several others. We went over mosquito pass, (13,185) California pass, and several others and had the time of our lives mixed in with a few moments terror! An unforgettable trip!
Many thanks from my daughter and I, especially to Steve Lang for his photos.