Snowing in August.
First view of the North London Mill. I also found a couple of places that called this the New London Mine. I'm not sure which one is correct, but there is supposed to be a tunnel from this mine to the South London Mine down below.
A closer view of whatever the heck the name of this mine is.
Three Jeeps were ahead of us on the shelf road where you start to steadily climb and the road becomes rocky and rough.
These three Jeeps were together and believe it or not, they found places to pull over to let us by. It was very nice of them, but that's really the only thing that scares me on Jeep trails, meeting up with traffic head on or having to go around someone. Of course, Jay drove around them without a problem.
View of how rocky the road becomes.
A pika was running around at my side of the car. He was so fast he was really hard to take a picture of.
The Mosquito Pass summit, 13,185 feet!! The summit was pretty clear, only a few slushy and muddy spots, but it was lightly snowing. We heard that four Jeeps were up there earlier in the summer and got stuck in deep snow.
There is a memorial at the summit for Reverand John L. Dyer. According to the book Backcountry Adventures Colorado, he began his journey in 1860 to preach the gospel to prospectors and miners in Colorado's mountain camps. He didn't have enough money for a horse or wagon, so he made 11-feet long ski-snowshoes and risked his life many times to reach remote places. He was nicknamed, "The Snowshoe Itinerant."
Heading down the west side of the pass, Leadville was hiding there somewhere. On a clear day I'm sure you can see Leadville clearly from the summit.
Rocky, steep and wet trail on the west side of the pass.
Finally you can see the sun sort of shining on Leadville in the center here.