The farther you drive into the gulch, the rockier it gets.
I have seen photos of Jeeps being winched through the trees on this rocky part here. Thank goodness Jay wasn't interested in trying it!
Checking out an old mine entrance.
A bee on the side of some Subalpine Lockspur.
Now for the fun and challenging part!! I was relieved that there was a group of people at this point and some were helping out as spotters. The kids and I got out for this. There are actually 3 ways to choose from here. There was a woman driving the Land Rover from California, and it was impressive that she made it up without lockers or winching!! We didn't have to winch since the road was dry and we have lockers. Besides, we don't even have a winch on the Rubicon.
Check out the yellow Jeep! Jay chose to drive up this section.
Nice place in the center for the audience.
This was another tough spot with the guy spotting the same Land Rover down.
I didn't get a photo of this sign at the other end of the gulch, but it says the same thing. Without lockers it is definitely easier to drive down the gulch from the entrance near the summit of California Pass. It's a good idea to avoid the gulch altogether if it is raining, though. The lower section can become very muddy and the rocks slippery near the top.
At the top of the pass, we finally reached Lake Como. I don't think I've ever been so happy to see a dinky Colorado lake! I took photos of this lake from the summit of Hurricane Pass back in June when it was still completely frozen and Poughkeepsie was still packed with snow.
Looking back at Lake Como and Poughkeepsie Gulch. We summited California Pass and then took California Gulch to get back to our campsite near Animas Forks. The only damage the Jeep suffered was a rock cut caused a slow leak in the passenger rear tire, which we had fixed in Silverton the next day.
The road on the left of Lake Como here is Hurricane Pass.