Mt McClellan lies above the Santiago Mine. It was accessed by the narrow gauge Argentine Central Railroad. Upon its completion to the top in 1906, it was the highest altitude adhesion track railroad in the U.S.. The "road" to the Waldorf Mining District is the remains of the old train grade. Look closely in the background to see the lower part of the road.
Luckily we didn't meet anyone, since the road is barely 1 car wide in places. The tracks were salvaged in 1920.
On a late summer trip to West Rollins Pass we saw the beginnings of the clear cutting that will be necessary to prevent forest fires in the infested areas. The peak of the Pine Beetle attack is over, but that leaves tons of dead wood.
Until we venture to the High Country to take snow pix, we'll catch up on our summer off road adventures.
In the high country, all the warm colors of fall have disappeared. Down in the transition to the plains, the color is at its peak. Down here there is a greater range of color because people have planted eastern trees which turn a vibrant crimson.