The San Juan Mountains, Colorado
I had poured over a topo map and picked out Ophir Pass to shoot sunrise. As we headed back South on 550 towards Silverton in the dark, I was just hoping it was an easy trail.
It was still pitch-black out as we topped out at nearly 12,000 feet. I set up the cameras pointed East, threw some burritos on the camp stove, and waited. Like sunrise the day before, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.
Continuing west to head in to Telluride, the trail got gnarly. The east side we came up in the dark could have probably be run in a normal car, but the west side of the trail got extremely narrow, extremely steep, and extremely rough (well, at least compared with the other side). If we had tried coming up from Ophir in the dark, I would have absolutely turned around. But as we continued the decent, we began to get into some bright orange/yellow Aspen groves and views of the jagged Ulysses S Grant and South Lookout Peaks came into view. Even with just the okay sunrise, at least I was still up for the fantastic morning light.