The 12th FJ Summit was a high-altitude, snow-capped, all-around good time. Toyota owners and 4x4 enthusiasts alike ascended to Ouray, Colorado for five days of FJ fun. Whether your rig was a 100 series Land Cruiser or a restored FJ40, you were certain to find fellow enthusiasts in the streets, trails, and eateries of the town known as the “Switzerland of America.”
Imogene Pass was one of the organized trail rides for FJ Summit 2018, leading participants up a graded road toward Yankee Boy Basin, passing by the Camp Bird Mine. Before even reaching the trailhead, the road becomes narrow, affording drivers a view of the San Juan Mountains and the creeks below. After choosing either a water crossing or a bridge, the trail leads to the top of Imogene Pass, at a lung-wrenching altitude of 13,114 feet above sea level. Those choosing to continue, descend into Telluride, Colorado.
For those wishing for a moderate cruise, oher trail runs were lead up Ophir, Corkscrew, and Cinnamon Passes. More difficult terrain could be found descending Black Bear Pass and climbing up the treacherous Poughkeepsie Gulch.
After the trail rides, there was still plenty of fun to be had in Ouray. We amused ourselves ogling one of the most popular vehicles of the event—the FJ Cruiser. We certainly did not find all of them, but we did see a lot of different ways to outfit a new-age FJ.
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