I ran up La Plata Canyon and finally ventured into the Columbus Basin. I had heard good things about the basin and had seen some photos. There is an abandoned mine in the basin, with this old Fairbanks-Morse Boiler out in the open.
In the basin I spotted this little trail heading up Snowstorm Peak so I followed it.
I was amazed to see that it went on the eastern slope and from here it looked like it would take me to the backside of Cumberland Pass, or the "notch." So I followed it.
It sure did, and it dropped me out on the bottom of this road. The trail petered out at a mine vent and then it was a ridiculously steep descent straight down to the road. What surprised me though was that someone left a climbers rope in place so I used that to climb down. Once down, I explored a bit, but then ran up to the "notch." The other side leads to a road that takes you to Kennebec Pass.
Before hitting Kennebec though I made the summit of Cumberland Peak.
If you look closely you can see the Colorado Trail from Kennebec below. Once at Kennebec I contemplated running to Taylor Lake and then take another un-named trail down to La Plata Canyon but it started to snow so I flinched and ran down. It turned into a light rain and then eventually disappeared once I got back to the start of the canyon. Big day, 23 miles and tons of climbing. Good route so close to home as well. Soon enough I'll be skiing here.