The Squealing Tire

Tire Talk from the Experts at Discount Tire Company.

The Squealing Tire - Tire Talk from the Experts at Discount Tire Company.

2013 FJ Cruiser Summit Pre-Run Yankee Boy Basin

Yankee Boy Basin : 2013 FJ Summit

Morning came early in Ouray Colorado the day before the 7th Annual FJ Summit would begin.   Our Discount Tire crew worked quickly to set up our vendor space and prepare for 3 days of sponsored 4×4 trail rides and interaction with our customers.   With the breathtaking San Juan Mountains surrounding us we were working double time so we could get out on the Yankee Boy Basin trail before the event rush. 

Our efforts paid off!  After set up was complete, we met up with Don (AKA Wikid on www.FJCruiserForums.com) and a few others for a quick ride on The Yankee Boy Basin Trail.

The Yankee Boy Basin trailhead is located at the south end of Ouray, our group stopped here to air down.

Fj Summit Yankee Boy Basin Trail

The start of the trail is a normal dirt road but the elevation climbs fast!  Before you know it, you’re on the side of a steep canyon.  Our first stop was at a spot, rightfully named hanging rock.  As you can see it is a good thing we do not have overly tall vehicles.

Yankee Boy Trail Hanging Rock

Discount Tire at hanging rock on Yankee Boy trail

As we continued on we passed a few old mines some of which were still littered building remnants.  This is the remains of the Atlas Mine.

Atlas Mine on Yankee Boy Trail at 2013 FJ Summit

There is a restroom stop located about half way up the mountain.   This is also a good place to stop and take a short hike to a double waterfall that is located nearby.  Unfortunately, there was a traffic jam when we arrived so we made our stop brief and pushed on towards the basin.

Rest room break at Yankee Boy Trail

The next short stretch of trail was very lush with wild flowers and trees

View of the San Juan Mountains

The last stretch of trail to the top is switchbacks through the gorgeous tundra and at the top there is a hiking trail that starts at 12,200 feet in elevation.

Above the tree line at the 2013 Discount Tire Summit Event

Starting up the switchbacks on Yankee Boy trail with Discount Tire

Our crew took a short break at the top to take in the view of the surrounding mountains before heading down to the Yankee Boy Basin.

Overlooking Yankee Boy Basin with Discount Tire at the 2013 FJ Summit

The Yankee Boy Basin was an awesome place to stop for a break.  Some of our group wandered to the edge of the water for a snowball fight while others went to look at the waterfall coming out of the lake. The lineup of vehicles next to the water made for a great photo.

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Unfortunately, it was soon time to head back the way we came so we loaded up and headed back into town.   It is amazing how different the same trail can look when you are headed in the opposite direction.

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After arriving back in town we were excited to kick off the 7th Annual FJ Summit with a Discount Tire sponsored dinner.   With the smell of All-American hamburgers and hot dogs sweeping the town, the food lines quickly filled up.  Mother Nature must have decided she wanted some of the attention too and she decided to throw us a curve ball.  It started to thunder and rain and even some hail came pelting out of the sky.  Thankfully, we had a large tent for everyone to huddle under.

Discount Tire sponsored dinner at the 2013 FJ Summit event

As quickly as it came, the rain departed and that gave us a chance to surprise everyone with some desert.  How sweet is that?! (pun intended haha!) And if ice cream isn’t sweet enough, we also decided to raffle a few special items for those that stuck it out through the rain.       

Discount Tire ice cream social at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit event

Discount Tire announcements at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit

Here’s Eric and some of our Discount Tire crew putting on a very entertaining show as they gave away some excellent products.

Discount Tire Raffel at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit event

This dinner was an outstanding end to great day.  There is nothing better than wheeling in one of the best places in America and meeting new friends.

Special thanks to Don (WIKID on the forums) for guiding us on an impromptu ride of The Yankee Boy Basin trail.

Here are some additional photos from this trail ride and the festivities at the start of the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit event.

Discount Tire ice cream cooler for the 2013 FJ SummitDoscount Tire setting up their booth at the 2013 FJ Summit in Ouray CODPP_503

Discount Tire on Yankee Boy trail at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit

Yankee Boy Basin Trail

On the way to the top of Yankee Boy Basin trail

Beautiful photo of the Yankee Boy trail at the 2013 FJ Cruiser summit

Twisty trail on Yankee Boy trail in Ouray CO

Yankee Boy Basin

At the top of Yankee Boy trail at the 2013 FJ Cruiser event

Yankee Boy Basin

FJ's at the Yankee Boy Basin 2013

FJ's lined up on the trail at the 2013 FJ Summit

Snow on the Yankee Boy trail 2013

Water on the side of Yankee Boy trail 2013

Waterfall on Yankee Boy trail at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit

FJ on Yankee Boy 2013

Tacoma on the Yankee Boy trail at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit 2013

Mountain trail at the FJ Cruiser Summit 2013

Yankee Boy trail in a Tacoma at the FJ Cruiser Summit

Mountains and flowers on the Yankee Boy trail 2013

Lunch with Discount Tire at the FJ Cruiser Sumit 2013

Ouray Colorado, home of the FJ Cruiser Summit 2013

Discount Tire sponsored dinner line at the 2013 FJ Cruiser event

Discount Tire booth at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Event.

People at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit event

Discount Tire crew at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit

Discount Tire handing out ice cream at the 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit

Line for ice cream at the Discount Tire booth 2013 FJ Cruiser Summit

Our driver and his mother at the Discount Tire boothDPP_145

Don McNeillyAbout The Author: Don McNeilly (17 Posts)

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Category: Events, FJ Summit
  • Stephen Jones says:

    Awesome pictures and recap Don.
    Thanks for the view

    August 10, 2013 at 9:10 pm

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