If you head south out of Tincup, instead of east to Mirror Lake, a pretty good gravel road takes you up and over Cumberland Pass. You end up in Pitkin, and from there can either reverse your trip or continue down to Highway 50 and go back to Taylor Park via Gunnison. That's the route we took, since we wanted to eat lunch in Gunnison and pick up a couple of things at the store in town.
The first picture above is as we were nearing the top of the pass - it's in the center of the photo.
Looking southeast from Cumberland Pass - the Continental Divide is the ridge in the distance.
Dad used to take pictures of me next to the pass signs, so I had Don take this one to continue the tradition.
Can you tell the wind was howling up here? It was pretty cold at over 12,000'.
Even at 12,000' there are signs of mining activity!
Looking back down the Willow Creek valley towards Tincup and Taylor Park.
A small patch of windblown, stunted pines at the top of the pass.