Trip Reports: Continental Divide Trail - South San Juans, Colorado

This last week, the first week of August 2008, I hiked the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) through the South San Juan Wilderness with two of my friends. It
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Flat Mountain Sunset

South San Juans, Colorado

Sunset reflection in one of the numerous lakes on the broad tundra highlands near Flat Mountain. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Hiking the CDT

South San Juans, Colorado

Aimee and Parker hike past a small tarn along the Continental Divide Trail. During the first few days, the trail passes over several huge, broad, flat plateaus spotted with hundreds of little lakes. Off in the distance in this photo, you can see the higher peaks of the northern South San Juans, which we would soon be hiking through. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Blue Lake, Conejos Peak, South San Juans, Colorado, photo

Conejos Sunset

South San Juans, Colorado

Sunset above Blue Lake, with Conejos Peak in the distance. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Blue Lake, South San Juans, Colorado, photo

Cloud Ripples

South San Juans, Colorado

Strange "rippled" clouds reflected in Blue Lake. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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wildflowers, Middle Fork Conejos River, South San Juans, Colorado, photo

Middle Fork Wildflowers

South San Juans, Colorado

Alpine wildflowers in the lush basin of the Middle Fork Conejos River. In the background you can see the broad lush green alpine valley characteristic of this part of the range. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Cloudy Tundra

South San Juans, Colorado

A threatening dark cloud chased us for ten adrenaline-fueled miles across the exposed high tundra section from Summit Peak to Elwood Pass. Luckily we made it to the safety of the trees near Elwood Pass before the clouds unloaded their rain and lightning. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Ominous Cloud

South San Juans, Colorado

An ominous cloud hovers above the mountains near Summit Pass. It rained heavily this entire night. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Summit Pass Sunrise #2

South San Juans, Colorado

Morning in the Rio Grande National Forest. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Silver Creek, South San Juans, Colorado, photo

Silver Creek Vista

South San Juans, Colorado

Looking back at the South San Juans from the high ridgeline above Silver Creek. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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