Trip Reports: Ouray-Uncompahgre Loop - July 2008

This weekend I went on a wonderful 25 mile backpacking loop from Ouray, Colorado. I started at Bear Creek, a few miles up the road from Ouray, hiked up to the rolling green tundra paradise of the Uncompahgre Wilderness, along the Horsethief Trail to the Bridge of Heaven Trail, then back down into Ouray. I camped two nights along the way.
Bear Creek, Colorado, photo

Bear Creek

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Hiking up Bear Creek. This is a timed exposure, and you can see me on the trail, which is cut high up on the top left canyon wall. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

American Flats, tundra, photo

American Flats

Uncompahgre Wilderness, Colorado

Lots of purple flowers up on the tundra near American Flats. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Tundra, paradise, Uncompahgre Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Tundra Paradise

Uncompahgre Wilderness, Colorado

The green tundra paradise of the Uncompahgre Wilderness in July. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Wildflowers, Teakettle Mountain, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Alpine Colorado

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

A scene reminiscent of the Alps, in Colorado. Wildflowers with Teakettle Mountain off in the distance. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Indian Paintbrush, Colorado, photo

Paintbrush

Colorado

Bright red Indian Paintbrush. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Sunbeams, Ouray, Colorado, photo

Sunbeams over Ouray

Ouray, Colorado

Sunlight beams through stormy clouds, as seen from the top of the Amphitheater far above the town of Ouray, Colorado. A strange thing... as I was standing here 5,000 feet above town, I could hear a band playing way down there! Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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tundra, rainbow, Colorado, photo

Tundra Rainbow

Colorado

A brief splash of sunlight illuminates the flower-carpeted tundra and a fleeting rainbow appears. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Sunset, Amphitheater, Ouray, Colorado, photo

Amphitheater Alpenglow

Ouray, Colorado

Sunset light on the Amphitheater above Ouray, Colorado. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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wildflower,Colorado, photo

Wildflower With a View

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

A wildflower with a view. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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