Trip Reports: Wandering In The Weminuche, Colorado - July 2010

After another fun 4th of July in Ouray, I went on a 5-day backpacking loop in the Weminuche Wilderness in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.  I left from the Beartown trailhead, hiked south along the Continental Divide Trail for a couple days until reaching the area of Flint Lakes and Rock Lake.  From there I headed down Rock Creek, and up the Vallecito valley back to Beartown.

Here are the photos from the trek!
West Ute Lake, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

West Ute Sunlight

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Afternoon sunlight shines on the tundra around West Ute Lake. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Needle Mountains, San Juan Mountains, Vallecito, Colorado, Grenadier Range, photo

Ute Ridge Dawn

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Dawn view of the Needle Mountains and Grenadier Range, as seen from a high ridge east of Vallecito Creek. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Needle Mountains, San Juan Mountains, Vallecito, Colorado, sunrise, panorama, photo

Ute Ridge Sunrise

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Sunrise panorama of the Needle Mountains and Grenadiers, as seen from a high ridge east of Vallecito Creek. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Flint Lakes, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, July, summer, photo

Flint Lakes

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Bluebird summer afternoon at Flint Lakes, July. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, Flint Lakes, sunset, photo

Flint Lake Sunset

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Sunset clouds reflected in a side lagoon of Flint Lakes, July. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Flint Lake, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, reflection, dusk, photo

Flint Lake Dusk

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Dusk reflection at Flint Lake. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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wildflowers, paintbrush, Weminuche, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Weminuche Paintbrush

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Indian Paintbrush wildflowers, with a San Juan backdrop. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Rock Creek, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, Weminuche Wilderness, photo

Rock Creek Light

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Strong afternoon light after a storm shines on the verdant slopes at the head of Rock Creek in the Weminuche Wilderness, July. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Rock Creek, sunrise, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, Weminuche Wilderness, Guardian, photo

Rock Creek Sunrise

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Sunrise alpenglow light on The Guardian (13,617 ft.), looking down Rock Creek, deep in the Weminuche Wilderness. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Indian Paintbrush, wildflowers, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Paintbrush Morning

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Close up view of Indian Paintbrush wildflowers, July. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Vallecito Creek, waterfall, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Vallecito Waterfall

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

One of many hidden waterfalls along the Vallecito Creek. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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green canopy, weminuche wilderness, colorado, photo

Green Canopy

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

A bugs-eye view of the green canopy along the forest floor. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Vallecito Creek, sunrise, Guardian, Silex, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Vallecito Sunrise

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Sunrise alpenglow on The Guardian and Mt. Silex, as seen from Vallecito Creek. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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