Trip Reports: Weminuche Wilderness Loop, Colorado - August 2008

For 7 days in August, I hiked a high loop route through a remote range in the Weminuche Wilderness in the San Juans south of Silverton, Colorado. The following photos are arranged in chronological order, so you can see the highlights of my trek and read a little about it.

West Needles, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

West Needle Reflection

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

The West Needle Mountains shortly after sunrise. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Turret Needles, Pigeon Peak, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Turret Needles

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

The Turret Needles and Pigeon Peak soar above this remote Weminuche valley. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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North Eolus, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

North Eolus Dawn

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Dawn light illuminates the north face of North Eolus, 14,039 feet. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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North Eolus, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Eolus Reflection

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Sunrise light on North Eolus, 14,039 feet. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Mount Oso, thirteener, Weminuche Wilderness, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Mount Oso

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Mount Oso, a rugged and remote thirteener deep in the Weminuche Wilderness. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Jagged Mountain, wildflowers, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Jagged Wildflowers

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Indian Paintbrush wildflowers below Jagged Mountain. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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windy, wildflowers, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Wind Flowers

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Everything's so temporary.... should have known. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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clouds, rocks, reflection, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Clouds and Rocks

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

I liked this scene because of the way the clouds seem to be reflected as rocks. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Jagged Mountain, dawn, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Jagged Dawn

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

The first light of dawn breaks behind the silhouette of Jagged Mountain, 13,824 feet, as seen from the summit of Knife Point. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Knife Point, Needle Mountains, dawn, Colorado, photo

Knife Point Dawn

Needle Mountains, Colorado

Dawn light illuminates the rugged peaks of the Needle Mountains, as seen from the summit of Knife Point, 13,265 feet. Some prominent peaks visible here are North Eolus, Monitor Peak, and Animas Mountain, among others. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Sunlight Peak, Knife Point, Needle Mountains, fourteener, Colorado, photo

Sunrise on Sunlight

Needle Mountains, Colorado

Sunrise alpenglow lights up Sunlight Peak, 14,059 feet, as seen from the summit of Knife Point. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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mountain goats, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Buddies

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Baby mountain goats check out the funny human with the strange contraption he looks through that makes clicking noises. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Jagged Mountain, sunset, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Jagged Sunset

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Jagged Mountain and an amazing sunset reflection. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, sunset, photo

Weminuche Sunset

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

After an entire day stuck in my tent during repeated thunder and hail storms, I was rewarded with this incredible sunset - the best I've seen all summer. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Weminuche Wilderness, wildflowers, Colorado, photo

Sunrise After the Storm

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Sunrise, clouds, and wildflowers in the Weminuche Wilderness. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Windom Peak, Sunlight Peak, fourteeners, Colorado, Weminuche Wilderness, photo

Windom Sunrise

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

Beautiful sunrise light on the fourteeners Windom Peak and Sunlight Peak. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Windom Peak, summit, Needle Mountains, Colorado, photo

Windom Peak Summit

Needle Mountains, Colorado

View north from the summit of Windom Peak, 14,083 feet. At the upper left are Vestal and Arrow Peaks in the Grenadier Range. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Mountain Goat, Chicago Basin, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Mountain Goat

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado

A mountain goat poses for me in Upper Chicago Basin. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Animas River, Needleton, Colorado, photo

Animas River

Needleton, Colorado

The Animas River, as seen from the Needleton bridge. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, photo

The Train

Needleton, Colorado

The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is my ride back to civilization. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.