Trip Reports: Wetterhorn Peak, San Juans, Colorado - July 2010

A few days ago I went backpacking to Wetterhorn Basin, in the Uncompahgre Wilderness of the San Juan Mountains in Colorado.  On one morning I left my tent at 2:00am and climbed Wetterhorn Peak under the light of the full moon, arriving at the summit just as the first dawn light was breaking on the horizon.  After watching and photographing the glorious sunrise from the summit, I relaxed up there by myself for another couple hours before making my way back down into the wildflower-filled basin.
rainbow, Uncompahgre Wilderness, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Uncompahgre Rainbow

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

A rainbow appears amongst the rugged peaks of the Uncompahgre Wilderness, after a late afternoon thunderstorm. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Wetterhorn Peak, sunset, Wetterhorn Basin, Uncompahgre Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Wetterhorn Basin Stormy Sunset

Uncompahgre Wilderness, Colorado

Wetterhorn Peak lights up with sunset alpenglow after a July monsoon thunderstorm. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Wetterhorn Peak, San Juan Mountains, dawn, summit, Uncompahgre Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Wetterhorn Summit Dawn

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Dawn light illuminates the San Juan Mountains, as seen from the summit of Wetterhorn Peak, in the Uncompahgre Wilderness - July. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Wetterhorn Peak, sunrise, summit, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, earthshadow, photo

Wetterhorn Earthshadow

Uncompahgre Wilderness, Colorado

Sunrise over the San Juans, as seen from the summit of Wetterhorn Peak.  At 14,015 ft. the summit rocks of Wetterhorn are lit by the sunrise alpenglow light before the earthshadow has even dropped below the horizon! Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Cimarrons, Wetterhorn Peak, summit, sunrise, alpenglow, Coxcomb Peak, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Sunrise Over the Cimarrons

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Sunrise alpenglow illuminates the peaks of the Cimarron Range, as seen from the summit of Wetterhorn Peak, 14,015 ft.   Coxcomb Peak and Redcliff are the two taller mountains to the left. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Potosi Peak, Sneffels Range, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, moon, photo

Potosi Moon

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

A nearly full moon sets over Potosi Peak and the Sneffels Range. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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paintbrush, wildflowers, Uncompahgre Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Paintbrush in Yellow

Uncompahgre Wilderness, Colorado

Pink paintbrush amongst yellow wildflowers. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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