Trip Reports: Grenadier Range, San Juans, Colorado - July 2018

In late July we went on a 6-day backpack trek in and around the rugged Grenadier Range in the Weminuche Wilderness of the central San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Along the way we scrambled up several 13ers, hiked over numerous high passes, and visited some gorgeous remote alpine lakes. Below are my favorite photos and highlights from the trek.

Colorado, Grenadier Range, San Juan Mountains, Trinity Peaks, Weminuche Wilderness, reflection, photo

Trinity Peaks reflected in a small pond at sunset.

Colorado, Grenadier Range, San Juan Mountains, Trinity Peaks, Vestal Peak, Weminuche Wilderness, Wham Ridge, photo

Sunrise light on Vestal Peak (13,664 ft) and its curved profile of Wham Ridge.

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Sunrise as seen from the summit of West Trinity Peak.

Colorado, Grenadier Range, Needle Mountains, Pigeon Peak, San Juan Mountains, Trinity Peaks, Weminuche Wilderness, photo

Looking southwest at the Needle Mountains. Pigeon Peak (13,972 ft) is the tallest prominent peak shown here.

Balsam Lake, Colorado, San Juan Mountains, Weminuche Wilderness, reflection, photo

Evening sunlight at a remote lake in the Weminuche Wilderness. Sadly the majority of the pine forest around this beautiful lake had died from beetle kill in the last few years.

Colorado, Grenadier Range, San Juan Mountains, Trinity Peaks, Weminuche Wilderness, wildflowers, photo

Indian paintbrush wildflowers with Trinity Peaks behind.

Colorado, Grenadier Range, San Juan Mountains, Trinity Peaks, Weminuche Wilderness, reflection, photo

Trinity Peaks reflected in a high lake.

Colorado, Needle Mountains, San Juan Mountains, Weminuche Wilderness, photo

Brilliant aqua blue colors in a very remote alpine lake in the Weminuche Wilderness.

Colorado, Needle Mountains, San Juan Mountains, Weminuche Wilderness, reflection, photo

Tranquil reflection in a remote rocky lake.

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A deer emerges from the willows.

Colorado, Mount Nebo, San Juan Mountains, Weminuche Wilderness, reflection, sunset, photo

A fiery thundercloud sunset over Mount Nebo.

Colorado, Mount Nebo, San Juan Mountains, Weminuche Wilderness, reflection, photo

Thunderclouds still glow white over the mountains at dusk.

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Two bucks silhouetted against the dawn light.

Colorado, Mount Silex, San Juan Mountains, Storm King, Weminuche Wilderness, reflection, photo

Storm King Peak (13,752 ft) and Mount Silex reflected in a small lake.

Colorado, Grenadier Range, San Juan Mountains, Vestal Peak, Weminuche Wilderness, photo

Storm clouds build behind Wham Ridge and Vestal Peak (13,664 ft).