Trip Reports: Ice Lakes Basin, San Juans, Colorado - July 2010

This weekend I went on an overnight backpacking trip to Ice Lakes Basin, in the San Juans of Colorado, along with a fellow photographer and about 200-300 other hikers. I’ve never seen so many people in the San Juans! I guess this is the “go to” place around here now. Anyhow, no problem, the basin is big enough for everyone. The wildflowers were great, and the clouds kept rolling through offering nice lighting conditions most of the time.

dog, wildflowers, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Aidan sits amongst the wildflowers. 

columbine, wildflowers, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Columbine in the Red

A columbine framed by the red colors of Indian Paintbrush wildflowers. 

Ice Lakes, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, wildflowers, photo

Ice Lakes Tundra Wildflowers

Late afternoon at Ice Lakes. 

Ice Lakes Basin, sunset, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Stream Sunset

Sunset at a high alpine stream in Ice Lakes Basin.

Ice Lakes Basin, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, sunrise, photo

Ice Lakes Sunrise Clouds

Sunrise in a small pond in Ice Lakes Basin - July.

Ice Lakes, Colorado, San Juan Mountains, tundra, July, photo

Ice Lakes Paradise

Morning shines on the orange mountains and green tundra at Ice Lakes - July.