Trip Reports: A Snowy Sunrise In The San Juans, Colorado - May 2019

The exceptionally snowy winter in the San Juans keeps on going into May and our snowpack is currently 187% of average for this time of year! As I've been out splitboarding lately, I've been admiring all the peaks draped in thick snowpack, and thinking about how they'd look with colorful sunrise light. So this morning I woke up at 2am, drove up into the mountains, and slogged up one of my favorite peaks for sunrise. I brought my telephoto lens for a closer look at some of the standout peaks above the Silverton area.

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

Winter sunrise light over Vestal and Arrow Peaks in the Grenadier Range - May. Wham Ridge is the curved ramp-like ridge on Vestal Peak on the left.

Colorado, San Juan Mountains, South Lookout Peak, Ulysses S Grant Peak, sunrise, photo

Sunrise earthshadow colors over Ulysses S. Grant Peak (13,767 ft.).

Colorado, San Juan Mountains, Ulysses S Grant Peak, sunrise, photo

Sunrise light shines on Ulysses S. Grant Peak (13,767 ft.).

Colorado, San Juan Mountains, Sultan Mountain, sunrise, photo

Sunrise light on Sultan Mountain (13,368 ft.)

Colorado, San Juan Mountains, sunrise, photo

Morning light touches snowy slopes.

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