A Snowy Sunrise in the San Juans

May 2019  |  San Juan Mountains, Colorado

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morning light touches snowy slopes.

Morning light touches snowy slopes.

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