Trip Reports: The Lime Loop, San Juans, Colorado - September 2012

Over Labor Day weekend some friends joined us for a strenuous 3-day loop trek in the Weminuche Wilderness, south of the area we hiked through last week. Our route took us over a high ridgeline with spectacular views of the Needle Mountains on the other side of the valley.

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

Hiking into a gorgeous basin below the Needle Mountains.

Emerald Lake, Weminuche Wilderness, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, september, photo

September Emerald

Summer colors start to transition to autum colors at a remote alpine lake in the Weminuche Wilderness - September.

Weminuche Wilderness, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, mist, lake, photo

Blue Morning

Mist on a remote lake in the Weminuche Wilderness.

Turret Peak, Emerald Lake, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, reflection, photo

Emerald Cloud Reflection

Turret Peak reflects in a remote alpine lake on a gorgeous cloudy September morning.

The weather was a bit wacky during this trek – ominous clouds threatened rain and thunder during the days, but the rain only came during the night.

Pigeon Peak, Weminuche Wilderness, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, hiking, photo

Hiking a high ridge in the Weminuche Wilderness, with Pigeon Peak behind.

Our route took us over a high ridgeline with spectacular views of the Needle Mountains on the other side of the valley.

Chicago Basin, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Spires over Chicago Basin

Pink granite spires tower over Chicago Basin and its surrounding fourteeners.

Colorado, San Juan Mountains, Weminuche Wilderness, photo

Claudia enjoys the view into a valley full of healthy green pine forests – a welcome sight in this tragic era of pine beetle devastation in other parts of the state.

Silver Mesa, sunset, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Silver Mesa Sunset

A brilliant sunset reflected in an alpine tarn on Silver Mesa.

During this trek we hiked over three high alpine mesas, and on our second day we found a lovely paradisiacal pond to camp near.

Moonrise, Weminuche Wilderness, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, tent, photo

Moonrise over our tent in the Weminuche Wilderness.