Trip Reports: Wandering In The Weminuche, Colorado - July 2010

After another fun 4th of July in Ouray, I went on a 5-day backpacking loop in the Weminuche Wilderness in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.  I left from the Beartown trailhead, hiked south along the Continental Divide Trail for a couple days until reaching the area of Flint Lakes and Rock Lake.  From there I headed down Rock Creek, and up the Vallecito valley back to Beartown.

West Ute Lake, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

West Ute Sunlight

Afternoon sunlight shines on the tundra around West Ute Lake. 

Needle Mountains, San Juan Mountains, Vallecito, Colorado, Grenadier Range, photo

Ute Ridge Dawn

Dawn view of the Needle Mountains and Grenadier Range, as seen from a high ridge east of Vallecito Creek.

Needle Mountains, San Juan Mountains, Vallecito, Colorado, sunrise, panorama, photo

Ute Ridge Sunrise

Sunrise panorama of the Needle Mountains and Grenadiers, as seen from a high ridge east of Vallecito Creek.

Flint Lakes, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, July, summer, photo

Flint Lakes

Bluebird summer afternoon at Flint Lakes, July.

Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, Flint Lakes, sunset, photo

Flint Lake Sunset

Sunset clouds reflected in a side lagoon of Flint Lakes, July. 

Flint Lake, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, reflection, dusk, photo

Flint Lake Dusk

Dusk reflection at Flint Lake. 

wildflowers, paintbrush, Weminuche, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Weminuche Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush wildflowers, with a San Juan backdrop. 

Rock Creek, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, Weminuche Wilderness, photo

Rock Creek Light

Strong afternoon light after a storm shines on the verdant slopes at the head of Rock Creek in the Weminuche Wilderness, July. 

Rock Creek, sunrise, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, Weminuche Wilderness, Guardian, photo

Rock Creek Sunrise

Sunrise alpenglow light on The Guardian (13,617 ft.), looking down Rock Creek, deep in the Weminuche Wilderness. 

Indian Paintbrush, wildflowers, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Paintbrush Morning

Close up view of Indian Paintbrush wildflowers, July. 

Vallecito Creek, waterfall, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Vallecito Waterfall

One of many hidden waterfalls along the Vallecito Creek. 

green canopy, weminuche wilderness, colorado, photo

Green Canopy

A bugs-eye view of the green canopy along the forest floor. 

Vallecito Creek, sunrise, Guardian, Silex, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Vallecito Sunrise

Sunrise alpenglow on The Guardian and Mt. Silex, as seen from Vallecito Creek.