Weminuche Wilderness Trek

August 2010  |  San Juan Mountains, Colorado

During the second of week of this August 2010, Claudia and I went backpacking for 7 days in the Weminuche Wilderness, duplicating the same route that I did solo back in September 2007

We had all kinds of crazy weather during the trek, ranging from torrential monsoons to perfect bluebird days.  But mostly monsoons, even during the night and mornings on some days.  The turbulent weather provided some spectacular light shows during sunrises and sunset, which I was happy to capture with my camera.

A brilliant sunset over the West Needle Mountains.

Ruby Red Sunset

A brilliant sunset over the West Needle Mountains.

Sunset alpenglow shines on Animas Mountain and Monitor Peak.

Ruby Sunset

Sunset alpenglow shines on Animas Mountain and Monitor Peak.

Cloudy sunrise reflection, with the West Needle Mountains in the background. 

Ruby Sunrise

Cloudy sunrise reflection, with the West Needle Mountains in the background. 

Chef Jack in his favorite kitchen.

Chef Jack in his favorite kitchen.

Sunset light beams into a remote valley in the Weminuche Wilderness.

Noname Sunset

Sunset light beams into a remote valley in the Weminuche Wilderness.

Sunset alpenglow on Knife Point, a rugged spire in the Needle Mountains.  In 2008 I hiked up to the top of this peak to...

Knife Point Alpenglow

Sunset alpenglow on Knife Point, a rugged spire in the Needle Mountains.  In 2008 I hiked up to the top of this peak to photograph neighboring Sunlight Peak at sunrise.

Looking out towards Eolus.

Looking out towards Eolus.

Here comes Claudia!

Here comes Claudia!

Clouds and shadows float by the Grenadier Range, in the heart of the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.  The main peaks of...

Grenadiers and Clouds

Clouds and shadows float by the Grenadier Range, in the heart of the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.  The main peaks of the range are Arrow and Vestal Peaks. 

A fiery sunrise relfected in a remote lake near the Grenadier Range, deep in the mountains of the Weminuche Wilderness. 

Fiery Weminuche Sunrise

A fiery sunrise relfected in a remote lake near the Grenadier Range, deep in the mountains of the Weminuche Wilderness. 

Wildflowers along Vestal Creek, under the soft light of dusk, with the Trinity Peaks as a backdrop.

Vestal Creek Fireworks

Wildflowers along Vestal Creek, under the soft light of dusk, with the Trinity Peaks as a backdrop.

Sunrise alpenglow light on Storm King Peak (13,752 ft.), as seen from the summit of Peak Three, a seldom hiked peak offering...

Storm King Sunrise

Sunrise alpenglow light on Storm King Peak (13,752 ft.), as seen from the summit of Peak Three, a seldom hiked peak offering a great view of the Grenadier Range.  This was the third time I've been on the summit of Peak Three, but the first time for sunrise.  See another one of my photos of Storm King from 2004 here

Sunset light on Arrow Peak, reflected in the Beaver Ponds along Elk Creek.

Beaver Ponds Sunset

Sunset light on Arrow Peak, reflected in the Beaver Ponds along Elk Creek.




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