Trip Reports: Weminuche Wilderness Trek, Colorado - August 2010
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.
Ruby Red Sunset
A brilliant sunset over the West Needle Mountains.
Sunset alpenglow shines on Animas Mountain and Monitor Peak.
Cloudy sunrise reflection, with the West Needle Mountains in the background.
Chef Jack in his favorite kitchen.
Sunset light beams into a remote valley in the Weminuche Wilderness.
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.
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.
Fiery Weminuche Sunrise
A fiery sunrise relfected in a remote lake near the Grenadier Range, deep in the mountains of the Weminuche Wilderness.
Vestal Creek Fireworks
Wildflowers along Vestal Creek, under the soft light of dusk, with the Trinity Peaks as a backdrop.
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.
Beaver Ponds Sunset
Sunset light on Arrow Peak, reflected in the Beaver Ponds along Elk Creek.