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.

sunset, West Needle Mountains, Colorado, San Juan Mountains, photo

Ruby Red Sunset

A brilliant sunset over the West Needle Mountains.

Animas Mountain, Monitor Peak, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, sunset, photo

Ruby Sunset

Sunset alpenglow shines on Animas Mountain and Monitor Peak.

sunrise, West Needle Mountains, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Ruby Sunrise

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

Colorado, Jack, Needle Mountains, San Juan Mountains, Weminuche Wilderness, photo

Chef Jack in his favorite kitchen.

San Juan Mountains, Needle Mountains, Colorado, sunset, Weminuche Wilderness, photo

Noname Sunset

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

Knife Point, alpenglow, San Juan Mountains, Needle Mountains, Colorado, photo

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.

Colorado, Jack, Needle Mountains, San Juan Mountains, Weminuche Wilderness, Eolus, photo

Looking out towards Eolus.

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

Here comes Claudia!

Grenadier Range, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, Arrow Peak, Vestal Peak, photo

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. 

Weminuche Wilderness, Grenadier Range, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, sunrise, photo

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, wildflowers, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, Trinity Peaks, photo

Vestal Creek Fireworks

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

Storm King Peak, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, Grenadier Range, Peak Three, photo

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, Elk Creek, Arrow Peak, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, photo

Beaver Ponds Sunset

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

Beaver Ponds, Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado, photo

Beaver Pond Trees

Pine trees reflect in some beaver ponds.