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Weminuche Wilderness

In June 2009 I spent 7 days in the Weminuche Wilderness, Colorado's largest wilderness area, backpacking the Elk Park to Neddleton Loop utilizing the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad to access the remote interior. In addition to the traditional route, I took side trips to Vestal Basin, Nebo Pass, and Mount Eolus, a Colorado fourteener. The terrain was spectacular, and the weather was true to form; nice mornings and violent afternoon thunderstorms. My favorite part of the trip was spending two days in the remote Vestal Basin, and not seeing any humans. I also greatly enjoyed the hike from Johnson Creek to Columbine Pass, and the loooooooooong glissade into Chicago Basin. This was my longest solo backpacking trip, and one that I will not soon forget.
Train Ride
Train Ride
Ascending Vestal Canyon
Ascending Vestal Canyon
Wham Ridge - Vestal Peak
Wham Ridge - Vestal Peak
Vestal Lake
Vestal Lake
Vestal Saddle Panorama
Vestal Saddle Panorama
Arrow Peak  from Vestal
Arrow Peak from Vestal
Pigeon Peak from Vestal Scramble
Pigeon Peak from Vestal Scramble
Trinities from Vestal Summit
Trinities from Vestal Summit
Arrow Peak from Vestal Summit
Arrow Peak from Vestal Summit
Balsam Lake from Vestal Summit
Balsam Lake from Vestal Summit
Vestal Peak Panorama
Vestal Peak Panorama
Vestal Canyon Campsite View
Vestal Canyon Campsite View
Upper Vestal Basin
Upper Vestal Basin
Upper Vestal Basin
Upper Vestal Basin
Vestal Basin Campsite View in Fine Weather
Vestal Basin Campsite View in Fine Weather
Sunrise from Campsite
Sunrise from Campsite
Vestal Peak Sunrise from Campsite
Vestal Peak Sunrise from Campsite
Arrow & Vestal from Beaver Ponds
Arrow & Vestal from Beaver Ponds
Ascending to the Continental Divide
Ascending to the Continental Divide
Ascending to the Continental Divide
Ascending to the Continental Divide
Nearing the Continental Divide
Nearing the Continental Divide
The Continental Divide
The Continental Divide
The Continental Divide in the Weminuche Wilderness
The Continental Divide in the Weminuche Wilderness
The Continental Divide in the Weminuche Wilderness
The Continental Divide in the Weminuche Wilderness
Night 3 Campsite - Beartown
Night 3 Campsite - Beartown
Ascending Hunchback Pass
Ascending Hunchback Pass
Descending Hunchback Pass to the Vallecito
Descending Hunchback Pass to the Vallecito
Side Trip - Ascending Nebo Pass
Side Trip - Ascending Nebo Pass
Nebo Pass View
Nebo Pass View
Nebo Pass Panorama
Nebo Pass Panorama
Nebo Pass View
Nebo Pass View
Random Plants
Random Plants
Descending the Vallecito - Sunlight Canyon
Descending the Vallecito - Sunlight Canyon
Vallecito Meadow
Vallecito Meadow
Campsite on Vallecito - Night 4
Campsite on Vallecito - Night 4
Vallecito Bridge
Vallecito Bridge
Colorado Columbine
Colorado Columbine
Ascending Columbine Pass
Ascending Columbine Pass
Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush
Ascending Columbine Pass
Ascending Columbine Pass
Endlich Mesa
Endlich Mesa
Columbine Pass View - Columbine Lake
Columbine Pass View - Columbine Lake
Columbine Pass Panorama
Columbine Pass Panorama
Columbine Pass View - Mount Eolus
Columbine Pass View - Mount Eolus
Marmot on Columbine Pass
Marmot on Columbine Pass
Columbine Pass Panorama - Mount Eolus
Columbine Pass Panorama - Mount Eolus
Chicago Basin Campsite - Night 5 & 6
Chicago Basin Campsite - Night 5 & 6
Mountain Goat
Mountain Goat
Mountain Goat
Mountain Goat
Baby Goats
Baby Goats
Approach to Twin Lakes - Mount Eolus Approach
Approach to Twin Lakes - Mount Eolus Approach
Twin Lakes Approach
Twin Lakes Approach
Looking Back to Chicago Basin
Looking Back to Chicago Basin
Eolus / North Eolus Saddle
Eolus / North Eolus Saddle
Sunlight & Windom View from Eolus Saddle
Sunlight & Windom View from Eolus Saddle
Mount Eolus Summit
Mount Eolus Summit
Vestal Peak from Mount Eolus
Vestal Peak from Mount Eolus
Sunlight & Windom from Eolus Summit
Sunlight & Windom from Eolus Summit
View Down Valley from Eolus Summit
View Down Valley from Eolus Summit
Back at Twin Lakes after Eolus
Back at Twin Lakes after Eolus
Alas, all good things must end.
Alas, all good things must end.