Monday, November 05, 2012

Weminuche Wilderness Highlights

More photos from the most fantastic mountain scenery in which I've ever walked: the Weminuche Wilderness Area in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

One reason Andy set the time for this trip was because there was a good chance it would coincide with peak Fall colors for the aspen trees. And he was right. We hit it right on the mark.

As we moved up or down the mountains we would encounter trees hitting peak color on different days. This was the first day.

This was the view from one of our campsites.

Big mountains, the likes of which I had never seen.

This is the kind of country I'd wanted to see all of my life.

Algae growing in a stream as we climbed toward a high pass.

Andy hiking up the mountain. I took this photo to highlight the huge dike of hardened rock standing like a pillar to our right.

If you look closely you can see the interminable switchbacks that had to be climbed to gain the pass.

Looking back down the trail.

Here you can see the switchbacks that had been climbed.

At the pass. About 12,700 feet above sea level.

Looking around at the even higher country that surrounded us.

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