The Lime Loop

Needle Mountains, Weminuche, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, hiking

Over Labor Day weekend some friends joined us for a strenuous 3-day loop trek in the Weminuche Wilderness, south of the area we hiked through last week.

Turret Peak, Emerald Lake, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, reflection

Emerald Cloud Reflection : Prints Available

The weather was a bit wacky during this trek – ominous clouds threatened rain and thunder during the days, but the rain only came during the night.

More photos below!

Emerald Lake, Weminuche Wilderness, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, september

Up above treeline, the summer greens are transitioning to the yellows of autumn. I love this time of year! Can you spot our tent in the photo?

Pigeon Peak, Weminuche Wilderness, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, hiking

Our route took us over a high ridgeline with spectacular views of the Needle Mountains on the other side of the valley.

Chicago Basin, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

A fantastic view down into the famous Chicago Basin and its surrounding fourteeners.

Florida Park, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Claudia enjoys the view into a valley full of healthy green pine forests – a welcome sight in this tragic era of pine beetle devastation in other parts of the state.

Silver Mesa, sunset, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Silver Mesa Sunset : Prints Available

During this trek we hiked over three high alpine mesas, and on our second day we found a lovely paradisiacal pond to camp near.

Moonrise, Weminuche Wilderness, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, tent

Moonrise over our tent.

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