As the largest wilderness in Colorado, this area contains a significant portion of the San Juan Mountains. The Weminuche is surrounded by the incredible Colorado true mountain towns of Durango, Silverton, and Pagosa Springs. The area is known for its rugged terrain that is as diverse as it is spectacular. It ranges from the gaping Animas River gorge, to the tops of distinguished peaks in the Needle Range that sprawl immediately to the east. The Weminuche wilderness consists of an abundance of prominent jagged peaks. The unique formations are a result of volcanic and ice age activity. The northern end of the Needle Mountains is highlighted by a range of imposing peaks called the Grenadier Range. Most of our use is in this section with our camps strategically set up to explore the acclaimed mountains. This provides a solitude only found deep in the heart of the mountains. This region is notoriously less crowded due to it not containing the sought after 14,000 foot peaks. The range is littered with 13,000 foot plus peaks that are stunning, some of the most scenic country in the world. When not distracted by the breathtaking pinnacles, you can often find wildlife like mountain goats roaming the range.
Trip 7 – Highland Mary Lakes – CD Trail- Eldorado Lake, July 16-20
Trip 8: Highland Mary Lake, Aug 21 -24
Trip 9 CD Trail – Eldorado Lake – Colorado Trail, July 30- Aug 3
Trip 7 – Highland Mary Lakes – CD Trail- Eldorado Lake – July 16-20 (moderate–strenuous)
A 6 mile hike (elevation gain 1200 ft.) from a historic mining district in Cunningham Gulch starts this epic adventure. We hike up to the high tundra lakes, an area that is alive with trout, on our way into our camp nestled in the woods with great views down Elk Creek. The layover day explores the 9 spectacular lakes in the area. The third day is a 7 mile hike (elevation gain 750 ft.) along the Continental Divide Trail across the tundra with tremendous views of the San Juan’s to our camp at Eldorado Lake. This camp is situated in a cirque valley against the Grenadier Mountains and the fourth day is spent exploring this chain of mountains. The fifth day is a hike back along the Continental Divide Trail through the beautiful tundra, a 8 mile hike (elevation loss 1200 ft.).
Trip 8: Highland Mary Lake – Aug 21-24 (moderate)
A 6 mile hike (elevation gain 1200 ft.) from a historic mining district in Cunningham Gulch starts this epic adventure. We hike up to the high tundra lakes, an area that is alive with trout, on our way into our camp nestled in the woods with great views down Elk Creek. This base camp has two layover days to explore the 9 spectacular lakes in the area. The 7 mile hike out (elevation loss 1000 ft.) is along the Continental Divide Trail with stunning views. A total of four days in the beautiful high country! There is an option to enhance this trip to a guided fly fishing trip by partnering with Duranglers ( www.duranglers.com.) a renowned fly fishing shop in Durango. Additional costs apply for the fly fishing guided services; please contact us for further inquiries on this option.
Trip 9 CD Trail – Eldorado Lake- Colorado Trail, July 30- Aug 3 (moderate-strenuous)
This is a 5 day trip is 3 days of hiking and 2 layover days. The first day leaves from Cunningham Gulch and is a 8 mile hike (elevation gain 1200 ft.) along the Continental Divide Trail across the tundra with amazing views to a cirque lake Eldorado nestled against the Grenadier Mountain Range. The next day is a layover day to explore this wonderful mountain range. On the third day we hike 7 miles (elevation loss 1000 ft.) down the famous Colorado Trail leaving the tundra slopes to a beautiful meadow along Elk Creek. The fourth day is a day hike up Vestal Creek along a mountaineering trail into a significant wild area, a basin below some of the most beautiful peaks of the Weminuche Wilderness — Vestal, Arrow and the three Trinity Peaks. The last day is another day along the Colorado Trail which goes down into the Animas River Gorge where the Durango to Silverton train runs and then up to Molas Pass where the trip ends a 8 mile hike (elevation loss 900 ft. and elevation gain 750 ft.).
Our goal is to provide you with a memorable, safe vacation, free of stress, and to expose you to what we feel are the best mountains in the Rocky Mountain Region.
What to Bring
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