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Weminuche Wilderness - 5 day loop

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Distance: 33.9 miles


The 4th annual Friedman backpacking adventure hit 42 beautiful miles, 12,400 quad crushing vertical feet, 2 high mountain passes, and a 14er (near) summit.

San Juan National ForestColumbine Ranger District970-884-2512 Aug 3Take Steam train North from Durango, CO to Elk Park drop-offHike up Elk Creek trail (#503)Turn South off of trail to ascend pass just East of Peak Two and Peak Three (and West of Peak One)Camp at base of Peak 3 or at Trinity Lake Aug 4Hike up pass to Trinity LakeCamp in valley just North of Storm King Peak Aug 5Early morning: Ascend and descend Storm King Peak via South Ridge scramble route, traversing on East ridge above Lake SilexReturn to camp, pack up and head East following Trinity CreekUnite with Valecito Trail (#529) in valley and head south along trailCamp near the Rock Creek Trail fork Aug 6Hike South on Valecito Trail (#529)Head West on Johnson Creek Trail (#504)Camp in valley South of Valecito Basin (North of Florida Mountain) or at Columbine Lake Aug 7Hike over Columbine pass on Needle Creek Trail (#504)Head West on trail until intersection with Train routePick up train at Needle Creek stop and return to Durango

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