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Backpacker Magazine – September 2009

The Peak: Windom Peak, CO

Take a historic train to the trailhead and climb this Colorado beauty, nestled deep in the Weminuche Wilderness.

by: Jonathan Dorn

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South Sunlight Lake (Glenn Randall)
South Sunlight Lake (Glenn Randall)
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train (Glenn Randall)
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train (Glenn Randall)

The Best...

View
13,704-foot Glacier Point is an hour-long sidetrip (northeast) from Mt. Eolus, with a money vista of the entire Needle Range.

Multiweek hike
Make Chicago Basin your starting point for an extra week (or month!) in the massive Weminuche, which contains 80 of the Continental Divide Trail's highest miles. Connect to the CDT by crossing Columbine Pass into the Vallecito Creek drainage.

Reward
A giant slice of chocolate-peanut butter pie at Mad Mamas' Pies in Silverton. (970) 387-5877


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nmtgal
Dec 24, 2009

The mt goats are after the salt in your urine.
I took the train into the drop off point and we backpacked in for a few days one Sept. to do the 14ers there. An awesome and unforgetable trip!
judi from colorado

Jeff
Dec 24, 2009

My son,daughter,and I did it back in 2007 - If you want a trip to remember... do this one. After you return to Durango there is a lot great things to do. We headed to Farmington for a loc. concert and art....
We have a personal video of our trip on FB -

http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/video/video.php?v=1278063232337&oid=146303692825

Brad
Sep 19, 2009

I did this trip in August with a group from Boulder/Denver. It was fantastic, including the gear-eating goats...

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