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Created On: Sep 5, 2012
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Below i will post some images from our trip to Chicago Basin over Labor Day weekend. I walked in from the Purgatory Trailhead, which was a lovely walk, about 18 miles in, and my son and brother took the train. They do not allow dogs on the train, therefore the walk, and I did enjoy the solitude. I did not meet anyone until the train crowds got off at Needleton.
Chicago Basin offers tons of peaks to scramble on, including 3 fourteeners and a number of thirteeners, plenty of lonely camping spots and goats everywhere. My brother got nearly licked when he fell asleep in the grass outside our tent.
It is a great area to explore.

We summited during our trip: Sunlight Peak, Windom Peak, Eolus and North Eolus and Jupiter Mountain.

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Chicago Basin Trip Planning Guide

Our trip in the order as we experienced it

Crossing Animas RiverCrossing Animas River
Needle Creek TrailNeedle Creek Trailhead - boys got off the train
WaterfallWaterfall along Needle Creek Trail
MushroomsMushroom along the trail
Can we share a campsite?Mountain goat visiting our campsite
Tired dogDuchess resting after a long hike in
Outdoor kitchenCooking dinner in our outdoor kitchen
Let s rehydratePlenty of liquids to rehydrate with
Twin LakesTwin Lakes
Trail to Twin LakesTrail to Twin Lakes
Beautiful cairnsBeautiful cairns on the trail towards Sunlight
Off to SunlightOff to Sunlight
Up SunlightUp towards Sunlight's summit
Exposed moveExposed move on Sunlight's summit block
Hooray on the summitSummit block of Sunlight
Below the main summit blockBelow the summit block, Windom in the back
Climber on Sunlight SpireClimber on Sunlight Spire
Resting on the top of the SpireMeditating on Sunlight Spire
TraversingTraversing from Sunlight to Windom
Between Sunlight and WindomBetween Sunlight and Windom, Twin Lakes and Eolus in the background
Up WindomUp Window Peak
View towards EolusView towards Eolus from the slopes of Windom
Summit of WindomTogether with my son on the summit
Summit of WindomHappy on our 2nd 14er of the day
Signing the summit logSigning the summit registry
Windom Peak summitWindom's Peak summit
Sunlight SpireSunlight Spire as seen from Windom Peak, Grenadiers in the background
Sunlight and Sunlight SpireSunlight and Sunllight Spire from the top of Windom Peak
Sunlight SpireSunlight Spire detail - as seen from the summit of Windom
American MartenAmerican Marten
Windom PeakDescending Windom Peak
Twin LakesTwin Lakes with Eolus in the background
Twin LakesDuchess hiking towards Twin Lakes
Busy weekendLabor Day weekend was a busy one in Chicago Basin
Morning yogaMorning yoga outside our tent
ChipmunkChipmunk eating his breakfast
Goats on the way to EolusGoats on the way up to Eolus
Twin LakesTwin Lakes from the trail towards Eolus
EolusCatwalk and Eolus in the background
CatwalkCatwalk and little exposure
Colorful climbersColorful climbers on the catwalk
Below the summitBelow the summit of Eolus
Summit of EolusOn the summit of Eolus with Grenadiers in the background
Turret and Pigeon PeakTurret and Pigeon Peak as seen from the summit
CatwalkCatwalk - the ridge between Eolus and North Eolus.
Climbers on North EolusClimbers on the summit of North Eolus
Descending EolusDescending Eolus
On the CatwalkOn the Catwalk
Climbers on North EolusClimbers on North Eolus
Catwalk detailCatwalk detail as seen from the slopes of North Eolus
Summit of North Eolus Summit of North Eolus with my brother
Fat MarmotFat Marmot below Eolus
Soaking feet in Twin LakesSoaking feet in Twin Lakes
Balancing on 3Morning Yoga 2
Southern SlopesSouthern Slopes of Jupiter
Duchess hiking up JupiterDuchess hiking up Jupiter Mountain
Exposure near the summitExposure near the summit
Summit of Jupiter MountainMain summit of Jupiter Mountain
Summit of Jupiter MountainOn the summit of Jupiter Mountain
Narrow Ridge


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