San Juan Range Overview
The San Juan Range
is the largest mountain range in Colorado. It dominates southwestern Colorado. In Colorado, the San Juans are second in snowfall only to the Park Range
. The San Juan Range is home to 342
peaks above thirteen thousand feet.
Western Weminuche Wilderness from The Window. Photo: Colonelpyat
“Window Peak” is located in the San Juan Range 0.9 miles
south of centennial thirteener Rio Grande Pyramid
. "Window" is the 517th highest peak in Colorado. “Window Peak” is named after The Window, a rectangular notch in the Continental Divide 0.2 miles north of “Window Peak” and 0.7 miles south of Rio Grande Pyramid
. Both “Window Peak” and The Window provide spectacular views of the western Weminuche Wilderness, namely the Needle and Grenadier Mountains. The shortest route to "Window Peak" involves 20.6 miles of hiking roundtrip and is described below.
“Window Peak” and The Window
Drive 20.4 miles west on CO 149 from the bridge over Willow Creek in Creede, CO. Turn left onto the Rio Grande Reservoir Road (Forest Service 520). Drive west on the Rio Grande Reservoir Road 9.4 miles to the Thirty Mile Campground. Turn left, drive over a bridge and turn right. The Weminuche Trailhead parking area is on the north side of the road. The Weminuche Trailhead is on the south side of the road.
“Window Peak” East Slopes Route
Follow the Weminuche Trail 5.0 miles to a stream crossing at 10,640 feet. Turn right onto the Opal Lake Trail about 60 feet south of the stream crossing. Follow the Opal Lake Trail 4.7 miles to Opal Lake. Hike 0.6 miles west to the summit.
“Window Peak” is located in the Weminuche Wilderness.
Camping is not permitted at the trailhead. However, there are plenty of places to camp along the Weminuche and Opal Lake Trails.
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