Weminuche Wilderness conditions

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Weminuche Wilderness conditions

by AlexeyD » Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:40 am

Thinking of a possible backpacking trip up in those parts over the 4th. Any recent info such as snow levels, snow conditions, creek crossings, etc. would be appreciated! Thanks! AD

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Re: Weminuche Wilderness conditions

by mconnell » Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:01 pm

I just got back from 5 days there. I started from Molas Pass and mostly did day hikes from around the pond by Vestal Creek. I went as far as Kite Lake, Vestal Basin, and some off trail lakes above the mine on Elk Creek.

All that said: Creek crossings weren't too bad. I had planned on going up to Trinity Lake by going cross country from Elk Creek. Elk Creek was a little too high to cross where I needed but was able to cross about 1/2 mile upstream. None of the crossing on the trail were any problem. I did not hit any snow that was an issue at all except for going up Hunchback Pass above Kite Lake. This was passable but sketchy and I probably would have done it if I wasn't solo. Would not have been a problem at all with crampons and shouldn't be a problem next week.

A couple other notes: I saw a total of 3 groups of people over the 5 days. This included nobody in Vestal Basin. There were also almost no bugs. I never used repellent, got 1 mosquito bite and picked up one blood-sucking hitchhiker (tick). Wild flowers were amazing. Definitely at their peak this past week.

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Re: Weminuche Wilderness conditions

by Teresa Gergen » Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:15 am

Almost no snow on peaks north of the Pagosa area.

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