Elk Park to Needleton (day 3)

4 days, 3 nights, 40+ miles in the Weminuche Wilderness in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. 

Day 3

  • Hiked down the Vallecito Trail to the intersection/bridge with the Johnson Creek Trail

  • Wonderful views of the Needle Range

  • Climbed the Johnson Creek Trail to Vallecito Basin / Columbine Basin

  • Got thunder-snowed/hailed on for a few hours

  • Climbed Columbine Pass and had wonderful views of Eolus, N. Eolus, Sunlight, and Windom Peaks

  • Camped in Chicago Basin. USFS Backcountry Ranger was impressed with the small size and weight of my pack considering the journey I had just completed!