The weminuche is a fantastic area! On a return trip to do the maroon bells 4 pass loop, a few years ago now, there was snow on the passes, so we opted to drive south and do a week in the weminuche, going in at the ute trail head and waded across the Rio Grande into the wilderness, first trip and we didn't get into as much of the higher country as we probably could have (one member of the group get a bit altitude sick, so we lost 1 day to rest up).
Would def do a return trip. But would allow more time to acclimatize, and get a fishing license.
not my best vid, but shows the river crossing
I can't believe it been 10yrs, have so much more experience now, and a much lighter pack!
Howdy, Phil, I just realized I have a response to my post in the REI blog, if that's what it is. I'm looking for someone to backpack with in the Weminuche since I do not want (and my beloved wife does not want me to) hike alone. I'm looking at a 4-5 day trip from the Needleton trailhead. I've climbed a couple of 14ers in the last three years but have not backpacked in quite a while. I'm 69 this year, have a one-year old partial knee replacement, and work out 3-4 days a week and bicycle on weekends.
@jaydeuce438I hear you! I'm 68, going slow, but still going. If you can't get anyone to go with, I'm taking a group of friends up to Bridger wilderness in Wyoming the first of july, for a old and slow 10days if you're interested.
that area, imo, is the most beautiful in the US, excepting the sierras.
here's a link to the map route https://caltopo.com/m/FKA1