Here’s the link to our combined pix.
It went pretty good, like clockwork. The original plan was do the maroon bells 4 pass loop, but due to Rangers reporting very deep snow on the passes, we had to opt out and find and alternative. So I spent an intense week of looking for a functional alternative, since plane reservations had long been made. After about 20 calls to various ranger districts, we settled on the Weminuche, approached via Creede, Co not the popular Durango entrance, with its fabled train ride.
We entered at the Rio Grande River reservoir, Rio Grande National Forest, had to ford the, what else, the fabled Rio Grande River itself. I had read several trip reports about people turning around due to not wanting to ford the river, so I was pretty worried. But in the end, it was done (see the photo link or the youtube post, search “thephilipreed”)
But god damn, it’s a long way to get up on the CD trail, unless your entering at wolf creek pass (way up on the great divide, trucken on down – the other side); Geardog had this trucking CD and played it until we wanted to truck him out the window.
It was a loooooong ride from Denver to the trail head, what, about 7 hours?
I guess it wouldn’t have taken so long, but coming from sea level, we had to acclimatize at 10,600′ for a day or so, at black lake. This was an absolute necessity. About 6 miles to the black lake, another day up to the CD trail, so you need plenty of time to do this. We made a loop out of it, it works great as a loop. A good alternative, park at wolfcreek pass and do an out and back.