All posts tagged “San Juan National Forest

Overlook on Eagle Pass

Pretty sure this was from a hike up the Lewis Creek trail to Eagle Pass, overlooking the Durango area. Twin Buttes, Perins Peak and Lake Nighthorse are visible in the distance. I believe Silver Mountain is the closest peak visible.

Sunrise Down Ophir Pass

Stopped along the trail to watch the first light touch the tops of the surrounding peaks down Ophir Pass road. On a hike on the backside trail to Columbine Lake.

Lake Hope Hike

Arrived at the trailhead around 7:30 after deciding to skip the crowds at the Ice Lakes trail. The parking lot was packed, with people already parking down the road before 7am. So, I decided to drive a bit farther up South Mineral Creek road to the Lake Hope trail.

Took me just under 1.5 hours to reach the pass at 12,440′, gaining an elevation of approximately 1,700′ and covering a roundtrip distance of 5.8 miles. There weren’t many people on this trail, as I only encountered 4 hikers on my way back down.

Morning Calm at Cascade Creek

Hiking down to Cascade Canyon in the morning shade. Planning on making it to the Needleton train stop about 10 miles in. Captured on 20 July 2023 | iPhone 11 Pro | ISO 32 | 1/1100 sec | f/1.8 | 26mm