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Weminuche Wilderness, Rio Grande National Forest, CO (Aug 5th - Aug 11th 2018)

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The Weminuche Wilderness lies in the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests of southwestern Colorado and is the largest designated Wilderness in the state at nearly half a million acres! Fifty miles of the Continental Divide, the geological backbone of North America, bissect the Weminuche, diverting its headwaters to either the Pacific or Atlantic oceans.

The Weminuche contains the headwaters of dozens of major streams and rivers, feeding both the Rio Grande and San Juan rivers, two of the Southwest's most ecologically and culturally significant waterways. Its immense size encompasses broad and diverse environments: cascading rivers swollen with snowmelt; immense glacial valleys; windswept ridges of the Continental Divide; and the seemingly unreachable summits of skyscraping granite. Collectively, the Weminuche offers spectacular examples of dramatically different mountain landscapes. Above our camp are ragged peaks and sharp cliffs, formed over millions of years as volcanic eruptions covered the landscape. Later glaciation created the dozens of cirque lakes that dot the high country.

Our service project will be trail maintenance with a focus on brushing and retreading of Archuleta Trail #839 in the Rio Grande National Forest. It will involve a short backpack of ~1 mile, with elevation rise of 80' on the Archuleta Trail along Big Meadow Reservoir.

This project is rated as a strenuous project.

Check out more photos of previous year's Weminuche Rio Grande project in our gallery.


Aug 5th - Aug 11th 2018

Service Project

Trail re-construction and maintenance

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Free Days

Day hiking, fishing, photography, wildflower viewing, relaxing


Backpack camping

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : 1 mile backpack, 80' elevation gain, digging, bending, cutting, sawing, moving rock.


Tom Laabs-Johnson
Zig Sondelski

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