Weminuche Trail to Rincon La Vaca Loop

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Weminuche Trail to Rincon La Vaca Loop is a 17.9 mile loop trail located near Lake City, Colorado that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and backpacking.

DISTANCE
17.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4307 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

hiking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

scramble

snow

camping
Friday, November 20, 2015

My 13 year old son and I hiked this loop/out and back as our inaugural Colorado backpacking trip. We are from Florida, hike the Smokies extensively, and well, Colorado blew our minds. Period. The entire approach up the valley is filled with super rad stuff, and treats like little strawberries on the edge of the trail for munching! Weminuche pass was impressive, as was the first glimpse we caught of Rio Grande Pyramid. I personally felt like Frodo from Lord of the Rings heading into some mystical uncharted realm. It was a surreal and fantastic experience being able to walk amongst such grand beauty.

We never made the window, but we summited the Pyramid on our second morning and hurried back to the car the same day. My only gripe on this trail was the extensive bark beetle damage. In some places entire mountainsides of pole pines are standing, dead and gray. :(

camping
Wednesday, August 01, 2012