Backpacking and Trekking in Colorado

Colorado Trekking Trips

Trekking in the San Juan Mountains

Trekking in the San Juan Mountains

The San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado provide one of the most scenic backdrops for a trekking trip. The rugged mountains, cascading creeks, open meadows, spectacular wildflowers and abundant wildlife make this the supreme destination for a backcountry excursion.

No other mountain area in Colorado can match the access, remoteness, expanse, and majesty of the San Juans. They are the true definition of “The Rockies”.

Our trips are designed for beginning to intermediate trekkers and will suit backcounty travellers of all ages and ability levels. This is a great adventure for families or a group of friends.

Our Terrain

Our trekking trips take place in the Weminuche Wilderness, typically in either the Chicago Basin, the Continental Divide, Ice Lakes Basin, and the world-famous Colorado Trail. We utilize the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNGRR) to access the wilderness area. A relic of the mining trade of the 1880’s – 1930’s, the train is world famous as it is one of the few narrow gauge railroads left in existence. This is a unique experience and adds an interesting start and finish to our trekking trips. Come and join us on a truly unforgettable trip in Colorado’s largest wilderness area!

Wildflower Trekking

*If our scheduled climbs do not fit your needs, we can also schedule private dates to accommodate your schedule needs/requirements.

2017 offerings

Trekking in the San Juan Mountains

Chicago Basin Trekking – (3 – 4 days)
An excellent introduction to trekking in the San Juan backcountry, and a great way to see Chicago Basin, the home of the 14′ers and the crown jewel of the Weminuche Wilderness. 3 and 4 day itineraries are available.

Best of the Weminuche(5 days)
If you’d like to see all the Weminuche Wilderness has to offer, then consider joining this one-of-a-kind trekking adventure. We’ll travel to some of the best, and least travelled areas of the San Juans all the while hiking on beautiful trails.

Ice Lakes Basin(3 days)
Cascading waterfalls, brilliant wildflower displays and turquoise lakes permeate the landscape of Ice Lakes Basin. Matching unparalleled scenery with relative easy access makes this 3-day trekking excursion a perfect trip for families, or those new to wilderness travel.

Alpine Lakes Traverse – (6 days)
We take you into the highest, hidden, and most beautiful alpine lakes in the Weminuche Wilderness of the San Juan Mountains.  You will be traveling and camping in areas that very few people enjoy the privilege of knowing that they even exist, let alone have visited

The Continental Divide Trail – (5 days) 
This spectacular journey through one of the lower 48’s highest and remotest wildernesses will give our trekkers views of the east and west Rockies enjoyed by only a select few

Wildflower Trekking


Ouray Perimeter Trail – Five mile moderate hike above and around Ouray. There are many different trail heads to access this trail. The Perimeter Trail offers stunning scenery of the surrounding mountains and great views overlooking town. This trail has many neat sections of single track, including an old mine tunnel, going over the Box Canyon Falls bridge, the ice park loop and an exposed trail high in the rock band near cascade falls. This is a must do in Ouray and will provide a great day of exploring close to town.

Oak Creek Trail to Twin Peaks Trail  – Moderate/Difficult Trail about 6.5 miles round-trip. This hike has fabulous wooded areas and gives glimpses into the beautiful oak creek drainage. It is quite steep and gains about 2,400 feet to the summit of Twin Peaks. After going to the summit of Twin Peaks, back track to the Twin Peaks TH intersection with Oak Creek Trail and Silvershield Trail, you can descend either trail.

Portland Mine Trail – Moderate Trail that offshoots from the Perimeter Trail and gives amazing views into the Amphitheater. About 4 Miles round trip. Most of the trail goes through wonderful forests, although there are many great vistas of the jagged peaks that surround.

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