David has been hiking in the Weminuche for years. In fact this was his 9th trip to the area.
Day 1: David and I got dropped off in Cunningham Gulch and hiked up to the Highland Mary Lakes and camped near Verde Lake. A group passed us with two lamas and a baby which is not something you see everyday in the high country. That evening the fish were jumping like crazy in Verde Lake.
Day 2: The next day we walked over the Continental Divide and camped at the beautiful Kite Lake.
Day 3: From Kite Lake we hiked up and over Hunchback Pass(12,492′) and into the Vallecito creek drainage. Then headed west into Stormy Gulch to camp for the night. And as the name implies we got rained on that evening.
Day 4: It’s hard to beat the views in Stormy Gulch with Storm King, Silex and the Guardian to your south. We hike in between Silex and Storm King then in between Peak 8 and Peak 7 to camp at a lake on the south side of Peak 8 for the night.
Day 5: A high traverse then over Jagged pass, put us in the top of Noname Basin. We camped at 12,400′ with spectacular views of Monitor Peak, Peak 13 and Animas Mountain.
Day 6: A short day. We hiked to lower Noname.
Day 7: We hiked the rest of the way down Noname creek to the Animas River then followed the Animas south to Needleton to catch the afternoon train back to Durango.
It was great time hanging out with David! Although it’s hard to have a bad time when you are surrounded by and moving through that kind of terrain. Hope to see you soon David!