Sunday of Summer in the San Juans

The local forest service social media page recently called August the “Sunday of Summer.”


And I can’t help but think how apt of a descript that ends up being for this time of the year. You see the last of the wildflowers, the aspen leaves start to show some yellow, and there’s a chill in the night air. Summer fades, and fall starts to arrive.


Joan and I backpacked a thoroughly enjoyable loop that took in the Colorado Trail highway (6+ thru-bikers and 12+ thru-hikers in a 10 mile or so stretch!), an obscure dirt bike trail with no traffic, and a jeep road with only three vehicles on a Sunday.

Overall, a fine loop to see the last bit of wildflowers, enjoy some ridgeline walks, and ascend from a mountain canyon.


Soon we’ll go lower to canyon country. But we’ll enjoy the last day of summer, and the start of fall, in the high country and enjoy what the seasons offer.

PCO Joan

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Todd Anderson
Todd Anderson
2 years ago

Looks like a great outing 🙂