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I am planning on spending ~7 days hiking / camping San Juan National Forest in early September. I am going to hit The Blue Lakes near Ouray for the first couple of nights and then I don't have a plan. Can you recommend some GPS marks to fill the other 5 days. I want to get away from everyone if at all possible and I need water sources of course.

I don't mind jumping back in my car after doing the Blue Lakes (I want to do these because of the May edition of BP) and driving to a new starting point for a 5 day hike / camp.  I don't need to cover a huge amount of ground, I really just want solitude, scenery and fishing.

I have been looking through the forums but most of them are West of Denver, which makes sense, but it's not where I'll be.   :cool:

Thanks for any help you can offer.
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Unfortunately, solitude and fishing tend to often be mutually exclusive.

You could may head over to Navajo Lake in the Lizard Head wilderness.

The Ice Lakes and Fuller Lake basins NW of Silverton are nice, but you don't need 5 days for those.

Bear Creek S of Ouray is a good hike, but not sure about any fishing.

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I am actually flying to Colorado this week for a few days in the same area. I will be backpacking up to the blue lakes and trying to summit Mt. Sneffels. I will have a few extra days to seek something else out while I am there. I will let you know what I can find while I'm there.

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Blue Lakes are great. Also:

Ice Lakes Basin
Wetterhorn Basin
Twilight Lake


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Thanks for the suggestions...

I think I'm going to spend a couple days at Blue Lakes and then hop in the car and drivev down to the South San Juan Wilderness.

If I were able to find a documented trip near Blue Lakes that offered a couple more days worth, I would spend some more time up there but there doesn't seem to be much in Trimble in that area except short day hikes.
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Just got back from my trip. I think you can do more than two days at the blue lakes if you plan of a summit attempt of Sneffels. We spent two and a half days at the blue lakes with no summit attempt. We came from the low lands, so altitude was a small factor. It didn't hinder the trip, but we felt it and didn't want to push it up.

Awesome trip and area, unreal views. I think you will really enjoy it!

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I spent a few days in Ice Lake Basin last week.

If you want to see some photos, this is a link to my Flicker page.


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Hey - just curious how this trip turned out and what you ended up doing?  I'm considering spending some time in the San Juans next year since it's an area I really haven't explored.

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This link is to the South San Juan Wilderness

This is to the La Garita Wilderness north of Creede.

Both have topos and kml files of their respective areas plus some other goodies.  San Juans are spectacular.


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