The Fourth of July weekend came at a time when most the public land in AZ was shut down due to wildfire conditions. Our first plan was to head to New Mexico, specifically the Carson National Forest. Fire restrictions squashed that so we pointed towards Taos, but that too was curtailed. As a final backup planned we rolled the dice and headed towards the Weminuche Wilderness outside of Durango, Co. Even with the current fire going on we got lucky and had an eventful trip.
The original route started at Endrich MesaTrail to Needle Creek Trail to Vallecito Trail to CDT, to Ute Creek Trail, to Rock Creek Trail, to Lake Fork Trail, and finally out Pine Creek Trail. Starting with FR 597 not being sedan friendly and then afternoon thunderstorms the CDT had to be cut and we opted to take Rock Creek Trail from the Vallecito Trail which shortened the route. The Rock Creek Trail was stunning and probably one of the best trails throughout the trip. Need Creek Trail, Vallecito Trail and Lake Fork Trail were all plagued with plenty of downed trees. The FS was on Lake Fork Trail clearing trees as we came down and we updated them about the conditions of the other trails. Overall the trip was a success and the beautiful was typical Colorado high country....stunning.