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Todd Forbes
(TF) - F
Weminuche - Conditions in early October on 09/08/2009 12:17:00 MDT Print View

Hello everybody! I hope this is the correct forum for this post - can anybody tell me if the high alpine lakes in the Weminuche Wilderness Area will be frozen over in early October? I am planning a trip from the Wolf Creek Pass Trailhead to Archuleta Lake area and any information on what to expect this time of the year would be appreciated. I have hiked the area in mid-September and it was getting down to the mid 20's, just don't know exactly what to expect in October 5th - 9th timeframe.


John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Weminuche - Conditions in early October on 09/08/2009 16:08:53 MDT Print View

I'd expect snow at any time.

Edited by jshann on 09/08/2009 16:10:18 MDT.

Tim Cheek
(hikerfan4sure) - MLife
Archuleta Lake on 09/08/2009 18:31:41 MDT Print View

As big as it is I doubt it will have frozen over by then.

Peter Sustr
(czechxpress) - F - M

Locale: Boulder
not frozen on 09/08/2009 22:46:25 MDT Print View

I doubt they would be frozen yet but you can expect some crazy weather coming your way, snow for sure and low temps.

Zack Karas
( - MLife

Locale: Lake Tahoe
weminuche on 09/08/2009 22:52:34 MDT Print View

I've been through there the last week of Sept and no snow or frozen lakes, but plenty of cold (nights in teens). Friends of mine were 2 weeks behind me and had snow, but no frozen lakes. Water bottles froze for them, and they can start freezing in CO high country in September.

I dare you to swim in the lakes on your trip. Triple dog dare.

Todd Forbes
(TF) - F
Oh No! on 09/09/2009 16:48:48 MDT Print View

Tripple Dog Dare! Hell I guess I have to do it now & post a photo for prof! Hey if I do it naked I might make next years Warmlite catalog, although with the serious shrinkage water that cold causes........

Thanks for the info guys, the fishing up there is really great and I would hate to hump all that fishing gear above timber to find out the lake is frozen, as happened to us a few years back in Rocky Mountain National Park on a Halloween trip.