(This post is obviously being written 3 months after the events)
I am going to write a more verbose post discussing all the life-changing experiences, friendships formed, paradigms shifted and of course future plans….but first I wanted to provide some photos of our brief, but profound time on the Colorado Trail after leaving the PCT.
Real quick Primer on the CT:
-486 miles between Durango and Denver
-Average Elevation 10,500ft+ (Collegiate West Route)
Now this trail is typically done Denver–>Durango, because that side if far easier from an elevation and climbing perspective, but we are coming from the west coast and hiking over 2100 miles, so we opted to start at Durango. The other primary reason we chose Durango was to get the higher elevation portions of the trail (days of 12,000ft+) out of the way early due to our late start. We arranged to park our car with someone through Facebook and after 2 days prepping in SD, we got on the road and drove to CO.
Immediately we knew this trail was going to be something altogether different from what we had experienced on the PCT. We were confident and felt great, so this was the perfect way to enjoy some pretty tough hiking.
The first day was fairly easy, despite some evening rain. The next day started climbing with elevation gains rarely seen on the PCT.
My back was bothering me so we decided to take that day 2 easy and camp next to a beautiful mountain lake at well above 11,000 ft.
The following day was one of the most spectacular days of hiking our both of our lives. 30 miles of absolutely ridiculous views, terrain, wildife, and life-affirming wilderness. I know my language is getting a little over the top, but it’s simply a magical place.
I’m going to bring in a slideshow to the site, because I can’t show all the amazing pictures from the adventures in a post, or the page would never load. The next day was more amazing hiking as we raced to Silverton, racing to escape hail and rain, but as always, laughing all the way. Laughing is easy when you know it’s a town day.
Due to weather, I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I would have liked, but I’ll give you a few more as we headed into town.
I’m intentionally keeping this brief, as I am also penning a longer explanatory post soon, but upon reaching Silverton, we received bad news. Our dog again was homeless and we were going to have to head back to deal with it…lesson learned for future trips, his housing needs to be rock solid. So after a few amazing days on the CT, we had to head back to Durango and drive back to San Diego (not the worst place in the world to go back to). We had done enough hitching, so we decided to take an older version of the same transporation that we had used several times this year:
Much, much, more to come soon guys….including HUGE plans for 2016!