Category Archives: Hiking

CDT, Day 12 — A Trip to Town

CDT, Day 12 — July 14 — 8.3 miles Last night, I awoke to a scream. Then another and a dozen more. I wondered if a predator had snagged a feeble elk. Finally the screaming ended. I hit the trail at 5:45 a.m. and walked through forests and wet meadows for 3.7 miles to Battle…
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CDT, Day 11 — Welcome to Wyoming

CDT, Day 11 — July 13 — 18.5 miles More ups and downs and a storm. After waking up, we hiked just a mile before entering Wyoming, my third CDT state, where a pile of deadfalls and a small pool of water greeted us. The first mile in Wyoming featured many more nasty deadfalls, but…
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CDT, Day 10 — Ups and Downs

CDT, Day 10 — July 12 — 19.4 miles Ups and downs. I slept well, camping next to the trail on a flat, smooth site, where the sounds of the river 100 feet away were soothing. I was on the trail at 7 a.m., with John close behind. The cool morning air made for ideal…
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CDT, Day 9 — Getting My Trail Legs at Last

CDT, Day 9 — July 11 — 18.1 miles I wasn’t fully warm last night, but not exactly cold either. John and I started hiking at 7 a.m. The trail continued north, gaining and losing 200-400 feet of elevation at a time. At times we had grand views to the east of North Park. Our…
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CDT, Day 8 — Camping at 11,100 feet

CDT, Day 8 — July 10 — 14.7 miles On the trail at 7 a.m. John and I continued north through sub-alpine forest and passed by wet meadows for 5 miles to Buffalo Pass. Only four cars in the parking lot. At 10,300 feet in elevation, we gained only 300 feet of elevation since our…
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CDT, Day 7 — Back on Trail

CDT, Day 7 — July 9 — 8.2 miles Time to get back to the CDT after a quick break at home. I rode to Rabbit Ears Pass with my neighbor John, who will hike with me on the 84-mile section to Battle Pass, Wyoming. We started hiking at 1 p.m. near Dumont Lake Campground.…
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