CDT 9 Days 76-81 miles 1746.8 - 1829.2

upload.jpg

Sunrise this morning and today will be another great day. I'm getting off trail for a few days again this time to visit with some family in the area and attend the wedding of friends Kelly and Sam! The timing for this one worked out so well, it's not often that I'm hiking through the same state that my friends are getting married!! I hopped off trail this time near Grey's Peak trailhead and will be back in 3 days time. Again I forgot to take any photos of the wedding as I was so excited to be at the ceremony, catchup with old friends from college and meet new friends. I was in awe of the love surrounding everyone at the wedding and was greatful to witness it. Once again I was smiles from ear to ear all night long. Can't wait to visit Fort Collins again!

It was also so comforting to see family in Denver and hang out with my cousins! Can't wait to see you again, hopefully soon!

upload.jpg

Raspberries are in season!

upload.jpg

Per tradition, flying a kite (from my family) on the top of a mountain on trail. This is Grey's Peak the highest point on the CDT. On the AT I flew one on Mt. Washington and on the PCT Mt. Whitney

 Figuring out which ridge we should follow. It's getting colder and colder now that we're consistanly above 12,000+ feet. 

Figuring out which ridge we should follow. It's getting colder and colder now that we're consistanly above 12,000+ feet. 

upload.jpg

Old mines up in the hills

upload.jpg

More time up on the ridges. I love walking up this high but it can get concerning when you're above tree line for miles on end and there's no place to hind in case of bad weather. This day in particular Will and I had to hike past dark to finally get down low enough to find some trees and take cover from the howling winds.

 Finally made it to where the Colorado Trail and CDT meet. And if you didn't know by seeing the signs on the trees, the condition of the trail was enough. For the past couple days up on ridges, there wasn't much trail or signage to speak of. Not that that's a bad thing, by now we're conditioned to it but it was pretty funny that as soon as the trails merged, magically it was like walking on the PCT again. Well kept trail, cleared of trees and switchback. So many switchbacks going up and down the mountains.

Finally made it to where the Colorado Trail and CDT meet. And if you didn't know by seeing the signs on the trees, the condition of the trail was enough. For the past couple days up on ridges, there wasn't much trail or signage to speak of. Not that that's a bad thing, by now we're conditioned to it but it was pretty funny that as soon as the trails merged, magically it was like walking on the PCT again. Well kept trail, cleared of trees and switchback. So many switchbacks going up and down the mountains.

upload.jpg

Nope, nope, nope, staying on the CDT/CT. 

upload.jpg

Over the past couple days the air has been increasingly hazy due to all the forest fires happening right now. There are a couple in Colorado, Montana and the Eagle Creek fire in Oregon. Special thoughts to the CDT NoBo's and PCTers that they all stay safe this hiking season. 

upload.jpg

Coming into Copper Mountain

upload.jpg

Entering an area with old land mines. Definitely didn't go off trail in this section. 

upload.jpg

Some kind of old bunkers or something in the hazardous area. 

upload.jpg

Some old timey locomotives in Leadville.    Leadville, is one of my favorite towns on trail so far and os the highest incorporated town in America! 

Next time,

-Outro