Colorado Trail – Collegiate West day 2

trip report by besthike editor Rick McCharles

day 1 | day 2 | day 3 | day 4 | day 5 | day 6 | info page

Clear Creek to Texas Creek

I carried my food in an Ursack. Very convenient. The trees here are not ideal for hanging a bear bag.

DSCN1443After a pot of coffee , it was time to do my doodie. A job well done this day. You’d never guess what’s under that flat rock. πŸ™‚

DSCN1442There are no formal campgrounds on Collegiate West. No pit toilets. It’s dispersed camping only.

DSCN1446As so often in the Rockies, you start in the trees and climb to another high pass.

DSCN1448Seems the Collegiate Wilderness has a welcome dog. πŸ™‚ If you want to hike with your dog, Colorado is a great place. I saw many hiking dogs over the week.

DSCN1462These were the only pack lamas I saw. The guys told me they were very helpful. Very good natured.
DSCN1466Mud is a concern in the Colorado Rockies. The Sierras in California are a far dryer alternative.
DSCN1470But I was loving the high altitude scenery.
DSCN1455 DSCN1482 DSCN1473It’s heaven up here when the sun shines.
DSCN1479DSCN1483 DSCN1484Crossing the pass. Again a little snow.

DSCN1491DSCN1498Wow.

DSCN1493 DSCN1505It’s difficult to capture the splendor in a photo.

I dropped down to Texas Creek.

DSCN1507Nice weather. If you are a beaver.

DSCN1525I probably should have stopped in a de facto campground when you first reach the creek. It’s an open field with road access.

Instead I pushed on ending up … here.

DSCN1528It was wet.

DSCN1529Yet … a glorious hiking day, all in all. πŸ™‚

DSCN1449more full resolution photos

day 1 | day 2 | day 3 | day 4 | day 5 | day 6 | info page

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