trip report by besthike editor Rick McCharles
Texas Creek to Mineral Basin
I finished my book – Dances with Marmots – a Kiwi’s memoir of hiking the PCT – and left it on the trail for anyone craving an amusing read.
Despite the wet conditions, I was impressed with my Merrill shoes. No blisters.
I was worried, again, about lightning. Happily I’d see no more for the week.The weather improved as I climbed to Cottonwood Pass, a popular tourist stop that I’d visited my only other time in Colorado. I took the high trail approach. And the California couple passed me once again. I saw them climb into a car and drive away. They’d told me they didn’t have enough food to reach their next resupply. So needed to side trip to town for grub.
An Austrian couple (I learned later) left the trail here too – their tent and sleeping bags too soaked to continue. It’s a good escape route as many tourists are happy to rescue someone from the continental divide.
On the other side the trail was blocked by snow. Hikers were still detouring to bypass. Here begins my favourite section of the Collegiate West. Miles of continental divide ridge walk. The weather continued to improve. One happy hiker. It had been a long, tough day, however. And I was happy to finally drop down to find a protected campsite.