Colorado Trail – Collegiate West day 3

trip report by besthike editor Rick McCharles

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Texas Creek to Mineral Basin

Wet morning.

DSCN1534I 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.

DSCN1541This was the toughest creek crossing. Not bad. DSCN1544 DSCN1546Volunteers are working on this section of the Colorado Trail. I expect there will be a wood bridge here soon.

Despite the wet conditions, I was impressed with my Merrill shoes. No blisters.

DSCN1548This guy goes barefoot in the rain. DSCN1568Water was running high for July. It’s been a wet year.

I was worried, again, about lightning. Happily I’d see no more for the week.DSCN1558The weather improved as I climbed to Cottonwood Pass, a popular tourist stop that I’d visited my only other time in Colorado. DSCN1572I 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.

Cottonwood Pass

Cottonwood Pass

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. DSCN1583Here begins my favourite section of the Collegiate West. DSCN1588Miles of continental divide ridge walk. DSCN1592 DSCN1597 DSCN1599 DSCN1600The weather continued to improve. One happy hiker.DSCN1602 DSCN1605 DSCN1608 DSCN1613 DSCN1624It had been a long, tough day, however. And I was happy to finally drop down to find a protected campsite.

DSCN1626I set up in a spot as out-of-the-wind as possible. DSCN1628No water. But good protection.

my dinner vista

my dinner vista

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