Colorado Trail – Collegiate West day 5

trip report by besthike editor Rick McCharles

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Tunnel Lake to Hunt Lake

I made it through the night without putting the fly on the tent!

DSCN1732UP – as usual – to the next pass. DSCN1735It looked imposing. DSCN1736On the other side are some buildings in Hancock. DSCN1740It was a relief, actually, to make better time walking an old rail line. DSCN1741Everyone loves the under regulation of hiking in Colorado. There are very few restrictive rules. One thing asked is that hikers register in log books as they pass by. Unfortunately each I passed was full. There were no pages left. Seems the system is broken. 😦DSCN1744In 2015 we still walked roads along the Arkansas River head waters en route to Hancock Lake. But volunteers were there in force building the trail which will soon run parallel to the roads. I was impressed with their enthusiasm. DSCN1754Roads – and historical artifacts – exist in unusual places due to mining. DSCN1752I was happy to reach this lovely spot.

Hancock Lake
Hancock Lake

I chatted with a  fisherman. He’d seen a herd of elk cross Chalk Creek Pass this very morning. DSCN1759I didn’t see the elk. But there were three moose at Upper Hancock. DSCN1760 DSCN1767Chalk Creek Pass was glorious. It’s a joy to get good weather up so high.DSCN1773 DSCN1774In the heat, marmots got lazy. DSCN1775 DSCN1791 I happened upon the empty Trail Crew camp. It inspired me to volunteer myself, one day. 🙂DSCN1796 DSCN1803Over the bridge. Up to Boss Lake. DSCN1798 DSCN1807I was keen. The weather was great. But an Austrian couple 3 weeks on the CDT convinced me I didn’t have time to make the final 9 miles so I set up at Hunt Lake. DSCN1810It turned out to be the prettiest campsite of my week. DSCN1812 DSCN1817 DSCN1814 DSCN1821more full resolution photos

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One Reply to “Colorado Trail – Collegiate West day 5”

  1. Starting from twin lakes next Saturday. Planning on doing east side first. How were the bugs? I hate wearing spray if I can help it. I pack light and hope to finish in 12 days..any advice or must camp spots?

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