trip report by site editor Rick McCharles
seasonal Spring – Kennebec trailhead – Durango
Would there be any vehicles there? Could I catch a ride back to Durango, skipping the last 20.5 miles?But when I hit the Highline Trail section I couldn’t stop grinning. It came clear to me why these are some of the highlight miles of the entire Colorado Trail. The Indian Trail Ridge section of the Highline is fantastic.
I was thinking to use this as my OK Cupid profile pic. 🙂 Ladies? Bad news. I was moving much more slowly than usual … and the big, bad thunder clouds started piling up atop the highest point on the trail.
I was relieved to get off the heights. And into even thicker wild flowers.
The first folks I met – a family originally from Montana – offered me a lift part way down the mountain towards Durango. They were looking to fill their pick-up truck with firewood.
I was pleased to tag along. Prepared to start working the chainsaw when a second vehicle arrived. A couple of ex-military fishermen. They’d needed to hitchhike plenty over their many different fishing trips. The guys dropped me at the Rec Center in Durango so I could shower-up and change my clothes.
A lady at the Rec Center suggested I use the rest of the facilities. After all, I’d paid full price for the day – $6!
It sounded crazy at the time, but I did end up returning in the evening for a workout in the weight room. And another long, hot shower. 🙂
My stashed green garbage bag was exactly where I’d left it days ago. I repacked for travel, the Colorado hiking finished for 2015. (I was walking with a limp.)
An itinerary like this is near certain to go wrong.