CDT June 28 – July 1: Twin Lakes to Breckenridge, Colorado

Before leaving Twin Lakes on June 28 I decided that I wanted to arrive in Breckenridge in just four days. It is 69 trail miles between the two towns, and I really, really needed to get to the post office before Saturday, July 2, when the post office closed for the 3-day 4th of July weekend. This meant I would have to hike at least a couple of 20+ mile days, something I had not done for ten days. This was not the easy, flat Cochetopa Creek valley I hiked back then. Instead, I would be hiking over a couple of passes higher than 12000 feet, and climbing steep ascents in rough terrain.
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Above: The squirrel was as curious about me as I was to it

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CDT June 23-27: Monarch Pass to Twin Lakes, Colorado

Me and Elusive were treated by my friends Nancy and Sandy McVie to a wonderful campground dinner feast here in Twin Lakes.  It made the hard five days of hiking well worth it.  It took Elusive and I five days to hike 70 miles, a section I thought I could cover in four days.  Each day included long ascents to beautiful mountain passes.  I do not time to write many details.  The photos will provide glimpses of the challenges and rewards.

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CDT June 15-19: Creede to Monarch Pass

Summer finally arrived in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, with warm, even hot, days with clear skies (no thunderstorms for five straight days), and rapidly melting snowpack!  As Mr. Snowman says: “Oh no!  I’m melting…melting!”

Oh no! I'm melting...melting!

Oh no! I’m melting…melting!

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