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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