Week 11 – Battle Pass WY to Grand Lake CO

Day 74: (September 11th)  31.2 miles

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Cool view of the valley from my tent that morning.
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Walking through Huston Park Wilderness (Medicine Bow NF)
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Uhoh, heavy smoke just to the west.
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Double uh-oh, another one on the east. Hiking faster…
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Goodbye Wyoming, hello Colorado!
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Rock art is always popular

 

Day 75: (September 12th)  29.1 miles

 

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Someone is caching…hay?!
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Colorado mountains are getting bigger!
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Bridge to nowhere. Well, nowhere dry. Took me awhile to find a good ford spot.
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One of the original Wilderness areas created by congress in 1964.

 

 

Day 76: (September 13th)  32.0 miles

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Sunrise from the trail. I started at 6am, to make it to town tonight!
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Another cool high ridgewalk
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10am, it’s still cold at 11,500ft.

And then, just as I came down from the ridge, a storm moved in. I was near a trailhead, so I hid in a bathroom building to stay dry. And since it was lunchtime anyway, I also ate…in the bathroom.

It started raining, then snowing, then hailing. It stopped after 20 minutes, so….onward!

 

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Rabbit ears peak & pass is well-named.
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I hitched into steamboat with a nice guy from Utah. Got to the Rabbit Ears Inn, just as it started to rain hard!

 

 

Day 77: (September 14th)  Zero miles

A zero day! I avoided some bad weather, did some food shopping, sampled a local brewery, and had a meal at DQ*. A good day.

*not recommended.

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9:04pm?
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I got new shoes in the mail! The old ones had almost 800 miles on them.
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This place was all about the hops.

Day 78: (September 15th)  25.0 miles

 

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Colorado has autumn! The aspens are turning very colorful.
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This is a big NF. The A-Basin ski area is still waaay to the south.
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I wonder what happened to make them post these signs everywhere.

 

Day 79: (September 16th)  27.2 miles

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Very cold this morning!
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Colorful Colorado
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They have no information. (Also, it was an easy pass, not troublesome)
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Summit hut on Parkview Mountain, elevation 12,300ft.
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View from Parkview. The trail climbed 1,200ft in less than a mile!

Day 80: (September 17th)  27.7 miles

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Looking down from Bowen Pass
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This is my favorite name yet for a Wilderness.
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Getting close to Rocky Mountain NP.
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The trail descends directly into the town of Grand Lake, CO. The largest natural lake in Colorado!
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And because it was Constitution week, the town had a parade & fireworks show!

 

Colorado definitely has a very different feel than any previous hiking. Higher elevations, fall colors, occasional frozen precipitation, and….marmots!

In terms of route options, I skipped the RMNP loop (would’ve added 18 miles), in order to get through Colorado a little faster before winter comes. I can always come back and do it as a dayhike!

Next week – hiking the front range, and a couple of 14ers!

-R

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