Week 12 – Grand Lake CO to Breckenridge CO

A long section, with lots of up/down every day. I’m glad the entire trail isn’t like this, I wouldn’t have any knees left! But its amazing scenery…

 

Day 81: (September 18th)  10.4 miles

I spent most of the day in town. It was a nice place to relax, they even had a park by the water. And lots of ice cream!

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Welcome to town
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Downtown Grand Lake. The sidewalks are all boardwalks!
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Leaving town, this was the only bridge over the canal between the 2 lakes.
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Kinda want to go swimming!
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These deer are everywhere, and not very smart. Or afraid of people.
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Hiking next to a dammed-up portion of the Colorado River.

 

Day 82: (September 19th)  25.2 miles

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I love Wilderness areas, it means not sharing the trail with ATVs & dirtbikes.
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Not a postcard. Monarch Lake.
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An old-timey Dr. Who Tardis?
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More alpine lakes than you can shake a stick at.
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Sunset from camp at Rollins Pass

 

Day 83: (September 20th)  26.7 miles

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Nothing like a nice morning ridgewalk
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I’ve been seeing many of these birds, called a Rock Ptarmigan. Their feathers are starting to turn white for winter!
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View from top of James Peak, 13,300ft.
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View down into Berthoud Pass. Highway 40 looks like it would be fun on a motorcycle!
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COOL. (I’m an avalanche geek)
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Dam!

 

Day 84: (September 21st)  31.4 miles

This was a HUGE (fuccillo-sized) day. I went up a 13k ft peak, then 3500ft down to the I-70 freeway, then up & over two 14ers!

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Morning ridgewalks are a regular thing in Colorado.
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Herman Gulch trailhead. I think Subaru ownership is needed for CO residency.
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Feels like I’ve been here before…
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This sign was just depressing…”you are here”. This is gonna hurt.
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Cool views going up the ridge, between rain showers.
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View from Torrey’s Peak, 14,275ft.
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It was very windy up there on the summit.
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I found a sign in the summit rockpile on Gray’s Peak.
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Looking back down at the trailhead, over 3000ft below.

 

Day 85: (September 22nd)  25.9 miles

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There’s still some of last season’s leftover snow up high.
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Raincloud is a-comin’…yup, it was very wet.
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I see a ski resort! Must be Keystone?
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Follow the …yellow rock road?
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The CDT merges with the Colorado Trail at this point. The signage and tread improved greatly!

 

Day 86: (September 23rd)  12.5 miles

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There are so many burn piles
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Nice day, but still cold.
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Shouldn’t this trail be in Maryland?
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The trail descends down into Breckenridge. Those were all vacation homes.

I took the free bus (thanks, Summit county) into Breckenridge and went straight to the brewery for a sandwich and a non-water beverage. By the time I finished and walked downtown to the hostel, it had started snowing. Hard. I’m glad I got into town early today! Hopefully the weather improves for the next section, down through the Sawatch Range and Collegiate Peaks.

-R

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