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City: Camden
State: ME
Country: USA
Begins: Aug 15, 2010
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sat, Aug 20th, 2011
Start: Segment 21, Mile 0 (San Luis Pass)
End: Segment 21, Mile 2.4
Daily Distance: 2.4
Trip Distance: 322.9

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Hiking up to San Luis Pass

Day 1 2011

Saturday, August 20th: Segment 21, mile 0-2.4 (2.4 miles plus another 1-2 on the Willow Creek Trail). Herb and I finish getting ready and drive to Creede where we will start, it is about a 5 hour drive from his home in Telluride. We get there in the afternoon, have a late lunch, stop at the store for a few last minute items, then drive up the forest service road 503 to the Willow Creek Trail. This was much rougher that I remembered it from last year, kudos to Jana for finding this obscure spot when she found me at the end of my hike last year. There is absolutely no mention of the Colorado Trail anywhere within 10 miles of this spot and the road was obscure to say the least. We started up the Willow Creek Trail at 4:30 and reached the Colorado Trail at 5:30. It was slow going, but the elevation wasn’t particularly bothersome which was a huge relief. We hiked almost until dark and found a nice campsite. This was only the third time I had set up my new tent (Mountain Laurel Design “Trailstar”) so that took a while to get it set up to my satisfaction. As we were setting up, 2 hobbled horses came hopping up the hill. Herb and I went out and caught them and the owners were close behind but VERY out of breath. Needless to say, they were very appreciative of our efforts. We finally got to bed around 9:30PM after eating some leftover cherry pie for dinner. 2.4 trail miles plus another 1-2 miles on the Willow Creek Trail.

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The Colorado Trail is a 486-mile long-distance trail running from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado, United States. Its highest point is 13,271-foot above sea level, and most of the trail is above 10,000-foot. Learn more:


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