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Nate
City: Denver
State: CO
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 12, 2012
Direction: Westbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Mar 8th, 2012
Start: Waterton Canyon
End: Junction Creek Trailhead

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 398
Journal Visits: 5,506
Guestbook Views: 134
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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Rough Draft Plan

I've read The Colorado Trail, Eighth Edition and Yogi's Colorado Trail Handbook. I've also pretty much exhausted the internet researching the Colorado Trail. Now, it's time to get serious. I've made up a rough draft for our hiking plan. I'm not quite sure how accurate this will be. We've not had a chance to hike much flat or "easy" terrain, we only have a lot of experience climbing 14er's, so I'm not quite sure how many miles per day we would likely cover. For now, we've got a start date of July 1st, 2012. We are also planning to climb most of the 14ers nearby the trail, so extra time and detours are added.

Day:      Distance:      Segment:      Description:
1           16.8 miles    1                  Waterton Canyon Trailhead to South Platte Canyon
2           11.5             2                  South Platte Canyon to Little Scraggy Trailhead
3           12.2             3                  Little Scraggy Trailhead to Forest Service Road 560 (Wellington Lake Road) Trailhead
4           16.6             4                  Forest Service Road 560 (Wellington Lake Road) Trailhead to Long Gulch
5           15.1             5                  Long Gulch to Kenosha Pass
6           16.4             6                  Kenosha Pass to Middle of Segment 6
7           16.5             6                  Middle of Segment 6 to Gold Hill Trailhead
8           0                  -                  Zero Day in Frisco / Resupply
9           12.8             7                  Gold Hill Trailhead to Copper Mountain
10          12.7             8                  Copper Mountain to Middle of Segment 8
11          12.7             8                  Middle of Segment 8 to Tennessee Pass
12          13.6             9                  Tennessee Pass to Timberline Lake Trailhead
13          13.6             10                 Timberline Lake Trailhead to Mount Massive Trailhead
14          9                  -                  Climb Mount Massive via East Slopes
15          0                  -                  Zero Day in Leadville / Resupply
16          9                  -                  Climb Mount Elbert via Northeast Ridge
17          14.7             11(partial)   Mount Massive Trailhead to Colorado Road 82, then follow road off Colorado Trail through Twin Lakes over Hope Pass
18          11                 -                  Hope Pass to Missouri Gulch Trailhead, then climb Missouri Mountain
19          11                 12                 Climb Mount Belford and Mount Oxford, down to follow Pine Creek, then Middle of Segment 12
20          9                  12                 Middle of Segment 12 to North Cottenwood Creek Trailhead
21          0                  -                  Zero Day in Buena Vista / Resupply
22          9                  13                 North Cottenwood Creek Trailhead, climb Mount Yale, to Quarter way into Segment 13
23          17                 13                 Quarter way into Segment 13 to Chalk Creek Trailhead
24          16                 14                 Chalk Creek Trailhead to Part way up Mount Shavano
25          15                 14                 Climb Mount Shavano, then Tabeguache Peak, then down to Colorado Highway 50
26          0                  -                  Zero Day in Poncha Springs / Salida
27          14.3             15                 Colorado Highway 50 to Marshall Pass
28          15.2             16                 Marshall Pass to Sargents Mesa
29          17                 17                 Sargents Mesa to almost Colorado Highway 114
30          17                 17/18              Colorado Highway 114 to Saguache Park Road
31          13.7             19                 Saguache Park Road to Eddiesville Trailhead
32          12.7             20                 Eddiesville Trailhead to San Luis Pass
33          10                 -                  San Luis Pass to Creede / Resupply
34          12.5             21                 Creede to Middle of Segment 21
35          12.5             21                 Middle of Segment 21 to Spring Creek Pass
36          17.2             22                 Spring Creek Pass to Carson Saddle
37          15.9             23                 Carson Saddle to Stony Pass
38          16                 24                 Stony Pass to Three Quarter way into Segment 24
39          4.2                 24                 Three Quarter way into Segment 24 to Mola Pass, Resupply in Silverton
40          10.5             25                 Molas Pass to Middle of Segment 25
41          10.4             25                 Middle of Segment 25 to Bolam Pass Road
42          15                 26/27              Bolan Pass Road to Hotel Draw Road to Quarter way into Segment 27
43          16                 27                 Quarter way into Segment 27 to Kennebec Trailhead
44          10.3             28                 Kennebec Trailhead to Middle of Segment 28
45          10.2             28                 Middle of Segment 28 to Junction Creek Trailhead, End in Durango, CO

Total: ~543 Miles

For simplicity, each day is planned to start or end at the trailhead of a segment, but that likely won't be the actual plan.

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