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Begins: Jun 25, 2016
Date: Thu, Jul 14th, 2016
Start: Lake City
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Day #20. In Lake City. Got in yesterday, decided I would take my second full zero day today. There isn't that much to do in LC, but that is good because my legs and feet need a recovery day. Even so, like my zero day in Salida, I will probably end up walking five to six miles around town, just to pass the time and appease the feeling of "Gotta be makin' miles!"
From Monarch Pass to Highway 114 (days #15 and 16), I had a hiking companion, which added a different flavor to the trip. In fact, we were talking so much we missed some critical water sources in some long, dry stretches! The second day we covered over 23 miles to hook up with their resupply.
Day 17 was spent hiking from Highway 114 to along Cochetopa Creek. Day 18 then went up over San Luis saddle and then San Luis Pass, ending up camping at timberline a few miles past the pass.
Even with all the beetle kill, I think the Cochetopa Creek basin all the way up to the San Luis saddle is a new favorite part of Colorado for me. Unfortunately, I did mot get to climb San Luis Peak, because I got to the saddle too late in the day. But that just gives me an excuse to come back to do it. I think I would try it from the Creede side (the pass) next time, because up Cochetopa Creek is a long way.
I got to see a moose cow and her calf that day, though, and that helped!
Day 19 was a "short" day, with "just" a 12+ miles walk to Highway 149 at Spring Creek Pass. I got there by 11:00, and by 12:00 was in Lake City. Could smell and see a haze from a forest fire while up above timberline, especially on Snow Mesa. The views were still spectacular, though. Now I know where all those calendar shots of the San Juans are taken.
Stayed the first night in a motel I shall not name, am spending tonight in a cabin. I already have a shuttle arranged for a ride back to the pass in the morning, and then it is on to Silverton!
Keeping it to a dull roar.