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City: Canon City
State: Colorado
Country: USA
Begins: Aug 17, 2016
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Aug 17th, 2016
Start: Spring Creek Pass

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 113
Journal Visits: 952
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Last night, I camped inside for once. I'd driven my F250 with it's little pop up camper to Spring Creek Pass, where I'd planned on hiking out immediately, and getting in a few miles before dark. When I got to the pass, there were cold, bedraggled CT hikers coming down from the hills above. Instead of hiking, I played trail angel and shuttled them down to town. By the time I got back to the pass, it was drizzling rain, cold, and windy. I set up camp in the back of my truck and watched the rain drip down the windows.

This morning, I locked up and left Spring Creek Pass under skies that still dripped rain. I'd hiked this section of the CDT two years ago, when I hiked the Colorado Trail, which shares the trail for a couple hundred miles through the Rockies. It was nice to see the familiar views and talk to the same marmots and pikas. There were a bunch of hikers throughout the day, mostly CT or section hikers, and a couple of bicyclists. It was cold all day, and I wore my jacket and leggings throughout the day. I passed by the CT high point in early afternoon, ducking through hail and lightning. The storm didn't get too bad until I reached the same campsite I'd had in 2014, overlooking the beautiful valley with moose. I decided to stop there again, and watched the rain come down in sheets, just like it had the last time.

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The Continental Divide Trail is a national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada via New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. This unfinished trail can potentially span up to 3,100 miles. Learn more: www.continentaldividetrail.org

 

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