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Jerry & Cheryl
City: Seattle
State: WA
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 2, 2016
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Start: Little Browns Creek
End: Hwy-50 to Salida
Daily Distance: 13.8
Trip Distance: 253.5
Min Elevation: 8861
Max Elevation: 10050

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 886
Journal Visits: 4,951
Guestbook Views: 59
Guestbook Entrys: 9

Colorado Trail Map

Salida and the End of the Trail this year

We rose early in order to get to town in the early afternoon. As with most days the trail begins with a climb. There are many creeks and campsites in the next few miles. The sky is blue and the air is cool with more great vistas. We passed the trail to Mt. Shavano and had our first wild animal sighting in many days, it was a black cow. The trail wound around Mt. Shavano before heading down to the Angel of Shavano THD. We passed another large church group heading up to setup their high camp for a summit climb in a couple days. At the trail head there was a large party of Boy Scouts from Kansas City doing projects for the Forest Service. The skies turned gray and threatening as we climbed up one of the few trails with many switchbacks, at the top of the ridge we entered more dark woods. It started to rain but only for a short time. As we finally started down towards Hwy-50 we saw our first moose hiding in the Aspens. The trail finally crested the hill and wound down to the highway. As is common with the roads we are crossing the speed limit on these roads does not make hitchhiking easy. After many cars passed a young couple from Salida stopped and gave a us a ride into Salida.

The town of Salida is very spread out, with the old portion a mile away from Hwy-50. We found a hotel and nearby Mexican Restaurant, as would have it, it was on the end of town. We are 5 days ahead of schedule for our return flight and wanted to explore the area but there are no rental cars available. After a good nights sleep we decided to return to the Denver area via the daily bus and rent a car to do some exploring.

We were unable to complete the Colorado Trail this year due to a scheduling issue but have finished 250 miles, our plan is to return next year for the remainder. We will be adding photos to our journal shortly.

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Colorado Trail - 2016

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