Planning a trip on the Colorado Trail can be daunting, particularly if you are new to backpacking like I was. I spent weeks learning about the Colorado Trail; figuring out how much of the trail to tackle at once; and testing options for food and gear. Now that I’ve done part of the trail, and backpacked for the first time, I’ve learned a ton! Here’s a step-by-step Colorado Trail planning guide for your own trip.
The amount of advice available on picking your base backpack weight is overwhelming. The absolute best way to decide is to go on lots of practice hikes with a full backpack, including every single thing you plan to carry. You’d be surprised how quickly the weight adds up!
July 5, 2017 – When morning came, I made a mental note to never turn up my nose at a night on a camp cot. I’d slept great. I took one look at my swollen ankle and thought Yep, I’m bailing out and heading home to Denver. Continue reading “Heading Home and Post-Hike Thoughts – Colorado Trail Day 5”
Colorado Trail Segment 3, July 4, 2017
Shinglemill Trail to Rolling Creek Trailhead, 10 miles
40.7 total miles
As usual, I was the last to wake up, around 8 a.m. I heard Michael quietly moving about, and hoped I hadn’t kept him waiting too long. We chatted while we ate cold breakfasts (since we’d both ditched our camp stoves) — me, cold oatmeal and coffee and him, a granola bar and a handful of peanuts. Continue reading “Trail Stank and A Slice of Heaven – Colorado Trail Day 4”