Just dreaming of trips to do and thought this would be a great "Four Corners Loop." I was wondering if anybody has done something like this before? That is, the northern New Mexico, South San Juan, Weminuche on the CDT. Finding a way over to Arches from, say, Silverton, CO, hasn't been figured out yet. Westbound on the Hayduke all the way to the Grand Canyon. Jump on the Arizona Trail down to the Grand Enchantment Trail back to the CDT in the Mogollon's in NM.
As for getting off the CDT near Silverton, I was thinking of hiking over towards Telluride, then heading northwest over the Uncompahgre Mesa to Gateway, CO. Then I'd jump in a packraft, do the lower Delores to the CO River all the way to Moab. I'd probably keep packrafting down the flatwater CO into Canyonlands and start hiking the HDT at Indian Creek.
For me, this route is still in it's infancy, so I haven't figured out any mileages or decided where to start, when to start, and which direction to go. I was thinking start in August at Cumbres Pass on the CDT and go north/counter-clockwise into fall on the HDT and end up down south by December?
Thoughts? Concerns? Condolences?
I'm sure all you neurotic adventurers have some thoughts about this. I wanna hear 'em!!!
"In the first place you can't see anything from a car; you've got to get out of the goddamned contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, over the sandstone and through the thornbush and cactus. When traces of blood begin to mark your trail you'll see something, maybe."