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75-100 mile route suggestions for Colorado backpacking trip
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Mike Gerty
(michael.gerty) - F
75-100 mile route suggestions for Colorado backpacking trip on 08/02/2011 16:11:24 MDT Print View

Hi all, I have a few days off next week and I'm wondering if anyone has any route suggestions for a Colorado backpacking trip of approximately 75-100 miles. I'm going solo so a loop would obviously be awesome, but I'm totally fine with hitch-hiking if necessary. I've thru-hiked the Colorado Trail but haven't hiked any of the CDT (except the overlapping portions) so a CDT route could definitely work.

So, any suggestions?

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Colorado Trail segments on 08/02/2011 20:46:18 MDT Print View

Begin at Durango and go to segment 22 and the CT Yurt (110 mi.) then, as you face the CT yurt, to your left is the 5 mi. side trail into the woods called Camp Trail which leads down, down, down to the parking area (where you left your shuttle car?).

Drive 1 mile to Willow Nat'l. Forest camp and rest up for the day's drive/hitch hike. There's a private campground 1/4 mi. after turning right onto Rt. 40 going south toward Creede, where for $5. you can get a hot shower. If you're hitch hiking you'd better shower! (And stow yer aromatic trail clothes in a Ziploc deep in yer pack.)

BTW, I remembered there is a road crossing the CT about 30 mi. south of the CT yurt. But you'll miss a free night in the yurt.

Edited by Danepacker on 08/02/2011 20:52:44 MDT.