Colorado Trail – ’08

With limited funds available, I couldn’t afford 4 months on one of the really long trails, so I settled on the Colorado Trail in ’08.

Clocking in just under 500 miles, this trail is a well maintained gem that traverses some amazing Colorado mountains. The CT shares some routes with the CDT, so I felt like I was on a reunion tour at times. I started outside of Denver and meandered to Durango, where I was rewarded for my efforts with a free Colorado Trail Nut Brown Ale from the pub!

Totally worth it.

6 Replies to “Colorado Trail – ’08”

  1. I am a 67 year old teacher form Vero beach FL. (elev. 23′). I have done four hikes averaging abjout 50 miles on A.T. in Georgia. So I have a tab bit of experience. I waned to do a thru hike of some kind to see if I have what it takes to do a thru hike on the AT. So I decided on the CT because I could manage it and still be back in time for school and it’ 500 miles which schould test me. I am on CT trail journals. Anyway my basic four weighs 6 lbs. 12 oz. I think my pack will be about 13 lbs. 8 oz. and with food and water around 18 or 19 lbs. I am thinking about carrying a golite umbrella and I use hiking sticks. What are your thoughts on this and the fact that I have Maramont Rain Jacket and pants that weigh 27 oz.? How do you handle your food situation as I noticed you don’t carry a stove. How many calories do you eat per day? Right now I am doing 6,6 and 12 mile hikes with full pack once a week however it is on flat ground. I average about 3 mi. per hour. I would assume this will go down to 2 mi. per hr. on the trail. How consistent is cell phone reception as I would like to record my trip on CT. I realize everyone is different however your thoughts or any ideas on the trip would be appreciated. Curt Thornton (Harley)

  2. Carrying an umbrella is a great idea, and I always hike with one for both rain and sun protection. I’ve met hikers who rig up hands-free systems for their umbrella, allowing them to still use poles, but it seems like the wind often interferes and they resort to stashing their poles away and holding the umbrella in a free hand. Once you’re out on trail, you’ll develop a system that works best for you.

    27 ounces for a rain jacket and pants sounds like overkill. In my kit, I use a very lightweight jacket weighing under 9 ounces, and usually forgo any rain pants. I find myself sweating in them as I hike and getting my legs soaked from the inside. Wearing my rain jacket and deploying the umbrella when the skies open up works for me!

    I no longer cook my food, and instead have learned to soak it in a small plastic container for a few hours. Dehydrated foods like beans, lentils and noodles rehydrate well, and I like not having to fuss with cooking. My 2 cup Ziplok container has a screw on lid, so I plan ahead and soak my lunch/dinner a few hours before I plan on eating, and don’t have to burden myself with a stove or cookpot. I suggest looking online for dehydrated foods, or better yet, purchase a dehydrator and do it yourself! My no-cook food is the envy of others I meet on trail, and I’ve even converted a few diehard stove users. Heck, I used to be one myself!

    I’m not sure how many calories I eat, but I average about 2 lbs of food per day. And I have no idea of cellphone reception on the Colorado Trail, as I’ve never carried one on that route!

  3. Kolby Kirk shared on his FB about your third PCT hike… indeed you are a machine! He also shared the link to your website. Since I live in Colorado, I noticed you hiked CT in ’08. I am wondering if you are planning to hike on that trail again?

  4. I’ll probably be hiking the Continental Divide Trail for a third time this year, which brings me right through Colorado. Such a fantastic area!

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