I didn’t sleep very well last night. The spot I set up on wasn’t very flat, as a result I slipped off my sleeping pad all night. It was also really cold again. Around 3:30 I was incredibly chilled. At 5am I woke up to see a bright light coming towards me really fast. I was understandably confused as it got closer. It took my sleep befuddled brain longer than it should have to figure out that it was somebody trail running. After that I just waited for my 5:45am alarm to go off. It was cold again this morning as I started hiking out of camp. This was the second time this trail I started off wearing my rain jacket as an extra layer against the cold. I knew today was going to be physically challenging. I had quite a bit of elevation change over the course of the day. I was just happy I didn’t have any huge descents like yesterday or the day before. What I didn’t count on was how rocky the trail was. It reminded me of hiking the Appalachian Trail through Pennsylvania.
Rocky start to the day
Prime moose territory
Awesome lake I had second breakfast at
Holy Cross Wilderness
Nice easy water source
I cruised up 1,100ft climbs and struggled down 1,100ft descents. My feet, legs, and knees were screaming in protest. I hit the Mt. Massive trail around 6 o’clock. I had pretty much decided I was going to hike it tomorrow. What I didn’t take into consideration was that today was Saturday. Every single possible camping spot in the area was taken. The only possible spot I could have camped on was close to a guy and his large dog. I asked him if he minded that I camped close to him. I was told that his dog wasn’t very social and I was taking the risk of being bitten because he wouldn’t keep him tied up all night. Okay, I guess I wasn’t camping close to the trail. I found another spot about half a mile down the CT. As I was trying to decide what to do I spoke with several people who had just summited Mt. Massive. They said the smoke was really bad and they didn’t really have a view. That sealed the deal for me. I decided to skip Massive and hike down to the trailhead. I am very grateful for the flexibility I learned on the CDT. My original resupply plan called for me to hitch from the Mt. Massive Trail head into the town of Leadville. I arrived at the trailhead at 7:15pm. It was a 45 minute drive to Leadville. I decided not to bother hitching tonight. I didn’t see the point of getting into town late at night. Hitching tomorrow morning would be problematic because most people don’t leave this area for Leadville until late afternoon. I discovered I was only 10 miles from the town of Twin Lakes. I could hitch into Leadville from there. Problem solved, by going into Leadville from Twin Lakes my next food carry would be 10 miles shorter. Win- win situation.
Mt. Massive TH
Rodent hang of my food bag
"Unfortunately, we can never truly know if we're making the right decision. What we do know is that wherever we are, that's where the Light wants us to be. It's the best place for us to be now. And as long as we don't try to control the situation, then we won't end up in the place we shouldn't be."