Whoops.. Here is a long overdue post of my past hiking adventures! Sorry it took so long, and enjoy the blog post. ❤
I start the CDT on May 1st, and hopefully, I will find the time and energy to blog regularly while on trail. Or, maybe I can at least blog once per state? Hey, at least I am being realistic for a change. 😉 If you have any questions about any of these hikes that I didn’t address, feel free to ask away: Rayana@gmail.com
Colorado Trail (2015):
The Colorado Trail was a huge factor in deciding to settle in Colorado. I loved the idea of having a long-distance trail in my backyard. I saved up 2 weeks of vacation, and knocked out Durango to Twin Lakes in 1 shot. I spent the rest of my summer piecing the rest of the trail together. A huge “Thank You” to Will/Estero for all the shuttle rides. You made this hike possible for me, and I am so grateful for such a supportive boyfriend. 🙂
The Colorado Trail would be an awesome trail for a first thru-hike. It was easy to follow the trail, since it was so well-marked. I thought that the Colorado Trail had the best scenery, mile for mile, of any trail. It was a great way to spend my first summer in Colorado. I kept thinking “This is the reason I moved to Colorado!” and “Shit, Why can’t I breathe up here?”
The only “con” for me was that I was really lonely from Salida to Denver. I was surprised that I spent so much time alone in those sections, and I really hated camping alone. Even after all my thru-hikes, I’m still a little scared to camp alone. Eventually, I was so tired, that I stopped caring, and just listening to the elk calls at night, and passed out.
Wonderland Trail (2016):
The Wonderland Trail was a total last minute idea. In 2016, a computer glitch in the reservation system left the Wonderland Trail as a free-for-all. The entire trail was a first-come-first-serve system. Yes!!! No Brainer! Time to go hiking! I booked a flight to Portland and got a ride to Mt Rainier National Park with my older brother, Gabriel. I was lucky to get a permit, but it started at a different entry point… and I only hiked 5 miles of trail in the first 2 days. Oh well.
I didn’t care. I enjoyed a slow start, and then hiked the rest of the trail in 5 days. It was a ton of fun, but I made a mistake in shoe selection by going too light, and my arches fell. As a result, I ended up with painful shin splints.
Just goes to show that even a “short” trail can kick your butt!
San Diego Trans-County Trail (2017):
A few months ago, I joined a group of hikers to hike the San Diego Trail-County Trail. It was so fun to be among “hiker trash” again, but we got hit with lots of rain and cold weather. The group ended up splintering into smaller groups due to weather, and that was a little disappointing. Maybe I’ll give it a shot next year and hope for better weather? At one point, it was just down to 4 crazy hikers bushwhacking our way up a mountain. It was fun, and I’m glad at least some hikers wanted to suffer with me 😉
I should mention, it’s more like a route, than an actual trail. It was a mixture of following GPS tracks near Salton Sea, hiking the California Hiking and Riding Trail, skirting trails and green belts around San Diego, small amount of road walks and one really annoying bushwhack/trespass (?) up El Cajon Mountain.
If you are interested in this trail, please check out this facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/542292329178926/
It was raining too much, so I ditched my camera on this hike. A lot of these photos are from other hikers. I probably won’t go that ultralight in the future. Photos are what help me remember my hikes, and ditching a camera isn’t worth it, to me.