CDT: Pagosa Springs, CO to Twin Lakes, CO

I sat in my hotel room in Pagosa Springs with my CDT maps spread across the bed. My eyes followed the thin, red line of the CDT. I heard rumors that the trail ahead would be easier and less sketchy, but I wanted to see what clues my maps would reveal to me. How bad did this look? Did I really want to be up there again in snow?  Sometimes, I could tell the trail would be safe, like sections where the trail followed a high plateau. But then my eyes would focus on sections where the trail followed next to a steep cliff. I tried to imagine what it would be like… Would it be dangerous again?

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I asked myself:

.          Did you enjoy the CDT in the last section?

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Almost immediately, my legs started to shake in fear. The answer was painfully clear.

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I stopped looking at the maps. I already had my answer.. It was time to follow a lower, safer route through Colorado. I would be safer and much happier following the alternate trail at lower elevation.

It ended up being a really enjoyable section for me. But, it was so quiet out there. I only saw 2 CDT hikers, on trail, between Creede and Twin Lakes.   I tried to embrace the alone time. I don’t have to be surrounded by people for the entire trail. So I did my own thing, slept in, hiked late, and ran into plenty of moose along the way. I was safe, and I still had a continuous footpath.

I was happy.

I made it to Twin Lakes last Sunday, and Will came to pick me up. I decided to take a week off trail, so I could wait for my friends to catch up to me. It’s been nice to rest at home, and I have been eating so well this week!

I am excited about heading back to Twin Lakes soon, and hopefully, I will see more than 2 hikers in my next section.    🙂

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4 thoughts on “CDT: Pagosa Springs, CO to Twin Lakes, CO

  1. Keep going, Acorn! I love your posts and I’m cheering you on all the way to Canada. You’re amazing! Living vicariously through. Love, Bearclaw

  2. Ha! I saw that bear… This is YOUR shot, your chance to do the Triple Crown. I’ve always thought the CDT had the most amazing views. Perhaps you could tell us what a super-experienced through-hiker packs.. I hope to do a 90 miler here in the ADK next summer.

  3. These images are very nice and good to see. You guys have lot of fun on your vocations. Keep updating more similar posts.

  4. I like all the images you have posted, you have done a great job. I have read the article which you have written, i found it very informative and good to read.

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