In the summer of 2017, I hiked the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango. This was my first thru-hike, but a short one at only roughly 500 miles. I decided to do this hike kind of spur-of-the-moment but knew it would be a good trial run before committing to hiking Te Araroa. I hadn’t yet started my blog, so I don’t have daily posts of the hike. But I did make a nice presentation that I figured I would share here: Twig’s Colorado Trail Powerpoint Presentation
Hopefully someday I will back-post blogs summarizing each week. In the meantime, here are a few of my stats from the hike:
- Dates: July 13-August 12, 2017
- 31 days total, 3 Zero Days, 5 Half Days, 7 nights in town, 1 night in a yurt.
- Resupply: Breckenridge, Twin Lakes, Parents’ house (Salida, midway point), Creede/Lake City, Silverton.
- Climbed to the top of Mt Elbert, 2nd highest in Continental US (only 40’ shy of Mt Whitney, CA, off the PCT).
- Average Trail elevation : 10,000’
- Total elevation gained: 89,354’
- Highest Elevation on the trail: 13’271’
- Lowest Elevation: 5,522’ (Denver start)
- Baseweight of around 13lbs
- Longest food carry: 6 days
- 28 segments + 5 Collegiate West (didn’t hike segments 7 and 21 because of fire closure and logistical problems)
- Averaged 17 miles a day, 22 days over 15 miles, and 9 days over 20 miles
- Longest day: 24 miles, 2nd to last day
- Earliest Start time: 0530
- Completed Collegiate West a week after finishing the whole trail, +80 miles and one of the highlights of the trip
- No bears, moose, or elk seen the entire time. But did see Bighorn Sheep!
- Weight lost: 10 lbs