JT Simmons

Heyo! My name is JT, and I thru-hiked the Colorado Trail in June and July 2023! I'm a current college student with a heart for nature, environmental issues, and good town food :) In the summers, I am now a mountain guide out of Twin Lakes, CO. I hope this record of my journey brings you joy and inspiration as you plan your own adventures. Have fun out there!

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Why YOU Should Hike the Colorado Trail Early Season

Why YOU Should Hike the Colorado Trail Early Season

First, A Prelude Climbing the Tenmile in snow (segment 7)I hiked the Colorado Trail from June 18-July 18, 2023, as an 18 year old, first time

May 27, 2024 : JT Simmons
Every Pizza on the Colorado Trail, Ranked

Every Pizza on the Colorado Trail, Ranked

Inspired by the hard, difficult work of previous thru-hikers, here I am with my review of pizza in every town along the Colorado Trail*. While others

May 27, 2024 : JT Simmons
At The End of it All?

At The End of it All?

Note: this is a very late update from my thru hike of the CT, June 18 to July 18, 2023. This is not intended to reflect current conditions for the

May 16, 2024 : JT Simmons
Note: This Landscape Isn’t Real

Note: This Landscape Isn’t Real

Note: this is a very late update from my thru hike of the CT, June 18 to July 18, 2023. This is not intended to reflect current conditions for the

May 13, 2024 : JT Simmons
The day I Became a Thru-Hiker

The day I Became a Thru-Hiker

Note: this is a very late update from my thru hike of the CT, June 18 to July 18, 2023. This is not intended to reflect current conditions for the

May 12, 2024 : JT Simmons
Getting Swept Away on the Colorado Trail

Getting Swept Away on the Colorado Trail

The morning sun rose to find me crouched next to a river, wet and cold. Hours before, me and Phoenix broke down camp in the Cochetopa Creek valley, and set off up the trail in the middle of the night. Our target for the day: San Luis Peak, a 14er. It was time to take on the San Juan Mountains.

Aug 2, 2023 : JT Simmons
Around and Around, with No Exit in Sight

Around and Around, with No Exit in Sight

After a long ride from a kind local, I stepped out on the top of the world: Monarch Crest. The summit of the pass was absolutely freezing cold and

Aug 1, 2023 : JT Simmons
My Head’s Not In It

My Head’s Not In It

It’s time to go again… Time to leave Twin Lakes...I’m learning that town is turning out to be unhelpful. Though it’s really fun to go into town

Jul 17, 2023 : JT Simmons
My First Bear Encounter on the CT

My First Bear Encounter on the CT

Being Vortexed Sucks (Day 10) I woke up the next day, the tenth wake-up on this crazy trail. I had a splitting headache and my skin was on fire from

Jul 16, 2023 : JT Simmons
The Struggle is Real

The Struggle is Real

"Is this really such a struggle?" I wondered as I hiked the next morning out of Copper Mountain. There was still frost on the ground, glittering like a thousand little snowflakes under each step, but I was warm and excited as I raced up the valley towards the mountains. Each bend in the trail held a new scene, a new wonder... I was headed to Searle Pass, and everything was awesome.

Jul 14, 2023 : JT Simmons