Day 12 – I Guess We’ll Leave Town

It was hard to get up the motivation to leave Breckenridge. Here we have a bed and fridge. Showers anytime you want. A roof instead of a tent for when it rains.

Not So Early Start

We decided to catch the second bus to Copper because the plan was only for 7 miles. At the end of 7 miles it is all above tree line for a good while. Our chances of getting up and over the passes before the storms roll in aren’t good.

Last time taking the bus out of Breckenridge

So we planned a short early day so we can hit above tree line first thing in the morning. Most importantly this also means we have time for mini donuts and coffee before hitting the trail.

Copper Mountain Resort

Copper Mountain Resort is such a weird juxtaposition. The trail and mountain is just the left and ever commercial fake thing possible. I paid $5 for a 1 oz travel bottle of lotion. (I actually added that and my moisturizer to my back). There is a manmade pond and beach with a zip line shooting over top. It’s restaurants and yoga classes with sound stages and a Subaru tent. Great if you are on vacation and want lots of stuff to keep you occupied- weird if you are hiking into the mountains.

It’s always a good day when there are Combos in your snack pouch.

Best Campsite Yet?

The advantage of knowing you are going to do a short day is that when an amazing campsite pops up, you don’t ignore it for the sake of getting more miles. The ‘bedroom’, ‘living room’, ‘kitchen’, and ‘yard’ are great enough on their own. But it’s the 180 degree view of 3 mountains that make hanging out here easy.

Trees to tuck our tent into with a perfectly flat space
A premium sitting log
Our own little private spring
A seemingly landscaped pond bordered by flowers
A view up to tomorrow’s pass
A view of Copper Mountain so close I think I could hike it
And a view down the meadow to where we came from

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