Day 13 – Most Beautiful Yet

This morning was a great morning. We only went 2 miles in 2 hours because of amazing views and abundant wildflowers.

Searle Pass

What I thought was a great view from our campsite became even better as we climbed up to the pass. Tucked in the last set of trees right by the creek is Janet’s Cabin. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to hike up and stay the night, getting to explore the passes all the next day. This amazing sight is just a day hike away from Copper Mountain Resort. I love how accessible some of the views are in Colorado.

Janet’s Cabin
Above grass line? Is that a thing?

Kokomo Pass

From Searle Pass to Kokomo (I know you just sung it in your head- I did out loud on the pass) it’s all above tree line. This was probably the nicest part yet. Like Georgia Pass, but for miles. Being above tree line is very special to someone from Maryland. We might have spots that are below sea level- but definitely not above tree line.

All Downhill – Literally

Screenshot from FarOut

Ok- so my notes read hot, hot, hot. It was a hot afternoon. My friend just gave me a great label for what the Colorado Trail does- weather whiplash.

Cataract Waterfall

It was so nice to be able to stop at this creek/waterfall. The temperature instantly dropped 10 degrees by the rushing creek and the water itself was freezing. I tried to put my feet in, but couldn’t stand longer than a few seconds.

Flat Camp Hale

So yeah, Camp Hale is flat. It’s an old training ground for the military complete with bunkers. But I was so worn out and hot- I honestly couldn’t take the extra steps to look. I’m sure you can google it if you want to see.

All I felt like I could do was collapse by the creek at the end of the Camp Hale section. Unfortunately there were never ending flies. I took a few prisoners.

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