15-06-29.    Day 79.     Big Sandy Lodge – Mark Trail CDT

Hiking The Continental Divide Trail
Mark Trail CDT 2015

The food was still hanging in the tree since Moonwalker’s great hanging abilities. We started hiking the earliest yet at 6:15. I wonder if it was because we were planning to hike to Big Sandy Lodge.


The trail was up, down, and across. The trail was overgrown and sometimes hard to find. We were following the official CDT because it was a direct route closer to our destination. We have Jonathan Lay’s paper maps and Bear Creek way-points on our GPS. The route we are hiking is not on Lay’s maps so we are following the trail totally by GPS. It worked but was challenging and uncomfortable not having paper maps.


For the second day the mosquitoes have been relentless. Hopefully the season is short and we will survive.

The lightning cracked as we completed the thirteen mile hike to the lodge. Wes and  Natasha greeted us with welcoming smiles and showed us our cabin and where the bath house was. There is no phone, internet, or electricity but the shower was perfect. We did laundry

Big Sandy Lodge.  13 Miles

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