15-06-30 Day 80 Cirque Of The Towers – Mark Trail CDT

Hiking The Continental Divide Trail
Mark Trail CDT 2015

I slept in since the coffee wasn’t going to be ready till 7:00 am. We ate breakfast with Stan and Wes as we went over the route through the Cirque. “There might be snow”… Oh boy, here we go again.

We packed up six days of food and fresh fuel canisters. A large one can last ten days boiling water for two breakfast and dinner. Since we were not carrying three liters of water, the pack weight felt good.




We packed out at 10:30 am and climbed 500 ft to Big Sandy Lake where we sat next to the lake and had lunch. We then climbed up to  10,800 ft to Jackass Pass. The views were breathtaking. Literally. .. I was gasping and loving it all the way.

We then dropped down to a campsite on the side of the mountain overlooking Lonesome Lake. We set up the tent since the mosquitoes were thick and as we were making dinner, dark clouds rolled over with a few booms and drops of rain. At 8:00 pm I was fast asleep dreaming of hiking up Texas Pass in the snow.


Near Lonesome Lake.   9 Miles

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