15-08-07.     Day 118.     Three Passes – Mark Trail CDT

Hiking The Continental Divide Trail
Mark Trail CDT 2015

It was a special campsite, next to a high mountain lake at the base of towering mountains. The morning glow was illuminating the range. I paused for a few moments trying to take it ALL in and not to make miles… Warren Lake was picture perfect.   P1040820

The banana I carried was delicious. Fresh fruit while not a staple in a ultra lights pack was a great way to start the day.

As I looked at the maps for the day there were three major climbs. Cutaway Pass, Rainbow Pass, and Goat Flats to Storm Lake Pass. It was the last of the Pintler-Anaconda range. Strenuous hiking along with breathtaking views.    P1040847 20150807_171247When I arrived to Storm lake it was 4:30 pm. Planning to arrive in Anaconda Sunday morning I was hiking to fast. Bummer hugh..?

The end of the lake the trail came to was nice. The other end had road access. I decided to stay and rest my legs.P1040907 It was Friday night and a mistake to camp near road access. The party boys stayed up all night. All night…..At 4:30 am the talking from the other end of the lake ceased…. Really?

I tried to sleep but unsettled.

Storm Lake  19 Miles

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