15-09-12. Day 153. Parkview Mt – Mark Trail CDT

Hiking The Continental Divide Trail
Mark Trail CDT 2015

The Elk were calling, (For Help), all night long. It is and was a beautiful sound. I awoke at 5:30 am and started boiling water as the sky changed colors….IMG_9792

IMG_9821  I watched the sun rise as I hiked along poison ridge. I had no trouble crossing Troublesome Pass. Then hiked around Haystack. When I reached the ridge again, I had lunch. Grit walked up and we climbed Parkview Mountain, 12,400 ft, as White Face and Patch followed. It was the biggest climb for me since the Winds in Wyoming. I haven’t had a day off to rest my legs since I restarted at Rawlins, WY.

Grit and I worked our way down the 3,000 ft to highway 125, Cottonwood Pass. There we had our happy hour taking a much needed break.

20150912_102748I texted Bront as we hiked out of the pass. Hopefully we will meet tomorrow somewhere North of Grand Lake on the CDT. I am thirteen miles north of Hwy 34 and when he gets at the trail head he will hike north till we meet….Great. Bront is my Supply person, sending maps and food…. So excited.

Near the top of Trout Creek    21.5 Miles

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