15-09-24 Day 165 Choo Choo – Mark Trail CDT Blog
Hiking The Continental Divide Trail
Mark Trail CDT 2015
When I went to fill the pot for coffer the Sawyer filter was frozen solid. I guess it really was cold last night at 11,800 ft. No wonder I had to get up during the night and eat to produce some heat. The sloshing of ice in my water bottles entertained me as I hiked.
I hiked up to an abandoned alpine train tunnel then dropped down to the RR bed. It ran all the way to Hancock and I never saw Hancock……
What’s goes down, must go up so I began to climb again from 11,000 to 12,200 ft. at Caulk Creek Pass. The trail ran the divide to Monarch Pass.. I hiked through the ski resort and it made me think of Wintergreen where I have taught skiing the past two seasons. It was another amazing day…. The weather and trail was great….
I arrived at Monarch Pass it was 6:00 pm and I had at least six miles to go. Either hike late and complete the hike on Saturday ….OR…. stop early…Humm…. and finish Sunday. I chose to hike. Tough decisions….
The sun set and I night hiked till 9:30 pm the moon was out and it was dreamy. Forty miles to go…..
On the Divide. Past to CT and CDT split. 30 Miles
Saw First Mt Goats with Fred. YEA
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