Summer of 2000
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Early morning atop the Tenmile Range. There just can't be a more beautiful place on the planet! The trail was a lettle bit scattered on the ridge but the rock cairns kept me on track.
Hiking across the tundra of Tenmile Range toward the treeline.
From my journal (July 6th;Day-8)..."Coming down from the Tenmile Range this morning was a great experience, especially as I climbed up the remaining elevation on the east side where the early morning sun helped to keep me warm. Down in the meadows near treeline I watched about 12 elk grazing and then moving away from me. The mountains and the flowers were all so beautiful and overwhelming that my eyes suddenly swelled as I gazed out at the natural beauty around me and I was overcome by the presence of God. It was moments like this that I fully understood why I had chose to come here."
|This is the post office in Copper Mountain Resort which was quite upscale and flashy. Copper Mountain is the only community where the Colorado Trail actually goes directly through a town. I spent about an hour under a shade tree on the lush green lawn out front of the post office re-sorting and packing my maildrop. I then visited the community grocery store for things like cheese, bread, snacks, etc. The store owner gave me several free doughnuts which I gulped down with a quart of milk!.|
|Just a couple of miles out of Copper Mountain the trail goes directly under the busy Interstate I-70 and begins a gradual ascent up the gorgeous Guller Creek valley to above treeline at Searle Pass.|
|There were several creek crossings along Guller Creek with some tipsy logs but I made it over them okay. It was a hot and sunny day hiking mostly in the open, so it was nice having the creek nearby all afternoon plus several small cold streams intersecting the trail..|
There were several remnants of old log cabins in the valley that all got a close inspection from me! I made my camp just above treeline at the head of Guller Creek and about two miles from Searle Pass.
July 7, 2000
|That's Searle Pass directly behind this hiker who I met early in the morning. He had quite a fiesty pack dog which was anxious to move on just as fast as he could!|
A couple of miles from the Pass I found a nice mountain top lake just off the trail. My forward progress through this early morning tundra was quite slow with so much to absorb and to see, but I had to keep moving if I didn't want to run out of food before my next maildrop!
Somewhere along the tundra I met this fiesty groundhog which just couldn't stop whistling at me!
|... and I know exactly where he went when I got too close!.|
From here I descended into the abandoned Camp Hale area which was built during WWII as a training base of the 10th Mountain Division. It was mostly a long hot walk, then up to Tennessee Pass where I met another Trail Crew. From here I hiked on to a wooded campsite near West Tennessee Creek.
July 8, 2000
|The Holy Cross Wilderness area came up first this morning.|
|While ascending out of the valley in Holy Cross, I suddenly saw this amazing spruce tree towering high above all. Look at the top section of the tree and see if you see a cross with perhaps Jesus nailed to it! Well, that's what I saw!.|