[cdt-l] Colorado Trail -- late start questions
dustpct at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 8 00:06:20 CDT 2006
I'm planning an early fall CT hike this year that would have
me on the trail when the aspens are turning. I've been to
Colorado before and generally, the aspens don't hit peak
until the third week of September. So I want to start as
late as I can without putting myself at serious risk of
getting trapped if there's an early snowfall up high.
1. How late do you think I reasonably can start, to catch
the turning aspens on the CT? I've hiked (postholed) in
snow before and don't mind it for a short while. If an
early September snowstorm hits, can you get down to lower
elevations safely if you don't mind trudging through
some cool sno?
2. I've been following the SNOTEL site and it looks like a
pretty severe drought has taken hold of Colorado this year.
How hard do you think it will be to find water? I have the
Data Book and am wondering if the "cup FULL" sources will be
reliable this year.
3. I'm looking to bring some "Rocky Mountain High" with me
and am wondering what type John Denver smoked and where he
Thanks folks. Your wise comments are welcome.
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