[cdt-l] To train for or celebrate hiking the CDT

Ginny & Jim Owen spiritbear2k at hotmail.com
Fri Mar 2 23:07:34 CST 2007

Sly wrote:
>Speaking of that....   has anyone an idea of when the best day to  leave
>Cumbres Pass or the canadian boder during "normal" snow years.  You  know
>something like "Ray Day"  (June 15th) on the PCT.
>Postholer has a sliding "Sierra Entry Indicator" for the PCT but nothing
>like that for the CDT.

Sly -
The traditional "Ray Day" for the south San Juans (Cumbres Pass) in a normal 
snow year is June 15th.

Best bet for leaving Waterton or Chief Mt in a normal snow year is the last 
week in June.  At one time, leaving Canada earlier wasn't an option because 
you couldn't get a permit for Glacier.  In 1999, permits were based on 
whether or not the outhouses at the various campsites were still buried in 
snow.  A lot of people leave earlier, around June 15, but snow and snow melt 
are likely to be a problem for the first two weeks. Bridges may not be up if 
you leave earlier.  Leaving around the 20-25th  is  better- but that does 
mean pushing hard to get through Colorado before the end of October.

Walk softly,

Jim & Ginny

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