[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
>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.
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.
Jim & Ginny
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