[Cdt-l] Couple of questions

R Smith ronyon at comcast.net
Sun Oct 6 01:23:02 CDT 2013

I second Frisco. You don't even need to rent a car as there is a shuttle
that goes directly to/from the Denver airport. There are also local shuttles
between Frisco, Silverthorne, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, etc. Or rent
bicycles and take the bike paths. My wife and I had a great time there, lots
of good restaurants.



From: cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
On Behalf Of Scott Williams
Sent: Saturday, October 05, 2013 10:34 PM
To: David Thibault
Cc: cdt-l at backcountry.net
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] Couple of questions


My wife met me in Frisco and we stayed in a great place in Breckenridge for
four days and had a blast.  Took a day trip to Rocky Mtn NP and did some
good eating at the wonderful restaurants.  She had flown into Denver and
rented a car.  We rented a small ski condo from an individual and it proved
to be a nice place to stay as we could cook some of our meals.  


As for road walking, there are many hundreds of miles of road walking on the
CDT, but most of it is on dirt roads, not paved.  I hope you're problem is
only with paved roads, because the dirt roads are the CDT in many places and
for lots and lots of miles.  Some of the long paved road sections are coming
into Rawlins (part of this can be skirted on trail, but it was too hot and
dry for us to want to do it when we reached this section), going around the
terrible blow downs just before Grand Lake and just before Silver City.  The
paved sections of each of these is between 10 and 20 miles.  Shorter paved
sections are into Anaconda (if you do the Anaconda cut) Grants, Cuba, and
Frisco (paved bike path).  There are others, but these few come to mind. 


If you include the dirt and paved sections I've heard many describe the CDT
as roughly 1,000 miles of trail, 1,000 miles of dirt roads and a 1,000 miles
of cross country.  This is probably too simplistic, and maybe not accurate
at all, but with all the miles on roads of one kind or another, it felt
pretty accurate.




On Sat, Oct 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM, David Thibault <dthibaul07 at gmail.com> wrote:

Couple of questions about the trail.  

My wife might meet me somewhere along the trail for a couple of days -
halfway-to 2/3's ish (not hiking just in a trail town).  Any
recommendations.  She would have to fly in and maybe get a rental car.
Things to consider are easy for her to get to and an interesting place to

I was thinking of starting at Crazy Cook - is there currently a way to get a
ride there anymore now that Sam has passed away?

Lastly I really am not a huge fan of road walks, how much road walking is
there that is not really avoidable?   I have the Ley maps and will be making
route changes as I go.   I always chose trail over road.  I am just trying
to get a mental framework on the amount of road walking so it doesn't
surprise me.




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