This post first appeared on The Trek on August 22, 2022. If you’re hiking southbound on the Colorado Trail, as most people do, just past Twin Lakes Village, you reach the revered Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Here, you have two choices. March on into the wilderness via the official CT route – the Collegiate East –Continue reading “Into the Collegiate West we go (on the Colorado Trail)”
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Six tips for hiking the first quarter of the Colorado Trail
This post first appeared on The Trek on August 20, 2022. One aspect of trail life that I love so much is that the learning curve is so steep. You hop on a trail and a week later you’ve already learned so much! This holds true for the Colorado Trail, which I am currently thru-hiking.Continue reading “Six tips for hiking the first quarter of the Colorado Trail”
A swimming bear, shooting stars, and a 10 by 10: Colorado Trail thru-hike days one through three
This post first appeared on The Trek on August 10, 2022. The beginning of my Colorado Trail thru-hike didn’t exactly go off without a hitch. As I mentioned in my preparation posts, my friends Ibex and Dori, both of whom were a part of my Appalachian Trail tramily, are joining me for this adventure. IContinue reading “A swimming bear, shooting stars, and a 10 by 10: Colorado Trail thru-hike days one through three”
Six ways I’m preparing for my Colorado Trail thru-hike
This post was first published on The Trek on July 27, 2022. I ditched Washington, DC, for the Appalachian Trail (AT) and then Colorado over four years ago, but the Type A habits I picked up there live on. While I certainly can fly by the seat of pants, I typically don’t. The truth is,Continue reading “Six ways I’m preparing for my Colorado Trail thru-hike”
Six Reasons I’m Thru-Hiking the Colorado Trail This Summer
This post was first published on TheTrek.co on July 20, 2022. After dreaming about and planning for my upcoming Colorado Trail thru-hike for the last six months, the countdown is on. I’m a mere two weeks away from my start date, and I am so ready! I’ve spent the last few weeks training, researching townContinue reading “Six Reasons I’m Thru-Hiking the Colorado Trail This Summer”
Appalachian Trail memories surface as Colorado Trail thru-hike draws near
This post first appeared on TheTrek.co on July 17, 2022. As my Colorado Trail (CT) thru-hike start date approaches, I find myself looking in the rearview mirror at how profoundly my 2018 Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hike changed my life. Whenever I think of my trek, the Lord Huron song, “Meet Me in the Woods” comesContinue reading “Appalachian Trail memories surface as Colorado Trail thru-hike draws near”
How to backpack Colorado’s Cross Creek to Fall Creek Loop in the Holy Cross Wilderness
Ever since hiking the Missouri and Fancy Lakes loop earlier this summer (which was incredible!), I’ve been wanting to get back to the Holy Cross Wilderness to explore more. Well, last month, my friends got kicked off the Pacific Crest Trail due to wildfires and took a last-minute flight out to Colorado to visit, soContinue reading “How to backpack Colorado’s Cross Creek to Fall Creek Loop in the Holy Cross Wilderness”
How to backpack to Aspen, Colorado’s Conundrum Hot Springs
Have you ever hiked to a natural hot spring, soaking your sore muscles in a natural hot tub on a mountainside while enjoying the view of the valley below? If not, I cannot recommend Conundrum Hot Springs near Aspen, Colorado enough! The trail is gorgeous, with views for days, dreamy aspen forests, and abundant wildflowers in the summer months, and come on, who doesn’t want to end their hike in a natural hot spring?! 10/10 would definitely recommend adding this to your bucket list!
Virginia: Another State Down and More to Love
Virginia is an incredible state on the Appalachian Trail. Wild ponies, wildflowers, swimming holes, and microbreweries await your arrival! It’s not flat though, no matter what anyone may tell you!
11 Photos That Will Make You Want to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail
In 2018, I quit my job in Washington, D.C., gave up my apartment, said goodbye to all my friends, and hopped onto the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Georgia, heading north. The next six months, scrambling up and over mountains with a heavy pack on my back, were rewarding beyond words. I’m here to say that if you’re considering visiting the AT, whether it’s for a few days or a few months, you should do it. These photos will explain why.