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Author: 16CO
Date: 19 Sep 2007 3:29:53 AM
Activity: Backpacking
State: Colorado (CO)
Distance: 28.07 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 71083 ft
Total Loss: 52957 ft
Net Change: 18126 ft
Difficulty: 8 / 10
Tags: Colorado, Pagosa Springs
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

This section of the CDT falls primarily within the Weminuche Wilderness which is under the jurisdiction of both the Rio Grande and San Juan National Forests. As with most sections of the CDT, this trip resembles a roller-coaster ride, climbing up passes and dropping down through valleys, with elevations ranging between 10,600 and 12,600 ft. The scenery is breathtaking and ever-changing with a mix of deep, green forests; vast meadows with meandering streams; barren, exposed ridges; and tundra-like terrain at the higher elevations. Highlights of a trip along this section of the CDT would likely include watching a brilliant sunrise or sunset at Ute Lake; taking postcard photos at Nebo Pass of the majestic peaks and Nebo Lake below; marveling at geological formations such as The Window and Rio Grande Pyramid; being humbled by the power and intensity of a summer thunderstorm; and, if lucky, catching sight of an elk, moose, or black bear. On the practical side, water is available within reasonable distances all along the route late into the summer. Consider bringing a bear canister for food storage as hanging or stashing food is often difficult or impossible with so much of the route above tree line. Although bears may come into camp, the primary concern may be protecting one's food from smaller animals, such as marmots or squirrels. Thunderstorms are frequent and ferocious throughout the summer and present a serious risk if one is caught on a high pass or on one of the barren and exposed ridges running between the Beartown area and Stony Pass. Be sure to plan daily mileages so as to be off of these ridges and high points by afternoon. This trip can be done as a shuttle trip by making use of an old pack mule and stagecoach road that runs from Stony Pass to Rio Grande Reservoir. Some cautionary notes: the road is designated as a recreational 4WD road, but there are sections that are so rocky and rutted that it is advisable to have a vehicle equipped for off-road use. Because of the heavy recreational use, there is sometimes a surprising amount of traffic on the road which makes negotiating narrow sections and blind curves a greater challenge. If possible, plan to do your shuttling on a weekday morning to hopefully avoid the traffic jams. One final note, Timber Hill and Pole Creek may be impassable after significant rainfall, due to slippery road conditions and high water. Check with the local Ranger Station or Sheriff's Dept. for current road reports.

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Points of Interest

"Camp Confusion"

Location: 37.773983, -107.555626
"Camp Confusion." CDT undergoing a reroute in this area with multiple trails and inaccurate signage.

"Camp Confusion"

Location: 37.773987, -107.555832
Team members contemplate possible routes at "Camp Confusion." Team had planned to hike out before dark, but were forced to camp for the night due to confusion about CDT route. Unanimous vote that the name "Camp Confusion" should be permanent. Photo by Pam Johns.

"Camp Confusion"

Location: 37.773911, -107.555679
CDT undergoing a reroute in this area with multiple trails and inaccurate signage. Photo by Randy Kern.

Beartown Road Junction

Location: 37.712318, -107.518013
Wilderness sign at junction of CDT and Beartown Road. Photo by Pam Johns.

Beaver Pond

Location: 37.670872, -107.351318
Beaver Pond alongside CDT near Rincon La Vaca.

Beaver Pond

Location: 37.670971, -107.351440
Beaver pond alongside CDT. Photo by Randy Kern.

Cabin

Location: 37.793690, -107.546974
Remains of cabin alongside CDT at Stony Pass.

Cabin at Stony Pass

Location: 37.793659, -107.547005
Remains of cabin alongside trail near junction of CDT with 4WD road from Silverton to Rio Grande Reservoir which was originally a pack mule and stagecoach route. Photo by Pam Johns.

Cabin in Mining Area

Location: 37.720581, -107.526283
Old deserted cabin in mining area with obvious mine tailings. Photo by Pam Johns.

Cairn

Location: 37.731152, -107.541855
Cairn with faded wooden sign alongside CDT.

Cairn

Location: 37.786030, -107.548515
Cairn near Stony Pass.

Cairn

Location: 37.785954, -107.548508
Cairn with faded sign just east of trail near Stony Pass. Photo by Pam Johns.

Cairn

Location: 37.747707, -107.553825
Large cairn alongside trail.

Campsite

Location: 37.645050, -107.457695
Campsite above Middle Ute Creek drainage.

Campsite

Location: 37.685970, -107.520645
Campsite along Nebo Creek just below junction of CDT and Vallecito Trail. Good source of water late into summer. Photo by Pam Johns.

Campsite

Location: 37.645103, -107.457741
Campsite just above Middle Ute Creek drainage. Photo by Pam Johns.

CDT Junction

Location: 37.668995, -107.335014
CDT marker which appears to be the junction of the CDT with the Weminuche Creek Trail, contrary to descriptions in the "Official Guide to the Colorado CDT" which places this marker right next to the Raber Lohr Ditch. The CDT is poorly signed in this area and the route can be difficult to determine due to several intersecting trails. Rincon La Vaca runs close to this point and is a good source of water.

CDT Marker

Location: 37.713139, -107.516907
CDT marker northeast of junction with Beartown Rd. Photo by Pam Johns.

CDT Marker

Location: 37.649883, -107.461906
CDT marker at Middle Ute Creek crossing. Good source of water late into summer.

CDT Marker

Location: 37.649967, -107.461990
CDT marker at crossing of Middle Ute Creek. Photo by Pam Johns.

CDT Marker

Location: 37.647224, -107.460052
CDT marker above Middle Ute Creek

CDT Marker

Location: 37.713100, -107.516953
CDT marker northeast of junction with Beartown Rd.

CDT Marker

Location: 37.647232, -107.460091
CDT marker above Middle Ute Creek marking connector trail to Middle Ute CreekTrail. Photo by Pam Johns.

CDT Trail on Ridge

Location: 37.760754, -107.557411
CDT along ridge heading towards Stony Pass.

Confusing Junction

Location: 37.771461, -107.558327
CDT branches off to the right where there is a marker. This is a confusing section of the trail with the CDT appearing to go straight ahead in a northwest direction. Cairns marking an old stock road and the presence of many decoy trails in the area add to the confusion. TRACK ERROR on spur can be deleted.

Confusing Trail Junction

Location: 37.664871, -107.331581
Intersecting trails and confusing signs indicating that CDT cuts through this meadow. Possibly a connector route to the CDT running south from here.

Continental Divide

Location: 37.659718, -107.397079
Wes and Ralph crossing the Continental Divide just south of The Window. Photo by Pam Johns.

Continental Divide

Location: 37.659645, -107.397011
Crossing of the Continental Divide just south of The Window.

Crossing of Bear Creek

Location: 37.715363, -107.519592
Crossing of Bear Creek a short distance from Beartown Rd.

East Ute Creek

Location: 37.649761, -107.406776
View of East Ute Creek drainage. Photo by Pam Johns.

Flint Lakes Drainage

Location: 37.634834, -107.425217
Looking south at Flint Lakes drainage from ridge above Ute Lake Basin. Photo by Randy Kern.

Hunchback Pass

Location: 37.704880, -107.519829
Hunchback Pass - elevation of 12, 493 ft..

Hunchback Pass

Location: 37.704945, -107.519844
Top of Hunchback Pass at 12,493 ft. elevation. Tiring climb up from Nebo Creek. Sparse vegetation. Photo by Pam Johns.

Information Sign at Stony Pass

Location: 37.794819, -107.547386
Information sign at Stony Pass telling history of the area and the old stagecoach road from Silverton to Rio Grande Reservoir and beyond. Photo by Pam Johns.

Junction

Location: 37.712276, -107.517990
Junction of the CDT with Beartown Road.

Junction

Location: 37.687611, -107.520340
Junction of CDT with Vallecito Trail which heads down Nebo Creek.

Junction

Location: 37.756149, -107.556961
Junction of the CDT with the Whitehead Trail to Verde Lake.

Junction

Location: 37.719822, -107.524902
Junction of the CDT with the Colorado Trail. Colorado trail coincides with CDT on some sections.

Junction

Location: 37.641777, -107.456863
Junction of the CDT with the Rock Creek Trail near Twin Lakes.

Junction

Location: 37.652863, -107.475090
Junction of the CDT with the Middle Ute Lake Trail.

Junction

Location: 37.636490, -107.434647
Junction of the CDT with the trail to good campsites at Ute Lake.

Junction

Location: 37.636147, -107.431885
Junction of the CDT with the Flint Lakes Trail.

Junction

Location: 37.633762, -107.427605
Junction of CDT with the trail to Middle Ute Creek.

Junction

Location: 37.731625, -107.543198
Junction of the CDT with a connecting trail to the Elk Creek Trail and Colorado Trail.

Junction - Colorado Trail

Location: 37.719967, -107.524994
Junction of the CDT with the Colorado Trail. Colorado Trail and CDT coincide in some sections. Photo by Pam Johns.

Junction beyond Weminuche Pass

Location: 37.671623, -107.329147
Log at the junction of the Weminuche Creek Trail and the Los Pinos Valley Trail. Trail to the right heads toward the junction with the CDT. Confusing signage with several trails through the meadow area. Photo by Pam Johns.

Junction of Weminuche Creek Trail with Los Pinos Valley Trail

Location: 37.671547, -107.329109
Weminuche Creek Trail/CDT heads to the right at this junction. Confusing signs at the marked point south of here indicate that the the southbound CDT likely runs through the meadow.

Los Pinos River Valley

Location: 37.676067, -107.369247
View looking east at the Los Pinos River Valley and Weminuche Pass. Photo by Pam Johns.

Marker

Location: 37.671543, -107.381477
Marker - "CDT - CDNST"

Marker

Location: 37.674107, -107.377007
Marker - "Rincon La Vaca."

Marker

Location: 37.672161, -107.381020
Marker - no lettering.

Marker

Location: 37.662182, -107.387421
Marker - "CDNST."

Marker

Location: 37.662113, -107.387421
Marker - "CDNST." Photo by Pam Johns.

Marker

Location: 37.649372, -107.407082
Marker - no lettering.

Marker

Location: 37.655716, -107.476784
Marker - "West Ute Lake."

Marker.

Location: 37.669266, -107.382996
Marker - no description.

Markers

Location: 37.725937, -107.532082
Two markers at junction of CDT with wilderness boundary which appear to be marking the departure of the Colorado Trail and Elk Creek Trail as they head towards El Dorado Lake. Photo by Pam Johns.

Markers

Location: 37.670303, -107.480209
Markers - "CDT" and "West Ute Creek Trail"

Markers

Location: 37.725868, -107.532059
Two markers at the junction of the CDT with the wilderness boundary.

Middle Ute Creek

Location: 37.647762, -107.461617
Looking northeast at Middle Ute Creek drainage. Photo by Pam Johns.

Morning Fog in Los Pinos River Valley

Location: 37.669537, -107.332306
Looking southeast from campsite near Rincon La Vaca and Raber Lohr Ditch. Photo by Pam Johns.

Nebo Creek

Location: 37.688179, -107.510895
Looking down Nebo Creek drainage. Trail descends alongside creek and makes several crossings of the creek. Very rocky and slippery in places. Photo by Pam Johns.

Nebo Creek Drainage

Location: 37.687786, -107.510170
Nebo Creek drainage. Trail crosses creek several times and is rocky and slippery in places.

Nebo Lake

Location: 37.681030, -107.501404
Nebo Lake just west of Nebo Pass. Photo by Pam Johns.

Nebo Pass

Location: 37.681087, -107.501350
Nebo Pass with view of Nebo Lake to the west.

Peak 12,808

Location: 37.672882, -107.361481
View of peak 12,808 from meadow along CDT. Photo by Pam Johns.

Pond and Rio Grande Pyramid

Location: 37.666088, -107.385231
Pond with Rio Grande Pyramid in the background. Photo by Pam Johns.

Pond near Rio Grande Pyramig

Location: 37.666092, -107.385231
View of pond near Rio Grande Pyramid and The Window.

Randy and Ralph at Unnamed Lake

Location: 37.758591, -107.557426
Randy looking back at Wes at unnamed lake alongside of CDT just north of junction with Whitehead Trail to Verde Lake. Photo by Pam Johns.

Ridge above Rincon La Osa

Location: 37.647736, -107.421219
CDT along ridge above Rincon La Osa drainage. Photo by Pam Johns.

Ridge above Ute Lake Basin

Location: 37.636417, -107.425598
High point on ridge southeast of Ute Lake Basin. Photo by Pam Johns.

Rincon La Osa

Location: 37.651474, -107.402885
Randy, Wes and Ralph looking south across the Rincon La Osa drainage. Photo by Pam Johns.

Rincon La Osa Drainage.

Location: 37.651348, -107.402870
View of the Rincon La Osa drainage.

Rincon La Vaca

Location: 37.672047, -107.350365
Looking east at the Rincon La Vaca drainage and Weminuche Pass area. Photo by Randy Kern.

Rio Grande Reservoir

Location: 37.717567, -107.273827
Trail skirts the southern edge of the Rio Grande Reservoir. Visible on the other side is the 4WD road to Stony Pass which is very rugged in spots and should only be attempted by a vehicle with high clearance. Rio Grande Reservoir is 20 miles from Creede, CO on both paved and well-maintained dirt roads. Photo by Pam Johns.

Rock Creek Trail Junction

Location: 37.641762, -107.456825
Markers at Rock Creek Trail Junction near Twin Lakes marking junction of Rock Creek Trail with the CDT. Photo by Pam Johns.

Sign - "Rincon La Osa"

Location: 37.649075, -107.407928
Sign with arrow - "Rincon La Osa."

Sign - "Rincon La Osa"

Location: 37.649139, -107.407944
Ralph and Randy at sign with arrow - "Rincon La Osa." Photo by Pam Johns.

Sign on Cairn

Location: 37.718239, -107.523468
Yellow sign on cairn with no lettering.

Stony Pass

Location: 37.794487, -107.545883
CDT marker and mileage sign at Stony Pass near parking area.

Stony Pass.

Location: 37.794582, -107.545883
CDT marker and mileage sign at Stony Pass near parking area. Photo by Pam Johns.

Sunset and Storm Clouds

Location: 37.773834, -107.555679
Sunset and storm clouds at "Camp Confusion." Photo by Pam Johns.

Tarn near CDT

Location: 37.731686, -107.543236
Tarn alongside CDT at the junction of a connecting trail to the Elk Creek Trail and Colorado Trail. Photo by Pam Johns.

Tarn near Ute Lake

Location: 37.645397, -107.425674
Tarn northeast of Ute Lake from view on ridge above Ute Lake Basin. Photo by Pam Johns.

Team 16 Taking a Break

Location: 37.747795, -107.553955
Ralph Flockerzi, Randy Kern, Pam Johns (team leader), Don Edwards and Wes Wilson taking a lunch break just east of the junction with the Whitehead Trail to Verde Lake. Photo by Pam Johns.

The Window

Location: 37.671494, -107.381500
View of The Window from CDT using zoom lens. Photo by Pam Johns.

Trail Junction

Location: 37.676376, -107.369102
Junction of CDT with a side trail, which may be Skyline Trail. CDT heads to the left and crosses a stream, then cuts across ridge at higher elevation than indicated on old maps.

Trail on Ridge

Location: 37.760868, -107.557426
CDT along ridge heading towards Stony Pass in the distance. Photo by Pam Johns.

Twin Lakes

Location: 37.639938, -107.458725
Twin Lakes. Fragile meadows, but good water source. Photo by Pam Johns.

Unnamed Lake

Location: 37.759804, -107.557579
Unnamed Lake alongside CDT. Photo by Pam Johns.

Ute Lake

Location: 37.639889, -107.434807
Campsite area above Ute Lake. Fragile meadow area down by shore of lake. Photo by Pam Johns.

Ute Lake

Location: 37.645321, -107.425751
View of Ute Lake from the ridge above Ute Lake Basin. Photo by Pam Johns.

Ute Lake

Location: 37.638798, -107.438286
Looking north at Ute Lake from CDT. Photo by Pam Johns.

Ute Lake at sunrise.

Location: 37.639889, -107.435028
Ute Lake at sunrise on 8/29/07. Photo by Pam Johns.

Ute Lake Basin

Location: 37.635208, -107.424843
View of Ute Lake Basin from ridge above. Photo by Pam Johns.

View of East Ute Creek

Location: 37.649689, -107.406708
View of East Ute Creek drainage.

View of Flint Lakes Drainage

Location: 37.634792, -107.425209
View of Flint Lakes drainage from ridge above Ute Lake Basin.

View of Los Pinos River Valley

Location: 37.676006, -107.369179
View of the Los Pinos River Valley after crossing small stream near junction with side trail.

View of Middle Ute Creek Drainage

Location: 37.647621, -107.461456
View of Middle Ute Creek drainage just above crossing.

View of Peak 12,808.

Location: 37.672771, -107.361290
View of peak 12,808 from meadow alongside CDT.

View of Rincon La Vaca Drainage

Location: 37.672050, -107.350479
View looking east at the Rincon La Vaca drainage.

View of Stony Pass

Location: 37.788265, -107.547829
Looking north towards Stony Pass. Photo by Pam Johns.

View of The Window and Rio Grande Pyramid

Location: 37.670151, -107.341431
View of The Window and Rio Grande Pyramid heading west near Rincon La Vaca.

View of The Window and Rio Grande Pyramid

Location: 37.670372, -107.341515
View of The Window and Rio Grande Pyramind while heading west near the Rincon La Vaca. Photo by Pam Johns.

View of Ute Lake

Location: 37.645340, -107.425697
View of Ute Lake from a high point along ridge above Ute Lake Basin.

View of Ute Lake

Location: 37.638645, -107.438156
View of Ute Lake from CDT.

View of Ute Lake Basin

Location: 37.635136, -107.424850
View of Ute Lake Basin from ridge above.

View of West Ute Lake

Location: 37.667248, -107.477173
View of West Ute Lake from CDT.

View of West Ute Lake Basin.

Location: 37.655323, -107.476891
View of West Ute Lake Basin from ridge between Middle and West Ute Lakes.

Waterfall

Location: 37.674858, -107.367134
Waterfall alongside CDT above an avalanche field. Photo by Pam Johns.

Weminuche Pass and Los Pinos River Valley

Location: 37.680813, -107.323997
Looking south upon entering the Los Pinos River Valley heading towards the junction of the Weminuche Creek Trail and the CDT. Photo by Pam Johns.

West Ute Lake

Location: 37.667274, -107.477196
West Ute Lake from CDT. Good camping area, great lunch stop. Photo by Pam Johns.

West Ute Lake Basin

Location: 37.655346, -107.476936
Looking north at West Ute Lake Basin. Photo by Pam Johns.

Yellow Sign on Cairn

Location: 37.718201, -107.523514
Yellow sign on Cairn with no lettering. Photo by Pam Johns.

Thirtymile Campgound, Rio Grande Reservoir

Location: 37.724510, -107.256897
Backpacker parking lot at Thirtymile Campground at Rio Grand Reservoir. Trailhead is southwest of this point just off of campground road. No supplies - old resort is closed. Also in photo, Team 16 of CDT Project: Don Edwards, Ralph Flockerzi, Wes Wilson, Randy Kern and Pam Johns (team leader). Photo by Pam Johns.

Weminuche Creek Trail

Location: 37.716831, -107.276268
Ralph hiking up access trail from Rio Grande Reservoir towards the CDT at Weminuche Pass. Trail follows southern bank of reservoir for short distance and then heads southwest alongside Weminuche Creek. Photo by Pam Johns.

Rio Grande Reservoir

Location: 37.716358, -107.286026
Last view of Rio Grande Reservoir from Weminuche Creek Trail. Photo by Don Edwards.

Waterfall along Weminuche Creek Trail

Location: 37.713722, -107.287498
Waterfall at crossing of Weminuche Creek. Photo by Randy Kern.

Weminuche Creek

Location: 37.705288, -107.308418
Looking back down Weminuche Creek towards Rio Grande Reservoir. Photo by Pam Johns.

Moose at Weminuche Pass

Location: 37.683968, -107.321808
Sighting of a moose near the Continental Divide at Weminuche Pass. Photo by Randy Kern.

Checking maps at Weminuche Pass

Location: 37.683060, -107.322388
Randy, Wes and Ralph checking maps near Continental Divide along the Weminuche Creek Trail. Photo by Pam Johns.

Avalanche Field

Location: 37.674278, -107.366356
Avalanche field above Weminuche Pass area. Photo by Don Edwards.

Rest Stop near Avalanche Field

Location: 37.674225, -107.366203
Wes Wilson taking a break near avalanche above Weminuche Pass area. Photo by Don Edwards.

Checking Marker

Location: 37.672123, -107.381096
Ralph, Randy and Don check a marker - no visible lettering. Photo by Pam Johns.

Climbing Towards the Continental Divide

Location: 37.663227, -107.385818
Wes and Ralph climbing up towards Continental Divide near The Window. Photo by Pam Johns.

East side of Continental Divide

Location: 37.659542, -107.397255
Looking back at east side of the Continental Divide at Weminuche Pass area. Photo by Pam Johns.

Marker on Continental Divide

Location: 37.659500, -107.397293
Marker on Continental Divide - "CDNST." Photo by Pam Johns.

Thunderstorms on West Slope of CD

Location: 37.659378, -107.397293
Thunderstorms brewing on the west slope of the Continental Divide. Photo by Pam Johns.

Rio Grande Pyramid

Location: 37.649864, -107.405830
Looking back at Rio Grande Pyramid from west side of Continental Divide. Photo by Pam Johns.

Drying Tents on Trail

Location: 37.676373, -107.368958
Randy, Don and Ralph taking a break to dry out tents on sunny slope of CDT. Photo by Pam Johns.

Lunch at Stream Crossing

Location: 37.676258, -107.369179
Don and Wes take a lunch break at crossing of small stream. Photo by Pam Johns.

Walking Along Ridge Above Ute Lake Basin

Location: 37.643856, -107.427010
Ralph and Rany (in distance) walking along CDT on Ridge above Ute Lake Basin. Photo by Pam Johns.

Trail on Ridge Above Ute Lake Basin

Location: 37.642906, -107.427010
CDT Trail along ridge heading towards Ute Lake Basin. Photo by Pam Johns.

Ute Lake at Sunset

Location: 37.640099, -107.435013
Ute Lake at sunset on 8/28/07. Photo by Randy Kerns.

Team 16 above Ute Lake Basin

Location: 37.634731, -107.425697
Team 16: Randy Kern, Ralph Flockerzi, Pam Johns, Wes Wilson and Don Edwards. Photo by Pam Johns.

Filtering water at Middle Ute Creek

Location: 37.649784, -107.461884
Pam, Ralph and Wes filtering water at Middle Ute Creek. Good source of water late into summer. Photo by Randy Kern.

Middle Ute Creek Drainage

Location: 37.653442, -107.466179
Looking back at Middle Ute Creek drainage from CDT. Photo by Pam Johns

Lunch at West Ute Lake

Location: 37.667225, -107.477127
Ralph, Wes and Randy having a lunch break at West Ute Lake. Good water source; good camping area. Photo by Pam Johns.

West Ute Creek Drainage

Location: 37.679703, -107.493713
Thunderstorms forming over West Ute Creek drainage. Photo by Pam Johns.

Nebo Pass

Location: 37.681164, -107.500519
Nebo Pass. Randy thought the peaks beyond resembled those in Argentina or Chile. Photo by Pam Johns.

Wildflowers near Nebo Lake

Location: 37.681549, -107.502495
Wildflowers alongside CDT just past Nebo Lake. Photo by Pam Johns.

Shelter from Lightning

Location: 37.680782, -107.494568
Ralph and Pam take shelter from lightning on east slope of Nebo Pass. Photo by Don Edwards.

Cliffs near Nebo Pass

Location: 37.680817, -107.495750
Colorful cliffs just south of the CDT near Nebo Pass. Photo by Pam Johns.

After the Storm on Nebo Pass

Location: 37.680973, -107.498230
Ralph and Don climbing up the east slope of Nebo Pass after the thunderstorm. Photo by Pam Johns.

Ponds near Hunchback Pass

Location: 37.704845, -107.514687
Ponds just below Hunchback Pass on way to Beartown Rd. and Bear Creek drainage. Photo by Pam Johns.

Bear Creek Drainage

Location: 37.706501, -107.513161
View of Bear Creek drainage on descent from Hunchback Pass. Photo by Pam Johns.

Checking Maps at Beartown Rd.

Location: 37.712326, -107.517998
Don Edwards checking his map at junction of CDT and Beartown Rd. Photo by Pam Johns.

Bear Paw Print near Beartown

Location: 37.720211, -107.525757
Bear paw print in mud on CDT northeast of the Bear Creek crossing. Photo by Pam Johns.

Cairn

Location: 37.731155, -107.541931
Cairn with faded wooden sign alongside CDT. Photo by Pam Johns.

Exposed Ridge

Location: 37.741051, -107.550056
Don hurrying across and exposed ridge to avoid getting caught in thunderstorm. Photo by Pam Johns.

Sheep Alongside CDT

Location: 37.751511, -107.555443
Herd of sheep grazing alongside CDT with only a sheepdog nearby. Photo by Pam Johns.

Dog with sheep

Location: 37.752396, -107.555847
Dog tending the sheep alongside the CDT. No signs of a sheepherder and several miles from civilization. Photo by Pam Johns.

Tarn near Stony Pass

Location: 37.785095, -107.552895
Tarn alongside CDT near Stony Pass. Photo by Pam Johns.

CDT near Stony Pass

Location: 37.781933, -107.554001
CDT heading north towards Stony Pass. Cathedral-looking mountain is Canby Mountain. Photo by Pam Johns.

Randy Celebrating at Stony Pass

Location: 37.794529, -107.545959
Randy holding bottle of wine that Wes hid in car for end-of-trip celebration. Photo by Pam Johns.

Team 16 at Stony Pass

Location: 37.794323, -107.546112
Randy Kern, Don Edwards, Wes Wilson, Ralph Flockerzi and Pam Johns (team leader) celebrating end-of-trip at Stony Pass. Photo by Pam Johns.

4WD Road at Stony Pass

Location: 37.794682, -107.547180
Parking area along 4WD road where CDT crosses Stony Pass. The road is very rugged in spots between Stony Pass and Rio Grande Reservoir. A 4WD vehicle with a high clearance is a must. Photo by Pam Johns.

Wes at Stony Pass

Location: 37.794342, -107.546104
Wes taking notes at Stony Pass. Photo by Pam Johns.

View of The Window

Location: 37.673622, -107.378220
Heading west on CDT towards The Window. Photo by Don Edwards.

Rio Grande River

Location: 37.724899, -107.255959
Rio Grande River at Thirtmile Campground, Rio Grande Reservoir. Photo by Randy Kern.

Evening at Ute Lake

Location: 37.639935, -107.434898
Evening at Ute Lake. Side trail to Ute Lake from CDT is visible in background. Photo by Don Edwards.

Evening at Nebo Creek Campsite

Location: 37.686050, -107.520592
Wes and Pam checking maps at the campsite along Nebo Creek. Photo by Pam Johns.

"Camp Confusion" in the Morning

Location: 37.773811, -107.555695
Pam and Wes with morning coffee at "Camp Confusion." Photo by Don Edwards.

Parking area at Stony Pass

Location: 37.794483, -107.545685
Team 16 at parking area at Stony Pass. Good parking and good road conditions at this end of shuttle. Road conditions deteriorate gradually on way to Rio Grande Reservoir with many rocky areas Photo by Don Edwards.

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