6/13/15 Day 50

Steamboat Springs to Road Side Hilltop 8605′

Tent – Nights Spent Alone: 7

18, 935.4 Trip Miles

Mostly Sunny

Day’s of Snow: 7 – Day’s of Rain: 16

# of Zero days: 5

1 pm to 7:30 pm

Gila Crossings Final Total:  221

Tick Count: 4 (3 more crawling on me)


Critter Count

3 Pronghorn

1 Deer

1 Chipmunk



527 Pronghorn*

119 Lizards

116 Wild Horses

80 Elk

73 Chipmunks

60 Deer**

37 Cotton Tail Rabbits

26 Squirrels

22 Horny Roads

19 Prairie Dogs

17 Jack Rabbit***

15 Ground Squirrels

8 Snakes

4 Moles

3 Marmot****

3 Coyotes

2 Rattle Snakes

2 Toads

1 Mouse

1 Skunk

1 Weasel

1 Porcupine

*181 from car, **3 from car, ***1 from car, ****2 from car

Tired. Shitty day walking pavement. Not to bitch but it was shitty. Not much to tell. Long hitches, hot sun, 3 mile error, rain and sub par water.

View from around the Rabbit Ears area

View from around the Rabbit Ears area

All that said Rabbit Ears Pass is beautiful and the views were amazing. Lots of meadows filled with flowers. The clouds were nice to look at until they opened up on us. They even threw some hail at us.

It’s already 10 pm so that’s it.


Another great view near Rabbit Ears Pass

So as you can see three days in and around Steamboat and I had had enough.  My attitude and Rafiki’s was crap by this point.  I think we were both over all the road (paved and dirt) walking.  From the time we left Chama all we had hiked was roads.  We were both ready for “real” hiking on single track in the woods.

Maybe we should have known it was going to be a tough day when the sprinklers at Moots turned on before the sun was up and blasted out tents.  Rafiki had his door open and it sprayed inside before he could close his tent.  It was comical but not how we wanted to wake up.

Back to Day 49, Forwar to Day 51


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