7/16/15 Day 83 Knoll M2203.2 to Cumbres Pass 7803′

Tent – Nights Spent Alone: 10

31.4, 1577.1 Trip Miles

Mostly Sunny

Day’s of Snow: 8 – Day’s of Rain: 32 – Days of Hail: 16

# of Zero days: 7

6:43 am to 6 pm

Gila Crossings Final Total:  221

Tick Count: 4 (4 more crawling on me)

Wanted List

Mountain Goat

Grizzly Bear


Black Bear

Bighorn Sheep


Mountain Lion





Critter Count

43 Elk

8 Chipmunks

5 Whistle Pigs

4 Pika

3 Deer


1) 530 Pronghorn*

2) 374 Elk

3) 167 Chipmunks

4) 130 Marmot****

5) 119 Deer**

6) 119 Lizards

7) 116 Wild Horses

8) 52 Pika

9) 50 Squirrels

10) 46 Ground Squirrels

11) 41 Cotton Tail Rabbits

12) 30 Prairie Dogs

13) 22 Horny Roads

14) 17 Jack Rabbit***

15) 12 Moose

16) 8 Snakes

17) 5 Coyotes

18) 5 Moles

19) 3 Porcupine

20)  2 Fox

21) 2 Rattle Snakes

22) 2 Toads

23) 1 Mouse

24) 1 Skunk

25) 1 Weasel

*181 from car, **4 from car, ***1 from car, ****2 from car

I slept well last night even without ear plugs. So well I turned off both alarms and slept in. I finally had to get up because I heard Rafiki moving about.

The day was supposed to be 25 miles but we said screw it and busted out the extra 6.4 to finish our second state. We reached Cumbres Pass at 6 pm, 52 days from the last time we were there. It was weird being back at the same location. Ice never experienced that on a thru-hike.

The hike itself was mellow but we did get some incredible views. Colorado sent us out in style. I even saw a heard of at least 40 elk about 300′ below me in a valley. It was amazing to be above them and just observe them doing their thing.


This was my trail

I’m super excited to be done with Colorado. It means two states done and three to go (WY, ID, and MT) it also means I’m going to be actually hiking north towards Canada instead of away from it! It’s been odd being a Northbounder headed south to reach Canada. Mentally it will feel good to be headed north. It’s just natural. I’m not sure how to explain it.


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