Backpacking Butano State Park

Backpacking Butano State Park

I woke up in a forest embedded in the University California Santa Cruz campus. By the time the sun set last night we opted for stealth camping in the wooded campus instead of seeking out a far-off campsite. We parked at the northern parameter parking lot and after some wandering around in the dark, navigating…

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Colorado Trail

From Copper Mountain Back to California

[July 4 – 13, CT Sections 9-3 Copper Mountain] After a night of distant rumbling died down we scuttled down Copper Mountain to the resort below. 100 feet off trail an unassuming hiker can stumble into a mini-golf course, Starbucks, and even a roller coaster. As we walked through the desolate winter town that morning…

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Flowers On The Hillside (Kokomo Pass)

[June 27- July 3, CT Sections 10-12 (Kokomo Pass)] After our first full week on trail we returned to Twin Lakes, this time headed north. A painfully long two-hour hitch out of Buena Vista ended when we were picked up by some fellow hikers. The relief of getting the ride almost outweighed the sweaty two…

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