Major Climbs + Tough Days

Twin Lakes to Salida: 83 miles
Total Colorado Trail miles: 252.5

This leg was tough.

We entered the Collegiate East part of the trail– lots of climbing and descending. LOTS.

At the end of day three, after eating dinner near the trail head, we decided to push 1.5 miles into Segment 13.

Those 1.5 miles were probably the most challenging miles I’ve ever cover. It was so steep.

Added to the fact that we had already been hiking since before 5am, ascended three other major climbs, I had pretty terrible blisters, and (TMI alert) I was also having poop problems– it will most certainly rank in my top hardest physical feats.

But, those major climbs and tough days are rewarded with breathtaking views.

🤍 amanda maureen

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