Bushcamp (1732.8) to Clear Creek (1745.4)
It was an easy 6 miles of downhill hiking to Togwotee Lodge, half of which was on a main highway. I had an early start, mainly courtesy of a 4am rain shower which has me scrambling for my rain fly. It didn’t look like rain when I pitched my tent last night.
Togwotee Lodge exceeded my dirty, smelly thru hiker expectation. An all you can eat buffet breakfast for $8. I ate the equivalent of 3 pineapples, 2 rockmelons, 1/2kg of granola with yogurt and 6 bagels with cream cheese. It might sound excessive or even glutinous but live a day, week or month in my thru hiking shoes and you would do the same. Oh how I loved the fresh fruit…..
I showered for $5 and washed my clothes for another $2.75. It’s good to be clean, sometimes. I settled into the bar area to charge my electronics, see what the world was up to and open my resupply package I sent myself. Then I ate. Again. And again. Two lunch meals and they were generous sized meals. I think that today was the hungriest I’ve been on the whole hike. I just needed the calories. I felt so much better.
It was late afternoon when I hiked out of the lodge. I needed to hike about 11 miles to get back on the official CDT. I took an alternate route to get to the lodge. Well worth it. Tomorrow I’ll be camped on the border of Yellowstone National Park, all things going to plan.
Everything you need to know about hiking the CDT:
Complete Guide to Hiking the Continental Divide Trail
CDT Resupply Guide
CDT Gear List