Highway 40 (1139.3) to Cabin Creek (1165.8)
I didn’t sleep well. And I felt a bit down in the morning. I guess having my hiking buddy Crunchmaster leave the trail was the cause. Luckily the scenery made up for it.
The trail went up. The trail went down. Mosquitoes fed on me. I felt the highs and lows of trail life. But the scenery had me in awe again.
As we summiteers the last of the 13000ft peaks other hikers appeared. Tank, Cerveza and Rampage. We all leapfrogged each other for the next several hours.
Late in the afternoon Lucky and I continued hiking. The wildflowers and the setting sun combined to lift our spirits. We didn’t want to stop hiking. In the distance we could see Rocky Mountain National Park. We hiked until almost 9pm. It was dark when we set up our tent. Another long hard day.