This morning we hiked up a dirt road which led to the base of Monarch Pass. Along the climb up to the pass we were rewarded with some of the most spectacular scenery. Flowing rivers, green pine trees, and fields of tall grasses sprinkled with colorful bouquets of wildflowers lined both sides of the trail.
It was a beautiful, clear Colorado day and we were finally set to begin our journey. The first six and a half miles from Waterton Canyon Trailhead followed the South Platte River, along a wide dirt road. Along that brief section we saw goats frolicking in the water, mule deer, and a herd of big horn sheep sunning in the grass.
PCT 2017- The year that was Fire and Ice. We hiked through heat waves, through deep snow, and over tall mountain passes. We forded dangerous rivers, got caught in smokey fires, and maneuvered around heart-breaking trail closures.
It was an emotional morning as we woke up and tried to make plans for the last leg of our journey. We are now counting down in the double digits, a 2,650 mile endeavor has now become the 98-mile, four-day stretch in front of us.