Lani Advokat

The Colorado Trail

465 miles across the Colorado Rocky Mountains

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Summer is when we believe, all of a sudden, that if we just walked out the back door and kept on going long enough and far enough we would reach the Rocky Mountains.
— Edward Hoagland
 
 
 

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485 miles from Denver to Durango traversing through the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Average Elevation: 10,000 ft
Highest Point: 13,271 ft.

The trail is open to hikers, equestrians, pack animals, and mountain bikers (however bicycles are prohibited in designated wilderness areas). For more information about planning, maps, and routes - check out The Colorado Trail Foundation.

 

 

RESOURCES
Blackwoods Press : Colorado Trail itineraries
The Colorado Trail Foundation : Non-profit organization that operates and maintains the trail .
The Continential Divide Coalition : Provides recourses for the Continential Divide Trail.
Guthook Guides : Map-based smartphone navigational guides. Amazing resource to bring along on your hike!
PMags: Backpacking advice made easy.

Example of a day of food

Example of a day of food

I will try to stay open to surprises and to my story unfolding as it happens.

 
 

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Denver to Breckenridge

104 mi // 4.5 days

June 25 | Waterton Canyon
Journey begins...


104


Breckenridge to Twin Lakes


71 mi // 3.5 days



June 30 | Post Office

Lani Advokat | CT Hiker
c/o General Delivery
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 547-0347


175

Twin Lakes to Monarch Crest

86 mi // 4 days




July 5 | Twin Lakes General Store

Lani Advokat | CT Hiker
c/o Twin Lakes General Store
6451 E Hwy 82
Twin Lakes, CO 81251
(719) 486-2196


COLLEGIATE WEST

Monarch Crest to Twin Lakes


86 mi // 4 days


July 9 | Monarch Crest Store (UPS Only)

Lani Advokat | CT Hiker
c/o Monarch Crest Store
24500 Hwy 50 West
Salida, CO 81201


261

Monarch Crest to Lake City ,

97 mi // 4 days

*End Collegiate Loop
Resupply in Twin Lakes - hitch back to Monarch Crest - resume on trail.


July 14 | Twin Lakes General Store

Lani Advokat | CT Hiker
c/o Twin Lakes General Store
6451 E Hwy 82
Twin Lakes, CO 81251
(719) 486-2196


358

Lake City to Molas Pass

53 mi // 2.5 days





July 19 | The Raven's Rest Hostel (UPS or FedEx Only)

Lani Advokat | CT Hiker
c/o The Raven's Rest Hostel
207 North Gunnison Avenue
Lake City, CO 81235


411

Molas Pass to Durango

74 mi // 3.5 days

July 23 | Molas Lake Campground

Lani Advokat | CT Hiker
c/o Molas Lake Campground
65560 US Hwy 550 N
Silverton, CO 81433


 
 

GEAR

 

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Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity
— Albert Einstein
 

Having the right gear can be a game changing experience on a long distance trek. Comfort, durability, and weight are all considerations I use when deciding what to bring.

I value brands that care about the quality of their product, have excellent customer service, and are committed to ethical and sustainable practices.

My pack list for the The Colorado Trail is almost identical to what I took on the PCT, JMT and TRT. 

 
 

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush: Radius Travel Size

  • Floss: (can be used as thread for a sewing kit)

  • Toothpaste: Travel size

  • Face Wipes

First Aid

Miscellaneous

 

Electronics

Cooking


Food

Goal: Light weight, high calorie, vegan friendly grub.

Because I was prepping all of my resupply boxes at once, I did my best to keep the contents of my boxes varied. Below are some examples of my daily snacks.

Video: Packing my last resupply box (time-lapse)