Continental Divide Trail – Day 94
August 25, 2023
Miles Today/ Total: 26.7 / 1686.6
I had a little condensation on my tent this morning, but it wasn’t too bad. I packed up and was on the trail by 6:30am. The mountain view from my tent was amazing and I grabbed a photo before moving on.
The trail started with a quick descent through the woods into a valley and quickly started climbing up the other side. The trail continued up the valley on a gradual ascent for most of the morning. I would pass through trees, drop down into a valley and push through willows, and walk through miles of mountain meadows.
About mid morning I reached a turnoff where a new section of trail was opened in 2020. Despite 3 years of use it seems the majority of the hikers take the old route. The new route was overgrown and difficult to follow in a few places. I did get off trail once and had to bushwack my way through some willows and sagebrush to get back on track.
This trail descended down the Sheridan Creek for several miles then turned and began ascending up Red Creek. The trail continued up the valley and climbed over the top on another mountain meadow.
The trail followed an old road down into the next valley, across Split Rock Creek and back up the other side. I reached a treed areas at the top of the hill and started looking for a place to camp for the night.
I found a nice flat area amongst some pine trees and set up for the night. The wind is blowing tonight, but I’m pretty protected amongst the trees. Looks like it might be a cool night.