Lots of miles hitching 3 miles of trail
In the morning Banjo and I were resupplying at a Walmart when a man asked about my patches and why I had a backpack with snow shoes strapped to it in my shopping cart. I took the opportunity to "yogi" a ride from him and his wife. They lived in Monte Vista, the neighboring town, which got us slightly closer to wolf creek pass. They dropped us off at a gas station at the edge of town. There, Banjo and I deployed our thumbs along with lots of waves and big smiles. It wasn't long til we landed a hitch from a young national guardsman on a mission to surprise his girlfriend at graduation.
We got dropped off at the pass, and the young man said "make good decisions!" We immediately threw on our puffys and gloves and temporarily regretted the decision to hike out that afternoon - but we slogged up and out ..
Tough terrain, we traveled less than a mile per hour.
After just a few miles we were happy to be back our and found a great camp site with a spectacular view.