9 miles of CDT, 4 miles of Creede Alternate
The site last night was scenic, but cold and we let our tents warm up before getting a start.
The 9 miles or so back on the divide was a slog. We went up and down mountains all day opting to climb steep hills rather than side step around the valleys on the edges of our snow shoes.
We climbed up a river bed to a pass at 12500 some odd feet and from that point on we were pelted with ferocious winds. The wind swept snow was soft and we post holed even in our snow shoes. Banjo fell so deep that his snow shoe got stuck and we had to dig it out.
We decided we were fed up with the crest so we descended surrounded by remnants of avalanches. We glissaded down and followed a river through a burn section to meet up with the Creede Alternate trail. Which is at lower elevation.
Before setting up camp we saw a black bear ... so we hiked a bit further. We noticed it was fat so we weren't that worried when we did set up a bit later. Fat bears are well fed bears.