Grey's Okay

Day 3 - Segment 27/26/25

21.5 Miles 3,421ft Elevation Gain

It was overcast all day. I was cruising up in the clouds. I welcomed the cool weather.  

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Most of the day was above tree line and I was thankful that I wasn't being spanked by the high elevation sun.  

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I had one small pass. Then most of the day was 'downhill'... in my head this whole trail is downhill to Denver.  

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It would be. If there weren't so many mountains in the way.  

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No complaints.  

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Each little river carries the minerals of the area. The locals say they can tell where it rained by what color the Animas River turns. This little river looked like a bleached white line in a sea of green. 

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I set up camp by a raging waterfall. At 9,000 some-odd feet it was as low as the trail was going to get that day. They say "climb high, sleep low." I think this is pretty sage advice while your body acclimatizes. 

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My tent sat on top of a rock. The river thundered below.  

 

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I slept well knowing that I had a hearty climb in the morning (between the peaks in the picture above.) I also knew that if I hiked fast enough I could be on Silverton with a cold brew in my hand by days end.