Day 5 - Segment 24
24.7mi 6,415ft Elevation Gain
I knew my day was going to start with a big dissent followed by a huge ascent.
I steeply switched back and forth on my way down to the Animas River. The views were spectacular.
At the bottom, I crossed over the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad tracks into the Weminuche Wilderness.
I climbed steeply all morning roughly following Elk Creek.
Just before the top of the climb there were several small hard rock mines and this dilapidated old cabin.
At the top of the climb the Colorado Trail meets up with the continental divide trail. They'll share some miles through the San Juans. I thought it was funny that here there were two treads worn into the mountaintop. The left is CT, right CDT.
Once I got up to 12,000 feet the evening thunder clouds rolled in. They held out for a while. I could see storms in the distance.
On my way down I was treated to some side ways hail!
I like to photograph these things .
The division of reclamation, mining, and safety... that's a new one for me.
The sky cleared up. I continued trucking into the evening. I set up camp by a small alpine lake at 12,000 feet.