Day 13 - Collegiate West 4/3
22.1mi 5,026ft Elevation Gain
Late start. My camp spot was nestled between tall peaks and did not get any morning sun. So I was surprised to see clear skies when I poked my head out of my tent.
After the first pass of the day I lay all my gear out to dry.
Train grade. Choo Choo! This railroad was built by some burly men. The tunnel at the top unfortunately had a fair bit of tragedy in its short time of use. It's now collapsed.
This collegiate west alternate sure do have some pretty views.
Marmots ! Everywhere!
By the late afternoon clouds covered the sky, as they usually do up here in these mountains.
They were pretty threatening and I couldn't figure out what direction they were moving. Going up and over a pass is a gamble. You don't know what's on the other side. Could be blue skies or more storm clouds.
Unfortunately for me it was the latter. I got rained and hailed on at 12,000 feet. I pushed on because two southbound gals I passed earlier told me about an epic camp spot .
I just had to follow the rainbow.
The clouds cleared and the afternoon shadow show was spectacular.
I found the special spot.
With amazing eastward views I knew the morning sun was going to wake and warm me early.
I enjoyed some kale I had packed out from Chelsea's garden and mixed it up with a new spicy ramen that she gifted me. Trail gormet!