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    BTW, here's a look at the higher part of section 7, real time, imagine this a month from now? Should be no problem, might sip the microspikes afterall:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM7R...GdIE_OaxBdAEqg

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    With the hurdles involved with hiking the PCT and AT this year, I'm now thinking about the CT. I started doing research and although I have looked, I can't find information anywhere that says Colorado is enforcing a 14 day quarantine for out of state travelers. Anyone know if that is a requirement?
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    Quote Originally Posted by colorado_rob View Post
    BTW, here's a look at the higher part of section 7, real time, imagine this a month from now? Should be no problem, might sip the microspikes afterall:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM7R...GdIE_OaxBdAEqg
    Yeah I will post up my decision regarding NOBO vs SOBO. That live cam of Breck is breathtaking. And equally worrisome, snow-wise. Hope you are right regarding snow.

    Thinking NOBO would also allow me to skip some of the afternoon storms which are stronger in the southern range (from my limited experience climbing).

    So today, I am leaning NOBO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd13 View Post
    Yeah I will post up my decision regarding NOBO vs SOBO. That live cam of Breck is breathtaking. And equally worrisome, snow-wise. Hope you are right regarding snow.

    Thinking NOBO would also allow me to skip some of the afternoon storms which are stronger in the southern range (from my limited experience climbing).

    So today, I am leaning NOBO.
    I think NOBO is a good idea this year. I think our paths will probably cross somewhere along the trail! Enjoy Colorado!

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    Hi all, first time attempting the CT. I'm planning a SOBO trek this summer, with an anticipated July 6th start date, but the flexibility to move it up one or two weeks. I've been cross-referencing the Guide Book with PMags online, trying to plan out re-supplies and wanted your opinions. Certainly everyone's options are different, but I'm wondering if there are any glaring problems:

    (I will check/confirm with all mail drops prior to sending.)

    1. Breckenridge/Frisco (Mail drop, but location not decided).
    2. Twin Lakes general store. (Mail drop)
    3. Monarch Crest Store (plan on going Collegiate West if snowlevel seems good) (Mail drop)
    4. Either SH 114 crossing at 302 miles or SH 149 crossing at 357 miles. (For these, my gf will drop off. Since she can only drop off on weekends one or the other should work).
    5. Molas Lake Campground.

    The first leg to Breck is, I think, 104 miles of hiking. Similarly, if I do SH 114 to Molas Lake CG that could be about 107 miles. This may be a stretching it. I did Katahdin to Monson ME on the AT which was 120 miles or so, with food to spare. Still every trail is different. Any thoughts?

    -Fats

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvontagen View Post
    Hi all, first time attempting the CT. I'm planning a SOBO trek this summer, with an anticipated July 6th start date, but the flexibility to move it up one or two weeks. I've been cross-referencing the Guide Book with PMags online, trying to plan out re-supplies and wanted your opinions. Certainly everyone's options are different, but I'm wondering if there are any glaring problems:

    (I will check/confirm with all mail drops prior to sending.)

    1. Breckenridge/Frisco (Mail drop, but location not decided).
    2. Twin Lakes general store. (Mail drop)
    3. Monarch Crest Store (plan on going Collegiate West if snowlevel seems good) (Mail drop)
    4. Either SH 114 crossing at 302 miles or SH 149 crossing at 357 miles. (For these, my gf will drop off. Since she can only drop off on weekends one or the other should work).
    5. Molas Lake Campground.

    The first leg to Breck is, I think, 104 miles of hiking. Similarly, if I do SH 114 to Molas Lake CG that could be about 107 miles. This may be a stretching it. I did Katahdin to Monson ME on the AT which was 120 miles or so, with food to spare. Still every trail is different. Any thoughts?

    -Fats
    Looking forward to hearing how it goes for you. Proivided I can knock out the remaining 167 miles I have on the AT this summer, considering CT SOBO starting last week of June in 2021. Would give me a few days to get ahead the 4th July rush that weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cvontagen View Post
    Hi all, first time attempting the CT. I'm planning a SOBO trek this summer, with an anticipated July 6th start date, but the flexibility to move it up one or two weeks. I've been cross-referencing the Guide Book with PMags online, trying to plan out re-supplies and wanted your opinions. Certainly everyone's options are different, but I'm wondering if there are any glaring problems:

    (I will check/confirm with all mail drops prior to sending.)

    1. Breckenridge/Frisco (Mail drop, but location not decided).
    2. Twin Lakes general store. (Mail drop)
    3. Monarch Crest Store (plan on going Collegiate West if snowlevel seems good) (Mail drop)
    4. Either SH 114 crossing at 302 miles or SH 149 crossing at 357 miles. (For these, my gf will drop off. Since she can only drop off on weekends one or the other should work).
    5. Molas Lake Campground.

    The first leg to Breck is, I think, 104 miles of hiking. Similarly, if I do SH 114 to Molas Lake CG that could be about 107 miles. This may be a stretching it. I did Katahdin to Monson ME on the AT which was 120 miles or so, with food to spare. Still every trail is different. Any thoughts?

    -Fats
    Couple of thoughts:

    Is Monarch Crest accepting resupply packages this year? I keep meaning to check, but somehow in my failing memory I seem to have heard they might not be. If not, I'll probably just have my wife meet me there and I'll time it to make it convenient for her.

    I do plan on resupplying in Breck, Twin Lakes, Monarch and Molas pass, with maybe a stroll into Creed down the dirt road, or again, having my wife met me, so your plan is similar to mine.

    I would consider starting a week earlier if you could; if you get on the CO trail Facebook page, it seems like a zillion folks are planning on starting on or right around July 6.

    As I'm sure you know, Waterton is closed, so you'll have to start either at Roxborough or Indian Creek.

    Even starting in late June, I think the Collegiate West should be very reasonable this year with respect to old snow. There will still be some around, but it should not be too bad.

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvontagen View Post
    The first leg to Breck is, I think, 104 miles of hiking. Similarly, if I do SH 114 to Molas Lake CG that could be about 107 miles. This may be a stretching it. I did Katahdin to Monson ME on the AT which was 120 miles or so, with food to spare. Still every trail is different. Any thoughts?

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    Thanks Colorado Rob! I'll be checking Monarch Crest personally, although, I've heard it reported as accepting drops on the Facebook page. I will confirm this week.

    Also, that's encouraging about starting earlier. I may aim for a June 29th start instead. I appreciated your earlier advice about starting on a Monday or Tuesday. Yes, I've seen that Waterton is closed. I plan on taking Indian Creek unless Waterton happens to open before my start.

    Thanks for the help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonehiker View Post
    You'll be fine.
    Thanks, lonehiker!

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    I called the Monarch Crest Spur and RV park and they are accepting packages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd13 View Post
    I called the Monarch Crest Spur and RV park and they are accepting packages.
    OutSTANDing, thanks for letting us know!

    Woops.. I got excited before your words soaked in... The Monarch Crest Spur and RV park is not the same as the Monarch Crest store and is 5-6 miles away from the actual Monarch Crest store. If you're doing the "classic CT", the trail crosses highway 50 very near the Monarch Crest Spur and RV park, so you're good there. But if you plan on doing the CT collegiate west alternate, you're have to hitch down and back (or walk down and back, 5+ miles each way).
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    I read this twice....you got MY attention for sure! I kinda have a diet restriction, so I am sending packages to myself most of the way.

    I am doing the classic route (East) - maybe I can return and hit the more picturesque West route later. Are there a lot of alpine lakes on the West side? I am a fly fisher and that would make for an epic backpacking and fishing loop one summer.

    Lastly, with Fremont pass dropping 8" in 3 days, I will go SOBO. It's in the high 20's and I am 3-4 weeks from passing through 7 - 9. Removes the added altitude burden and steeper start.

    How hard do you think hitching a ride to Lake City will be?

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