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[cdt-l] bears on CDT (espec. Colorado)

  My husband and I hiked the Weminuche section last summer.  Although we didn't see any bears, we saw plenty of sign.  The year before, on another trail in the Weminuche, we ran into a horse packer resupplying a base camp because a bear was periodically marauding it.  They had even strung an electric fence around the perimeter, but the bear just went on thru.  Because the trail is mostly above tree line we camped often without trees, so we couldn't hang our food.  Fortunately we didn't have any trouble.  But we also had 5 llamas and two dogs along.  Maybe that made the difference?

This year we are going to hike north from Silverton to Monarch Pass.  Can anyone tell me about that section?  I've read the trail book but would like some first hand information, too.

Lee Clark
New Mexico

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On 5/30/2001 at 8:55 AM Ginny & Jim Owen wrote:

>Nick Laqua wrote:
>>I will hike a 150 stretch of the Colorado part of the CDT end of June.
>>What bugs me right now is the bear issue. When doing the John Muir Trail
>>three years back, we *had* to use those bulky Garcia bear cans as those
>>yosemite bears are quite used to backpackers and there are a lot of
>>I would be delighted if hanging the food would be enough precaution
>>against bears on the CDT....
>Nick -
>There are no guarantees.  We hiked the Cochetopa/Weminuche in 97 and then 
>thruhiked the CDT in 99 and we hung the food in N Montana and  Yellowstone.  
>Other than that, we slept with it.
>I've heard vague rumors about bears in the Weminuche lately so before we go 
>back there we'll check with USFS.  But I doubt if we'll change our MO unless 
>the "bear problem" gets really bad.  I don't really think that's a high 
>probability though - bears are still hunted in CO.  The only real hardcore 
>"bear problem areas" seem to be the National Parks where they're not hunted.
>Walk softly,
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