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[cdt-l] Re: catching up on the CDT-L

hi everyone,

i just completed the colorado trail as well and found out the
following info to complement what brawny has mentioned:

1) the post office at copper mountain is officially closed all or part
of saturday -- but the if you knock on the inside door many times
there are workers who will open up and deliver a package (but you
can't send). this fact is also true at many post offices -- just
knowck on the inside door to check if someone is there while they're

2) the leadville hostel is wonderful and cheap ($15) making it far and
away the best lodging option in leadville (if not the whole trail).
wild bill, the proprietor, will even pick you up and drop you off at a
trailhead for a small fee. contact him for details.

3) when you reach highway 50 on the ct, there is a major hotel just up
the hill maybe a mile or two away (i forget the name!).  this is a lot
more convenient than salida for lodging and resupply.

4) the hitch to creede is not 10 miles from the pass like the guide
says. it is at least 30 miles.

5) the gear store in creede is one of the best i've been in (san juan
sports?). good to know if your in a pinch.

hope this helps,

On Thu, 4 Sep 2003 12:39:56 -0700 (PDT), "C.Wellman" wrote:

> We're just home from our Colorado Trail/ CDT section
> hike and I'm catching up on this list. I agree, this
> is the list of choice for cdt planners.
> Jim, you are completely right about needing Current-Up
> to Date info. We had the new updated Colorado Trail
> guide, copyright 2002, a glossy book weighing in at 23
> ounces, and its info wasn't even up to date. 
> The resupply at Copper Mt, we found, could be
> facilitated by simply Staying on the trail til it went
> right behind the resort, and one could see the
> American Eagle ski lift. Right there, a small trail
> leads within just a couple hundred feet, to the heart
> of the resort. The guidebook told us to take that hwy
> 91 road walk. A couple miles later, and much time
> wasted,  we were resupplied and back on trail. Next
> morning we saw that easy way to resupply there at the
> tiny but adequate store. Just wanted to pass that info
> on to future hikers. They also have a post office, but
> that can get you hung up if you arrive on a weekend.
> Anyways, then, Mt Princeton,(south of Twin Lakes) with
> the hot springs was given just a passing note as a way
> to Soak the Feet, and turns out it had a great little
> store, with hot food (microwave, and hot dogs on a
> grill, ice cream etc). Now, that was hiker heaven, and
> its right on trail. That was info that could really be
> useful.
> Molas Pass Campground acording to the trailquide had a
> great little store, with beer, showers etc. You can
> still mail boxes there, but now the store has been
> truely streamlined, and has just snacks. Not a full
> resupply place. (This campground is just a bit off the
> official cdt, which takes one closer to Silverton, so
> perhaps not as important info for cdt hikers)
> So, totally, I agree about the necessity of same year
> research for food resupplies, and back up plans, post
> offices, current telephone numbers and addresses for 
> towns uptrail, because even the hours vary from week
> to week in some of these little places. 
> Now that hikers are getting back home from this
> season's hikes, the questions and on list traffic is
> bound to pick up.
> Brawny
> =====
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