Trip Start Jun 05, 2007
2Trip End Jun 06, 2007
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The drive in was great. Around a Turquoise Lake, up a well-maintained dirt road. I took note that the Colorado Trail crossed this dirt road early on, as I have considered a couple longer trips along the Colorado Trail. I continue on, and I start to think I've made a mistake
As I head away from the northern trailhead, I realize it's about 4PM. Sunset it a bit after 8PM, but I want to leave myself at least 2 hours of daylight for hiking, and an hour for setting up camp, I better find this other trailhead by 5PM or call it quits. After driving all the way around Mount Massive (and yes, it is massive), I get to the southern trailhead around 5:10PM. Hrm, close enough. I have a torch or two, so I'll make due if I get up there a little late. I throw the last couple items in my pack and head off.
About 30 minutes into my hike, I realize I left my rain jacket in the car. Not a great thing to leave behind as it's overcast, but I decide I'll be OK. About 10 minutes later, I recall that my knife is sitting in the trunk as well. I don't like hikes of any duration without a knife, not that I've had many occasions to use it, but it's a bit of a safety issue
I pack all my food items neatly away in zip-loc baggies (as to not attract bears), and do the same with all my trash. I crawl into my little tent to read for a bit then call it a night. I get through a chapter or so in my book, but my hands are cold since they're not in my sleeping bag. The wind is kicking up outside, and I'm not used to the noises this tent makes. I've used it once or twice, but never in windy conditions, and it is WINDY. I get very little sleep for the first couple hours, as I know every rattle of the tent is a bear trying to get in, and around 11PM I finally start to sleep better.