Day 5, 7/21, 15mi, M-119: Copper to Frisco

Looks like this one got lost in cyberspace…

Today was slackpack day (hiking without all my backpack gear). Nora and I drove with her dogs over to Copper and hiked back to Frisco (the opposite direction I had been hiking the trail).

It was a beautiful morning other than the smoke that was blowing into the area.

The crest of the Ten Mile Range. You can see one of the Breckenridge lift terminals on the left.

The dogs found every snow patch and rolled around to cool themselves off.

When not in snow patches mountain creeks did the trick too.

A rare pic of me 🙂

And another…

The burn area from last years Peak 2 fire.

Selfie with Nora and Fred the dog (Charlie the Yellow Lab not present).

Tired pups back at the condo.

Tomorrow I’ll take the free Summit Stage bus back to Copper to pick up the trail where I left off.

Day 4, 7/20, 25mi, M-104: Frisco

I got a nice early start for the final 2.5mi climb to the top of Georgia Pass. Unfortunately, I was just a minutes late for the last of the sunrise. I did manage to get this cool pic.

The last look of South Park before descending to Summit County.

Wildflowers brightening up the trail.

Ominous clouds over the Ten Mile Range… this pic makes them look angrier than they actually were.

I made it to Highway 9 by 3pm and five minutes later the free Summit Stage bus took me to Frisco. Who do I run into as soon as I get off the bus? Longtime friends Jeanne and Sean with their son Max! The timing was also good because the skies cut loose shortly after I arrived.

My friend Nora put me up in her exceptionally comfy guest bed.

This is what the elevation profile so far. Approx 105mi completes and just under 20,000’ of climbing.

Tomorrow the plan is to do the next section as a day hike from Copper back to Frisco (opposite direction) with Nora and her dogs. Then on Sunday I will take the free bus to Copper and continue where I left off.