5/28, day 32, 15 mi, 10170 elev
Road walked from Chama to Cumbres Pass – about 13 miles with 2500 feet of elevation gain. Along the way we found Colorado.
We were so excited about the expansive views and beautiful mountains that we took lots of pictures. Saw an elk on the road and a beaver dam across a culvert that passed under the highway.
Had big discussions about whether or not to carry ice axes. The locals pretty much talked us into shipping them home. As we sit in our tent at 10,000 feet we can see small patches of snow. It is going to get cold tonight.
The guy who took several other hikers from Chama to Cumbres Pass was still at the pass. He was trying to be helpful, but was handing out lots of misinformation. “No cows up here.” “That road is the trail.” After walking the road and seeing cow pies we realized we were supposed to be on trail tread. We went cross country to find the trail. He also told us there was no water – water was all over. We remembered our own advice on the PCT – listen to the advice, but make your own decisions.