Tom and friend Doug recently returned from their annual fall pilgrimage to South San Juan Wilderness in Colorado’s majestic Rockies. After driving 2 ½ hours of gravel trail-service roads, they met up with Kent, the outfitter. After another 11 miles of slow horse riding up the Continental Divide Trail, they reached their campsite.
Unfortunately, the view from the Continental Divide has greatly changed. Last year, few trees showed signs of spruce beetle and pine beetle blight that has been decimating vast swaths of Colorado’s forests. This year, about half of the trees visible from their vantage point had died as observable in the above picture.
Apparently, the trip down the mountain was a bit on the hairy side as pouring rain and sleet had turned the often narrow and precipitous trail into a mud slide. I’ll just look at the pictures, thank you!
On the descent, they stopped at Blue Lake which gave them opportunity to check for cell reception as they had been without all week. Still no reception. So if you are looking to go off grid, this might be the place for you.