Hiking & Forest Fires

I’ve been busy today getting ready to head to Colorado for my thru-hike of the Colorado trail, so I hadn’t been keeping up with the news. This evening I opened up my Colorado Trail groups only to find yet another forest fire along the Colorado Trail that will entail yet another reroute. This now brings the total number of fires along the trail to three, with segment 7 entirely closed and portions of two others closed due to fires. I must say, I am not a big fan of forest fires…

For those of you unfamiliar with the Colorado Trail, it is broken down into 28 segments, starting with segment 1 just outside of Denver and ending with segment 28 at Durango, CO. The trail is managed by the Colorado Trail Foundation and they maintain a page on Facebook where they post updates and news about the trail.

Currently there are reroutes for segments 3, 7, and 27 due to forest fires. Sadly Colorado has had a rather hot and dry summer so far, so the state is experiencing more fires than normal. So much so that most of the state is under a fire ban and only camp stoves with an on/off switch are allowed in the backcountry…

Oh well, this is one of the very reasons I only loosely plan most of my hikes. I’ve found that you can plan down to the mile, where to you’re going to camp, which water sources you’re going to use, and the like, but as soon as you hit that trail, Mother Nature is going to throw that plan out the window and test your abilities to roll with the punches…

Not even on the trail yet and things are changing. Wonder what tomorrow will hold once I’m actually on the trail???

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