Mayor’s 2019 CDT Redemption Hike Day 78

Mayor's CDT Redemption Hike 2019-Alpine lake

Day- 78
Date- September 5, 2019
Location- Privy near Lake Granby
Elevation- 8,294 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 14.6 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 1487.6 miles
Weather/Temp- Cloudy, rain, 70s
Injuries- none
Pain level- zero
Spirits/Morale- anxious
Wildlife encounters- mule deer
Days without shower- 1
Days without laundry- 5
Hunger/craving- none


I took my time getting out of Grand Lake today. After having an early breakfast with Jetpack, she hiked out on a quest to get 20 miles or better. I was in no such rush and had my mind pretty much made up for a 15 mile day.

I ate two breakfast meals, resupplied, then visited an outfitter just to see what interesting gear they had. Nothing special, but I did end up buying a new cook pot with a lid that doubled as a small frying pan. I already bought my resupply, so I wouldn’t be cooking for this stretch. However, at the next town stop – it’s steak, sausage, bacon, eggs, spaghetti, you name it. I’m ready to be a cooking fool!

I go through a lot of cooking/eating phases out here. Right now I’m entering my chef phase. I’m curious and excited to see what I’ll eat from here on out.


After lunch I hiked out around 1 pm. The trail was mostly flat and easy as it traversed the shores of Grand Lake, then the banks of the Colorado River, and finally the shores of Lake Granby. I remembered this stretch being more scenic with the techno-colored Aspens in 2017. To be clear, I was perfectly fine with Aspens being green this year. In fact, I’ll be happy if they stay green until I’m in New Mexico.

There was nothing notable, incredible, or spectacular about the day. It was cloudy and I got sprinkled upon a little bit, but nothing serious. When I descended to the shores of Lake Granby, there was a small campground full of car campers. I pushed almost a mile past this campground and came to another nice car campground – except it was completely empty. There was a storm approaching, so I ventured in to scope it out.

I found an amazingly luxurious privy, a dumpster, a picnic table, and running water all within 50 feet of each other. This was the holy grail of free camping setups. It was kind of early, but I decided to call it an early day. If I went any further, then I’d just run into more people, fee zones, and a massive climb. Better to beat the weather here where I have literally everything I could possibly need. It’s like a free hotel.

It’s a Tie

In other news, this part of Lake Granby is the furthest point I hiked on the CDT in 2017. I’ve officially tied my effort from two years ago. From tomorrow onward, I won’t have any idea of what’s ahead of me on trail. Ignorance is bliss, and I can’t wait.

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