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    Quote Originally Posted by Mags View Post
    Not that I know of.

    My little doc is about it. It does have the basic info (this town has motels, groceries, etc) but not a comprehensive listing like the AT/PCT/CDT guidebooks.

    Smells like an opportunity for someone.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by freefall View Post
    Smells like an opportunity for someone.....
    ..and that someone will not be me.

    The trail is only 500 miles.so who knows. I am looking at the Tahoe Rim Trail guidebook and that is over 200 pages for a 165 mile trail!
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    Hi all...

    I made some fairly major updates to the my guide since this was last posted.

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    • Town info. Though a very hard hitch, there were questions about Saguache and Gunnison. Added the info. Could provide a good bailout point or break up the section for hikers going at 10-15 MPD pace. Other town info has been added as well.
    • Canister info. Canister stoves are more popular. In Colorado, there are enough stores on the CT where they should be fairly easy to get (thanks to WB user Rick Armstrong for doing the heavy lifting on getting this info!)
    • Dogs - There is an alt route not far from the start/end of the CT in Waterton Canyon that allows dogs access. It is slightly shorter than the Waterton Canyon portion and is off a fairly major road. I have the directions to get to the TH along with a link to a rudimentary map provided by the CTF. Note how the Western Trail orgs recognize and encourage alt routes.
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    Thanks for the info MAGS,,, very helpful.

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    Default Thanks Mags

    Thanks so much for this guide Mags. I recently thru-hiked the CT from Durango to Denver and really appreciated your guide. Definitely all you need as far as towns go. I lucked out and on the "notorious" hitch into Creede I was picked up within 15 minutes or so. Another fun side trip I took was to Aspen (where I decided to move after the trip to pursue my dream of being a ski bum). The hitch to Aspen over Independence Pass from Twin Lakes was really easy and there's a good grocery store in Aspen. Lodging is expensive of course though, but there's camping options. Anyway, awesome guide, thanks so much!!!

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    Hiking guide looks great Mags, as a follow resident of that great state, thanks for putting the time and effort into making a great guide.
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    Hey Mags, I know this is an old thread. Just looked at your CT guide, and your gear list.. Man, I wished I was brave enough to get my weight down that low.. I did look at the tent you had listed, but i just cant seem to get away from having a floor. I even took alook at the tarp and ALMOST bought one. hehe...Nope, not me.. Ill stick with my tarp/tent. But i like your list.. I finally got my base weight down to just over 7 pounds. I think that is apretty good job, myself..

    Good information. good work...Could be usefull in the near future..

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    Default Fabulous!

    Thinking about hiking the CT? Do NOT leave home without it!

    This is a work of art (labor of love).

    Sincerest appreciation, Mags, from those that knows and thems that will.

    Happy skiing on the new boards, buddy.

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    Great info. Thanks

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    Thanks a lot, Mags

    I used your CT guide to plan my thru hike this year. It is simple and clear without too much deviations from what I've experienced on the trail. I printed out the town/resupply table doubles-sided on papers and carried it only. They're pretty handy for my night reading.

    Hitches to the towns were almost all fabulous except for at Rt. 50 to Salida. I waited for nearly one hour with a burnt neck under the sun. Going into Creede at Spring Creek Pass was incredibly easy only to have waited less than 10 minutes. But it cost me more to stay in the motel and get shuttled back to the trail. I would make it to Lake City next time if I do it again.

    I appreciate your excellent work.

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    Thanks for the kind words all...

    All my docs are labors of love. I've been lucky over the years to see some cool things...and I believe in giving back. I also love to share, write and maybe make others enthusiastic over their own outdoor pursuits, too!


    Hitching is hit or miss it seems! Spring Creek Pass is difficult for many people. Salida (due to all the MTBers) is usually easy. But, well, usally does not mean always!

    Who woulda thunk it...

    As for skiing..IT IS SNOWING IN TOWN!!!! WINTER IS ALMOST HERE!!!! WOOT! WOOT!
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    Thanks Mags! This doc has been a great help. It stands as one of best single CT references online that I've found so far


    P Mags "end to end" guide
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    Are all you need to plan a CT hike.

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    It looks like both Yogi and Eric the black are working on ones.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mags View Post
    Not that I know of.

    My little doc is about it. It does have the basic info (this town has motels, groceries, etc) but not a comprehensive listing like the AT/PCT/CDT guidebooks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgottshalk View Post
    It looks like both Yogi and Eric the black are working on ones.
    I knew Yogi is..

    Power to them. I like to KISS..in planning and how I do trails. (Or maybe I am just simple minded? )


    I don't know Eric at all, but Yogi is a good friend of mine (I stayed at her house on the way back from the BMT).

    The Colorado Trail is definitely more popular than years past, so I could see why people would want a comprehensive town guide.
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    Still no other guidebooks yet..but I did revise my KISS guide to the Colorado Trail.

    http://www.pmags.com/colorado-trail-end-to-end-guide

    Has a little more transport info and info on the Roxborough alt route (thanks given at the end of the doc!)

    The 8th edition of the CT guidebook is now out and it is quite nice! Pick it up! Lots of expanded resupply info.
    http://www.shop.coloradotrail.org/NE...ion-GUIDE8.htm
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    BUMP.

    Revised it again.

    http://www.pmags.com/colorado-trail-end-to-end-guide

    More info for the increasingly popular Durango start (directions to TH, long term parking, etc.), info about long term parking for a Denver start now that Waterton Canyon is closed and the whole article is better organized. Check it out. Thanks to the CTF for a Colorado gem!!!!
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    Another bump. Added some more alt routes, added some section hiking info. There is now (atually, as of Jan 2011) a shuttle from Leadville to Frisco on the Summit County transit system for $5. Makes section hiking easier! Also have info about a new map that could be used if you are interested in some of the alt routes and 14ers.

    Check it out...

    http://www.pmags.com/colorado-trail-end-to-end-guide-2
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    Bump!

    Updated to reflect new resources from Postholer.com and Erik the Black. The big change is the fact that Waterton Canyon will be open in time for thru-hiking season. Hurray!


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    Mags' guide helped us tremendously in planning last year's CT thruhike along with this WB thread on resupply: https://whiteblaze.net/forum/show...esupply-points

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