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    Member Since May 2017

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    Susanna Wright reviewed Squawflat Trail to Lost Canyon Peekaboo Trail

    5 months ago

    Absolutely GORGEOUS hike! I backpacked in and camped at the Peekaboo site overnight in May '18. The weather was perfect, maybe a high around 80, sunny, had just rained so everything was green. The ranger did ask me "Are you afraid of heights?" when I picked up my permit, and I wish I would have said "no, WHY" instead of just "No." The hike has some decent exposure and the final descent seemed sketchy to me (as a solo hiker). I was glad I had trekking poles and good tread on my shoes. I also wasn't aware you need a bear canister for Salt Creek/Horse Canyon. The ranger station lends them out so it wasn't an issue, just required some re-packing. I wrote a blog post about this hike with more details/pics if it is of interest! https://www.backpacktheplanet.com/blog/canyonlands-the-needles-district

    Susanna Wright reviewed Colorado Trail : Segment 18

    5 months ago

    This was not my favorite stretch of the CT. It was mostly walking on a 4x4 road. I hiked it NOBO in early June. If you're thru-hiking, it's a easy section of trail to really crank out some miles! But there are definitely more scenic trails in the area for a weekend trip. I wrote a blog post about this trip from Segment 21-Segment 18 NOBO; it's got more beta and pics from this trip: I hiked this NOBO, starting at Spring Creek Pass. It was an easy hitch from Lake City to the trailhead. I camped at a really nice area around Mile 3.9 (CT Data Book if you're hiking SOBO) at Middle Mineral Creek. There are a lot of beetle-kill pines in this area, but this site has some more open spots farther away from the dead trees (and was gorgeous!). It was a very scenic section of trail! I wrote a blog post about Segment 21-Segment 18 with more beta. https://www.backpacktheplanet.com/blog/solo-backpacking-in-2018

    Susanna Wright reviewed Colorado Trail : Segment 19

    5 months ago

    I hiked this NOBO in early June. The first part (That follows Cochetopa Creek) was relatively scenic and enjoyable; the second part was mostly walking on a 4x4 road and definitely not my favorite section of the CT. It was also fairly dry; after Cochetopa Creek I didn't see any water for the rest of the segment. I hiked from Segment 21-segment 18 in one stretch; I have some more beta on this stretch of the CT in my blog post: I hiked this NOBO, starting at Spring Creek Pass. It was an easy hitch from Lake City to the trailhead. I camped at a really nice area around Mile 3.9 (CT Data Book if you're hiking SOBO) at Middle Mineral Creek. There are a lot of beetle-kill pines in this area, but this site has some more open spots farther away from the dead trees (and was gorgeous!). It was a very scenic section of trail! I wrote a blog post about Segment 21-Segment 18 with more beta. https://www.backpacktheplanet.com/blog/solo-backpacking-in-2018

    Susanna Wright reviewed Colorado Trail : Segment 21

    5 months ago

    I hiked this NOBO, starting at Spring Creek Pass. It was an easy hitch from Lake City to the trailhead. I camped at a really nice area around Mile 3.9 (CT Data Book if you're hiking SOBO) at Middle Mineral Creek. There are a lot of beetle-kill pines in this area, but this site has some more open spots farther away from the dead trees (and was gorgeous!). It was a very scenic section of trail! I wrote a blog post about Segment 21-Segment 18 with more beta. https://www.backpacktheplanet.com/blog/solo-backpacking-in-2018

    Susanna Wright reviewed Colorado Trail : Segment 8

    5 months ago

    I LOVE this segment of the CT! It's so gorgeous. I hiked it SOBO over Labor Day weekend in 2017. We did it in two nights. It got pretty cold (frost on the grass/tent the first night) but IMO was perfect backpacking weather. Lots of amazing views on this stretch of trail! I wrote a blog post with additional beta if you want to check it out: https://www.backpacktheplanet.com/blog/colorado-trail-segment-8

    Susanna Wright reviewed Dutchman and Bluff Springs Loop

    6 months ago

    Really enjoyed this loop. I camped a little past the intersection with Terrapin Trail and had a great view of Weaver's Needle for sunrise. I hiked it clockwise, there was some decent elevation gain in the first mile or two, but after that it wasn't too strenuous. Pay close attention at the intersection with Whiskey Spring Trail, I missed it and started hiking up the wrong trail. Gorgeous views, highly recommend! I wrote a blog post with more pictures/detail https://www.backpacktheplanet.com/blog/weekend-getaway-to-arizona

    Susanna Wright reviewed Devil's Hall Trail

    6 months ago

    Very pretty hike with great photo ops. We did this on 12/27 during the government shutdown; we had to park in a lot outside the visitor's center and walk up the easy (paved) .3 mile trail to the visitor's center, then to the campground to the trail head. It was VERY cold in the canyon--according to my phone, it was 10 degrees colder than by the visitor's center. I definitely could have used some extra layers.

    Susanna Wright completed Devil's Hall Trail

    6 months ago

    Susanna Wright reviewed South Rim Trail - Boot Springs Trail

    6 months ago

    Amazing hike, I did it counter clockwise as a overnight backpacking trip. Counter-clockwise seemed a bit easier. The views on the South Rim were amazing. I added a few extra miles by hiking out to camp at NW 4 for the night--there were at least 4 pads for tents down there and lots of little trails to several AMAZING viewpoints for sunrise and sunset. I did see bear scat fairly close to the tent areas, so be sure to be bear-aware and store any food/scented items in the bear boxes!
    I would rank this as Moderate for me personally, but I'm in fairly good shape (and am comparing this to backpacking on the Colorado Trail which I would rate as Strenuous). I carried in all the water I needed, but I did come across water on Day 2 of my hike.
    I wrote a blog post about this trip if you'd like to get a little more detail: www.backpacktheplanet.com/blog/big-bend-solo-backpacking

    Susanna Wright reviewed Big Bend Hot Springs Trail

    6 months ago

    Super easy (I hiked to the hot spring in flip flops). I also didn't see the loop part--I just walked back the same way I got there. The hot springs were awesome. Highly recommend. Definitely pay attention to the road warnings, it is VERY narrow.