CDT Day 91 (MT – Darby to Anaconda)

Taste the Rainbow

  • CDT Miles: 2,410.5-2,431 (20.5)
  • Anaconda Alt.: 0-0.3
  • Total Hiked: 1,552.2 miles
  • Elevation Range: 7,320-9,300 feet

If you continue hiking long trails, you eventually bump into someone you met while hiking an earlier trail. The community has gotten pretty big in recent years, but it’s still not that big.

This morning, the team got going from our beautiful lake spot, snuck by the local Anacondians camp, and not far down the trail came across a sobo hiker. Turns out, it was Goldfish, who was one of the first hikers my dad and I met when we were starting the PCT. I believe we even got a ride together from legendary trail angel, Frodo, to her house where she and Scout hosted us before our trek began.

After the trail reunion, we continued hiking down and made our way to a nice stream where we stopped, filled up with water, and filtered…

Today would continue the second half of yesterday’s trend of going up and down. Check out this elevation profile…

So yeah… four pretty big climbs today. After our water fill-up break, we had a little over a mile of downhill, then we started trekking up. It was steep at times, but other times not so bad. I felt we made a pretty steady pace and got up and over to where the beautiful Warren Lake blew us away. Quite stunning and made for a perfect second breakfast spot.

Another nobo passed us by while we ate. That’s the second one in 2 days having not seen any for a long time prior. After our snack, down again…

And then, up, don’t ya know. This time we were shooting for Cutaway Pass…

With 2 miles still to go, we stopped at another pretty stream for some water and a shade break…

I got one pic of this nice pyramid shaped mountain before the clouds put it into shadow…

Maggie Rogers and a somewhat gentler slope had me cruising up to the pass. I arrived to Cutaway Pass a little before 1pm and thought it was about time to fill up my belly with some food…

After lunch, down into the valley shown above..

Rainbow Mountain was our next goal. Here we go…

Made it up there!

And to celebrate… Taste the rainbow! Cheer had gotten Skittles this one stretch not even knowing we were in for all things rainbow named. Confession though, the second selfie shot was taken yesterday atop Rainbow Pass…

We had two sobo’ers join for a bit up there and chatted. I believe they were sectioning. Then switchbacks down for a bit…

Down in the lower elevations, we made our way to a lake and had a impromptu team meeting. There’s about an 11- mile road walk into our next resupply town without camping and so there were a few options for how to tackle that. I decided I was going to do a few more miles today and set myself up to get into town tomorrow. Cheer and Snickers decided to camp at the lake, make tomorrow a full but lighter day, and then crush the road walk the day after. So, once again, I set out solo for that fourth hill on the elevation profile. I only went about 2 more miles, but pretty awesome stuff…

I’n the next pic, I’d end up tenting over in those short pine trees, but first went over to that edge and had dinner.

The trees were a bit short and didn’t have any high up branches from which to hang my food from. I made a sad attempt, but didn’t feel great about it.

Later on in my tent, as I was watching a downloaded show, I heard some commotion from over that way. Nervous already, my mind went straight to… Bear! On top of that, I realized in the panicked moment that I’d left my bear spray over where I’d hung my food. Amateur mistake. I yelled out a “Hey Bear,” and in the seconds afterwards listened and heard hoof prints. No bear people. Had you going there though. Once I got the courage up, I went to retrieve my bear spray and spotted about 5 mule deer, one of which was a large buck that seemed to have antlers about 1.5 feet above its head. Very cool. They were so loud too and not all that afraid of me. Anyways, I slept good after all of that in my cozy tent spot…

Albums of the Day

“Heard It In A Past Life” – Maggie Rogers

“Wicked (Original Broadway Cast Recording)”

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