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Assistant Village Idiot
To me, hiking weather is mainly when it is too cold to sail, but not cold enough to ski. The forecast is far too hot for hiking tomorrow.
I believe I’m going to “hike” upwind tomorrow, until I or my wife feel we’ve gone far enough, then find a nice place, an empty cove or a cheap marina or a yacht club, whichever is nearby and strikes our fancy, to anchor or moor overnight.
I prefer to start going upwind, making the return trip less work if the wind doesn’t change. We start earlier if we are already on the boat, so there should be time when we get back for a box of fried clams (she'll have a lobster roll, or maybe scallops) and some beer at the club while we watch the sun set.
Crag Crest Trail on Grand Mesa, Western Colorado. Starts at 10500 feet above sea level, high point about 11400, with lots of ups and downs. You can see for 100 miles in every direction if the air is clear. Fantastic hike, just hope we don't get lost, what with all the extra snow this year, and logging to clear lots of felled trees.
A little late to the game in my response because we just did segments 25-29 of the Colorado Trail. It took four days and three nights. It was classified as impassible due to the snow. We moved our date backs several weeks to accommodate for the snow. Ours were virgin foot prints in the drifts and snowfields. 72 miles is a hike as well as a pleasant walk in the woods.