07/14/20 – We had breakfast, packed up and were on the trail by around 7:30. Reports of very limited water sources along the trail ahead compelled us to load up with extra water for an expected dry camp at our next campsite. After a 600 foot climb over a mile and a half distance, we topped out on Jarosa Mesa at about 12,000′ elevation. The trail across the mesa was rough, with rocks sticking up out of soil that’s in short supply.
At our lunch stop, Bruce and I shared Herb and Garlic Tuna and crackers. The views were amazing above timberline as we traveled along the trail. It’s hard to capture in photos, but here are a couple attempts:
Red Mountain with Uncompahgre Peak to the Right
Head of Cirque Overlooking River Valley – Lake San Cristobal in the Distance
We hiked a total of about 9 miles for the day and camped on the tundra near some willows at about 12,500′. Tomorrow we climb to the highest point on the Colorado Trail.
Camping at 12,500’
Three guys joined our camp later in the day…Wayne and a friend, and Wayne’s son Preston, were from Ohio/West Virginia. Wayne is involved with a church group that drills water wells in Africa and elsewhere. Had turkey for dinner and saw some deer make their way across the valley below our camp. It was a very windy night, but it stayed mostly dry. The stars were so big, it seemed like you could reach up and grab hold of one! The Milky Way was clearly visible across the sky. Beautiful!!