Segments #9 and #10: 26.7 miles – 5,317′ elevation gain, 5,680′ elevation loss click here for Jerry’s Pledge Form
7/8/19 – Our friend, Lance Willoughby, joined brother Glenn and I for this trip, and Bruce Houtchens and Mark Ely would join us for the last few days. Glenn and I left the house at 6 am and picked Lance up on our way to have breakfast at the Butterhorn in Frisco. A short stack covered with berries and nuts….yum! From there, we proceeded to the Tennessee Pass trailhead outside of Leadville.
Segments 9 and 10 pass through the Holy Cross and Mount Massive Wilderness areas, and bikes are prohibited in those areas. We expected to meet fellow hikers along the way, but no bike traffic. The first 7 miles were relatively flat and passed through a nice forested area, where there was evidence of an old fire (burned stumps). New trees had grown to maturity, so it was apparently some time ago that the area had burned. This is also an area where the 10th Mountain Division Hut System is prevalent and we passed several huts. We also came across several very wet sections of trail and the skeeters were definitely out.
About 6 miles in on the Holy Cross Wilderness, we met a solo hiker who informed us that there was a fair amount of snow still on the trail that we would need to cross. She said to be careful which tracks we followed because the trail was impossible to follow due to the amount of snow remaining on the trail. We decided to continue on and deal with the snow.