10 miles hiked
715.6 total miles

We do not get an early start. Pagosa’s modern Motel SOCO has sucked us in with its charismatic owners and free breakfast. Plus some of the others still have town chores. It’s 1pm before we hit the trail. I am worried because a thunderstorm is coming and the miles ahead are all above treeline, mostly on exposed ridges. I’ve had my hair, electrified, stand on end one too many times above treeline in Colorado, and I don’t care for the experience. I am also worried about the cabin burning down. News and social media state the fire, named the 416 Fire, grew quite a bit in size overnight. We hike up and up, eventually setting up camp near a lake at treeline, 10 miles from the pass. We agree that if we wake up to storms, we’ll take an on-trail zero. Maybe the coming storm will put out the fire.


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