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Hiking the Colorado Trail as a Family

Aaron Zagrodnick

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Aaron Zagrodnick

In 1996, when I was 22, my boyfriend, Curry, and I set off on the 471-mile Colorado Trail. Over nine grueling, awe-inspiring, and life-changing weeks, we hiked most of the way from Denver to Durango, only to be snowed out 60 miles before the finish by an October blizzard. Three years later, we returned to hike the final segment on our honeymoon. In 2016, exactly twenty years after we started that first CT hike, we hiked it again, this time with our three sons: Milo, age 15, and the twins, Zephyr and Emmet, age 11. It was the kids' first thru hike and only their second backpacking trip. Hiking the trail, now 485 miles long, was a daunting proposition for them, but I knew they were up to it, and in six grueling, awe-inspiring, and life-changing weeks, we made it from Denver to Durango...

@AndreaL writes about a recent family thru-hike of the scenic Colorado Trail, check out the full article in Issue 35:

Thru-Hiking en Famille

Thru-hiking the Colorado Trail as a Family

Issue 35 Page 1

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