Also, excuse my ignorance but this trip would be taking place mid October...when do the temperatures start falling and snow start accumulating on the trails. Is that going to be too late?
That depends on whether mother nature is taking her bipolar meds or not. It can be relatively warm and sunny, cool and rain, or 3ft of snow could fall in a very short time, and yeah Ive seen it all,lol. FYI, last I heard, we were heading into an El Nino pattern, so that may mean more precip, if I recall. Look more into that. I don't think there were any significant fires around leadville. The highway from Leadville to the Vail area(I think) is closed, due to a sinkhole from an old railroad tunnel. http://www.cotrip.org/home.htm;jsess...A357E17E.node1
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