Pfiffner Traverse Day 3: North Inlet, East Inlet, Isolation Peak Pass, Paradise Park (RMNP, Colorado)
Trip dates: August 14-20, 2018
This day: August 16, 2018
This day was 100% off-trail and featured the toughest bushwhack of the whole trip. This was also my favorite day.
The bushwhack down to East Inlet had lots of blowdown and I got "cliffed out" a coupled times. I actually got a concerned message from my dad on my InReach because I was moving so slow.
I then moved up towards Isolation Peak Pass.
This spring I ran into Andrew Skurka who was also attending Paul Magnanti's talk in Boulder about his walk across southern Utah. We spoke for a few minutes about the Pfiffner Traverse. I didn't have the map memorized yet and asked something like "isn't there a part where you can stay on the divide near Wild Basin?". I was thinking of an alternate route he'd mentioned in a "pre-edition" of his guide. At this point I'm thinking that the best high-route is one that spends absolutely as much time as possible at high elevations above treeline.
"Yeah you can do that but you miss Paradise Park!" Andrew said.
I'm glad I decided to see what this area has to offer. Highly recommend.
"Best day so far!"
I'd been so immersed in the experience I'd forgotten to check-in with friends/family using my satellite messenger. Just before leaving RMNP I noticed a bunch of unread messages and replied "Doing good! Best day so far!". I can't believe I get to live 24 miles away from places like this (of course, the drive is longer).