Trip dates: May 11-12, 2019
Caltopo map here
I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty much done with snow when May 11 2019 rolled around. I really wanted to go the Lost Creek Wilderness but snow would be unavoidable around McCurdy Mt. so I was stuck with finding somewhere lower in elevation.
I ultimately chose Segment 2 of the Colorado Trail because it had a recent wildlife (yes I know I'm weird but I like these places). Just doing segment 2 would make a fairly easy day (9.18 mi, +2515'/-1098') so I decided to add a bit of segment 3 with a lollipop loop including an extended off-trail segment on Little Scraggy Peak.
Generally, I was drawn to this area in hopes of seeing the stark beauty left by an old wildfire.
I started at South Platte River TH and headed west.
This early section reminded me a lot of "the wastleand" they were always talking about in the movie "The Road Warrior"
It got a little greener around Rayleigh Peak. I'd definitely recommend walking on the forest service roads instead of the actual Colorado Trail in this part. There are very expansive views from the road that you would never know were there from the Trail.