October 19, 2019
Dry Camp to Finish Line (Battle Pass)
A Beautifully Brutal Finish
We woke up motivated to knock out the last 18 miles of our CDT hike. We forced our beat up feet into our frozen shoes for the last time and hit the trail by 7:30.
We hurdled over snow covered blowdowns and made our way to Hog Park Rd, where running water and tire tracks made for a nice few miles. The road didn’t last long though, and we got back on trail at the Huston Park Wilderness Boundary.
A few tracks were in the snow but we were route finding for the first few miles, desperately searching for the next cairn with a wooden post marking the trail. Snow covered trees made the post that much more difficult to locate, and the whipping wind added to the intensity, blowing snow from the trees and obscuring our view.
At our last break we had five miles until the trail met HWY 70 at Battle Pass. Cold and ready for this fantastic hike to be over, we choked down a Snickers and set off at a quick clip. The snow and murky grasslands didn’t slow us down and before we knew it we had one mile to go.
A part of us wanted that last mile to last forever. We found each other in the wilderness and it will always be home for us.
We were elated when we got to Battle Pass. We jumped up and down, hugged, and reveled in our accomplishment. Nearly 3,000 miles hiked! With frozen feet, ice chunks stuck to the bottoms of our frozen pants, and the wind picking up, we quickly set our sights on getting a ride into Encampment, WY.
We hadn’t seen in a car pass us since we got to the pass and were a little worried about our chances of getting into town. Just then a truck passed, slowed down and picked us up! We got into Encampment by 5:00! We booked the last cabin the town had for rent and ate our celebratory meal at the Bear Trap.
It has been a wonderfully challenging hike. We met incredible, lifelong friends. We pushed ourselves at times and at other times took the easier route. We couldn’t have completed the entire trail without all of the support and help from our family. So many long drives were made to aid us in making sure we could finish the trail. Thank you!
Next up for us: Thailand! We are heading to a Thailand in a few weeks for our honeymoon. Scuba diving, jungle, and street food here we come!