Respecting the elements.
The Colorado Trail will be throwing a lot at hikers this year with respect to the elements of nature. First of all it was a very low snow year in Colorado, which means that water levels are low and I'll have to carry more water with me as some of the regular streams may not be flowing as a result.
This low snow year has also resulted in a very dry state, and there are numerous forest fires already burning in Colorado. None really close to the trail but definitely something to keep an eye on.
And the temperatures have been unseasonably HOT in Denver to date - high 30s Celsius!
On top of the that, there were some violent storms earlier in the spring which caused a massive blow down of trees in a couple areas of the trail (see photo). This probably means a detour off trail as it will take years to clean up that level of debris that is spread out over 10 miles of the trail.
Not to mention the regular warnings of mid-afternoon lightening storms and the presence of bears in certain areas!
But then again, if it was a easy hike, then where is the challenge?