I finally completed the Durango Mountain Resort to Telluride Mountain Resort ~50-mile adventure I had been working on the last few years. My last attempt was to ski it which yielded a direct face-to-face with a mountain lion and then a snowstorm whiteout where I zig-zagged just trying to find the end of East Fork Trail. This time was better with perfect autumn weather.
I hope to do it again with some route changes, and it may just be from Cascade instead as I spent too much time going up DMR and Cascade Road. If I took Cascade Trail to Engine Creek things would move much faster. The route took me over Rolling Pass and through Hope Lake which was awesome. In the future thought if I can scout out the route through Grants/Swampy to Blixt and Wasatch that should be the most straight route.
Jeni ran a SAG Wagon for me and she hiked up with our daughter to Hope Lake from Trout Lake on the Lizard Head side. I ran out of food and water on the way up to Rolling Pass and was fortunate enough to run into a nice family from here in town and get restocked. Thanks! They were doing the same as I had planned, heading up to Hope Lake for the first time. I'd like to check that area out some more - wow it was beautiful! Here are some photos!