The following is a Facebook saga of what can happen when you don’t secure your food while hiking on The Colorado Trail. This happened to a hiker on The Colorado Trail in 2016. I was on the trail, and didn’t have a chance to participate in the discussion. You can think of this as the stick that broke the camel’s back. Shortly after this incident, the Forest Service issued a regulation that now requires food to be properly hung or in hard-sided bear canisters at this and other near-road campsites in the San Isabel and Pike National Forests. If we don’t start handling food properly, it won’t be long before we won’t be able to step on a trail without a hard-sided bear canister in tow.
Megan: I can’t believe I have a little phone service when I had none at Mt Princeton Hot Springs, but it’s 3am and I just woke up to the sound of my backpack and everything in it being stolen, here at Chalk Creek Trailhead. Luckily I had my wallet in my tent. My tent is too small for both me and my pack and I’ve had to leave it outside. It’s too dark for me to do any searching until dawn comes, and I’m going to call the sheriff if my morning search proves fruitless. I have reason to think it was a human and not an animal, but no proof, and I did make the mistake of leaving my food in my pack, but it was carried away, not dragged.
If there is anyone in the area who can help me out in the morning, it would be sorely appreciated.