Despite the smoke, the views continued to be spectacular. The trail remained well above the treeline as it went around an unnamed peak.
If today hadn't been a day of wonderful weather, this section could have been troublesome or even dangerous. There was no place to go for protection if a storm rolled in over the mountains.
There are a couple of routes to take for avoiding bad weather, though some advance planning would be needed. One is the Mirror Lake Alternate. Following that would have required us to make a turn before we reached our campsite yesterday. The alternate is also known as the Collegiate West Low Route.
Another bad weather trail is the Collegiate East Route. It is about the same distance as the Collegiate West Route, which is what we are hiking.
The Collegiate East Route has a little less elevation gain and is less exposed. To follow it, we would have had to turn at a different trail near Twin Lakes. Most CDT hikers don't go that way.