Ineffable

adjective
too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words
incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible

The Cascade Creek Trail, between Durango and Silverton Colorado, was recommended to me and without hesitation I planned to do it the next day.

I did minimal planning for it. I just eyeballed the map before leaving.

Something I did notice when looking at a map, was that I could connect a few trails and make a giant loop around Engineer Mountain. I wasn’t sure on the distance and time that would take to do, but it was on my mind.

I started around 11 in the morning and I wanted to be back to my car around 5 in the afternoon. 6 hours of hiking.

Around two hours into the hike, I came to my first split and I knew that taking it right would take me towards the mountain. If I took it left, it would circle me back around back onto the trail I was on.

I went right.

From what I remembered about the map, I would have to take two rights to do a full circumnavigation around the mountain. I told myself that I would either turn around at 3 hours into the hike or keep going if I were to make it to the second turn, which ever came first. Since I had no idea the length of the loop, I didn’t want to be out until dark.

The second turn never seemed to come.

I was climbing and climbing and going away from the general direction I felt I should have been going.

Because I briefly looked at a map, I was questioning if I was even on the correct trail.

I passed the 3 hour mark but something inside me told me not to turn around. I was arguing with myself in my head. My head was telling me to turn around. But I kept going praying a trail intersection was coming up. I felt pulled.

Curiosity pulled me further.

As I climbed higher, further away from my car and still no turn in site, I turned around and Engineer Mountain towered behind me. I never thought of turning around, even as I was getting above the treeline. I felt a slight triumph getting my first glimpse of it.

Not much further, I found the next and final turn, making my way towards Engineer and my car.

This was the best hike I have ever done and something tells me there will be even more like this to come.

It seemed that as I went further and further it became more and more beautiful. I was giddy and in awe by every view.

And as much as I love to write, I do know that my vocabulary wouldn’t do what I saw justice. Even the pictures won’t either. I could try my best to describe everything but I feel that it was so beautiful that it should be stated as indescribable.

ineffable

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