As another successful year on the Colorado Trail approaches, the time has come to pay homage to the extraordinary individuals who triumphed over the challenging 500-mile journey. The Colorado Trail, renowned for its stunning views and grueling terrain, holds a special place in the annals of the thru-hiking world. What adds a unique flavor to this challenging journey are the trail names, the earned monikers that become a part of the hikers' identities long after the trail has faded into memory.

Hiking and Leaf Peeping at Taylor Lake and La Plata Canyon During Fall

The year 2023 gave birth to some truly extraordinary trail names. "Moose" and "Smokey," perennial favorites, were joined by the likes of "Silent Disco" and "Cotton," unique names that perfectly encapsulate the individualistic spirit of the thru-hiking community.

A fascinating trend among this year's finishers was the surge in nature-derived monikers. The trail witnessed the rise of "Goldie," "Phoenix," "Wolf Slayer," and "Little Bear," names that resonated with the raw beauty of the outdoors. Embracing their wild side, the creative minds of "Scooter & Sneezeneed," "Dog Jaw," and "Gips Kelsey" provided some colorful additions to the trail nickname canon. Meanwhile, names like "Journeyman" and "Walked in Faith" manifested the spiritual journey that thru-hiking often becomes.

The trail, however, was more than just an arena for individual achievement. It was a setting for camaraderie and companionship. Names like "Mountain Berry & Runway," "Popeye, Olive, Colonel & Skottles," and "C'mon & Centennial" indicated the shared experiences and combined efforts that marked success on the trail.

Hiking on Molas Pass During Fall

But no matter the name, each hiker has a unique story about their time on the trail. Tales of determination, resilience, and camaraderie that can only be found in the thru-hiking world. And these nicknames serve as a reminder of the bond shared between those who have completed this incredible journey.

So, as we bid farewell to another year on the Colorado Trail, we applaud the thru-hikers and their unforgettable trail names. Congratulations on becoming part of an elite group of individuals who have conquered the Colorado Trail. We can't wait to see what nicknames will be added to the list in the years to come.

Happy trails, hikers! See you on the trail.