CT Foundation News

Photo taken above Silverton near Molas Pass by Jeff Jones while on CTF Crew 1219.

CT Conditions 2019 Sept 17

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – September 17. CLOSURES Copper Mountain area: two-mile, trail-season detour affecting parts of CT Segments 7 and 8 . . . . . https://coloradotrail.org/ct-detour-at-copper-mountain/ North of Monarch Pass: 3.2-mile detour on the CT Collegiate West, CW05 . . . . . https://coloradotrail.org/closure-detour-near-monarch-pass-2019/ FIRE BANS ETC Fire bans are in […]

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CT travelers are reporting near-ideal conditions along The Colorado Trail. Photo in CT Segment 23 is thanks to bikepacker Colin Hughes.

CT Conditions 2019 Sept 3

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – September 3. FIRE Wildfire near CT Segments 4 and 5 east of Kenosha Pass: Firefighters have gained on containment. This wildfire, first reported on Monday August 26, is maybe 2 miles north northeast from the division between CT Segments 4 and 5. Smoke and flames have died down […]

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Shawnee Peak Fire area closure notice is issued August 29 by USFS. Closed area does not affect the CT and is a couple miles north of CT Segs 4 and 5.

Shawnee Peak Fire Update August 29

UPDATED AUG 31 – For Shawnee Peak Fire (50% containment now, WooHoo!!) the USFS authorities issued a formal area closure and it does not include any part of The Colorado Trail, none of the Trail and none of the trailheads. The closure area is a couple miles north of CT Segments 4 and 5. See […]

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Shawnee Peak Fire began Aug 26th near CT Segments 4 and 5. Photo thanks to KOAA News5.

CT Conditions 2019 August 27

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – August 27. FIRE Wildfire near CT Segments 4 and 5 east of Kenosha Pass: first reported on Monday August 26, this SERIOUS WILDFIRE is maybe 2 miles north northeast from the division between CT Segments 4 and 5. Huge smoke. EXPECT CHANGES, STAY ALERT (LINK BELOW) AND BE […]

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CT Segment 25 taken July 29th and contributed by bikepacker, Robert Umland.

CT Conditions 2019 August 13

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – August 13. SNOWPACK . . . . . For HIKERS and CYCLISTS, the CT became “Passable” end to end on August 6th. “PASSABLE” indicates easily snow-passable, that enough has melted to no longer be overly arduous or hazardous, and without snow-related navigation challenges. . . . . . […]

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CT Conditions 2019 August 6

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – August 6. Closure info at the bottom; avalanche too; read this top to bottom. SNOWPACK (drumroll . . . ) . . . . . For HIKERS and CYCLISTS, the CT is now “Passable” end to end. (If you listen closely you might hear a bunch of people […]

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Taken on July 29th above Cottonwood Pass alongside the Trail in CW03. Photo thanks to Mal Sillars.

CT Conditions 2019 July 30

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – July 30. Closure info at the bottom; avalanche too; read this top to bottom. SNOWPACK Substantially melted but there’s still some remaining snow. It’s improving quickly, but this is the latest melt-out (by 2-3 weeks) in the history of The Colorado Trail. Informed guesswork continues below, thanks to […]

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A little snow remains as of July 23, 2019. This 2018 photo thanks to Alex Mandrila.

CT Conditions 2019 July 23

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – July 23. Closure info at the bottom; avalanche too. SNOWPACK Substantially melted but there’s still some remaining snowpack. It’s improving quickly. Informed guesswork continues below, thanks to user and volunteer reports including some with detail. “PASSABLE” indicates that, in our view, it has become easily snow-passable, that enough […]

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Backpacker encounters avalanche debris above Silverton in CT Segment 24, Elk Creek.

Snowpack 2019 and Buried Trail

Trail Tip Tuesday – SNOWPACK and BURIED TRAIL – May 21, 2019. We’re upbeat about the 2019 trail season for The Colorado Trail. CT travelers will experience great adventure, likely enhanced by this season’s unusual challenges of deeper than normal snowpack and Trail buried by avalanche debris. No doubt, for distance travelers (including thru-hikers) the […]

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Kerrie Neet easily crossing Cochetopa Creek in July. Photo by Ray Kenny.

2019 Deep Snowpack and Swollen Creeks

Trail Tip Tuesday – 2019 DEEP SNOWPACK and SWOLLEN CREEKS – April 9, 2019. Given that it’s early April, it is impossible to know for sure how this spring’s super-deep snowpack, averaging around 150% of average, will affect The Colorado Trail this summer. But it is a good guess that the deep snow will eventually mean […]

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