Current Conditions

The Colorado Trail in Segment 23 above Silverton. Photo Brian Pierce

Characteristics of The Colorado Trail (vs. the AT)

UPDATED AUGUST 7, 2021 Posted April 7, 2020 –   The Colorado Trail (CT) has its own set of characteristics. Some of these will be of particular interest to travelers who’ve already experienced one or more of the other long trails. Because it is common for Appalachian Trail (AT) users to become interested in the […]

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Detour Topo Map

July 1 – July 14 Monarch Ski Area Detour

From July 1 through July 14 2021, the CT and CDNST section through the Monarch Mountain Ski Area will temporarily involve a 3.16 mile (1.58 additional mile) detour to allow for timber removal operations to occur. You can find complete information about this detour in the PDF here: Monarch Ski Area Reroute Info and Map […]

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Fire Bans Affect the Entire Colorado Trail

Fire Bans in 2021

EDITED JUNE 19 AS TO WHITE GAS STOVES. Posted June 18,2021 – CT Fire Bans have been instituted; expect them all Trail season. – A reality nearly every Trail season, FIRE BANS affecting large portions of The Colorado Trail have already been put in place by Counties and the U.S. Forest Service. More will surely […]

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The 2017 Peak 2 Fire Closed CT Segment 7

Stove Choice and Fire Bans 2021

Posted April 13, 2021 – STOVE CHOICE AND FIRE BANS ON THE CT 2021. Most of the long-distance travelers on The Colorado Trail will carry a backpacking stove. It is smart to keep in mind that the Colorado mountain environment is very dry, much drier than on some other long trails. Be ultra-careful with all […]

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Early season snowpack can be a challenge.

Segment Snowpack-Passable Norms 2021

Posted April 6, 2021 – SNOWPACK PASSABLE, WHEN..? What’s below is not a sure thing as it varies year to year. But Colorado Trail experience gives the CTF some guidance on the ‘good most years’ segment melt-off dates and when each might become passable. This ‘snowpack passable,’ to us, means not overly arduous or hazardous […]

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Snowpack can challenge a distance trip a lot.

Snowpack Melt Dates 2021

Posted April 1, 2021 – SNOWPACK MELT DATES are unpredictable. A frequently asked question is, “When is the snowpack going to be melted off The Colorado Trail?” There is no simple answer. The widely varying elevations, 5522 to 13271 feet above sea level, play a huge role as does the hillside aspect and tree shading. […]

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Waterton Canyon Reopening 7 Days a Week beginning July 6, 2020

Waterton Now Open 7 Days but No Overnight Parking

Posted July 9, 2020 LIKELY IN 2021 THIS WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED – Great news. Beginning July 6, 2020, Waterton Canyon, the trail, is OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK. Now Open 7 Days A Week (the canyon and trail are fairly normal *, opening a half hour before sunrise and closing a half hour after sunset) […]

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Little Snow Remains . All Passable as of June 30 2020

Snowpack 2020 … All Passable as of June 30

Posted June 30, 2020 – Snowpack 2020 … All Passable as of June 30 SNOWPACK FINAL TUESDAY JUNE 30, 2020 (Summary: Entire CT including the Collegiate West is ‘Snowpack Passable.’ Read details below.) PASSABLE! Snowpack-wise, this means you can get through whatever snow is left without it being overly arduous or unsafe. HOW MUCH SNOW […]

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Fire Bans Affect the Entire Colorado Trail

2020 FIRE BANS Affect the Entire CT

Posted June 24, 2020 – CT Fire Bans are End To End and All Season Long – A reality nearly every Trail season, this year due in part to the Coronavirus pandemic, FIRE BANS affecting the entire Colorado Trail were put in place in April by the U.S. Forest Service. Authorities expect these to last […]

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Colorado Trail updates are on the CTF Blog Page Blog Page Info

Posted June 23, 2020 THIS REMAINS TRUE EVERY YEAR – If you are wanting Updated Info about The Colorado Trail, check out the CTF BLOG. Included are trail updates, snowpack conditions, Covid information, tips and more.  

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