Current Conditions

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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Avalanche debris covering Colorado Trail segment 13 near the Avalanche Gulch Trailhead west of Buena Vista.

Snowpack 2019 and Avalanche Impacts

Trail Tip Tuesday – 2019 DEEP SNOWPACK and AVALANCHE IMPACTS – April 16, 2019. Given that it’s mid-April now, it is impossible to know for sure all the ways this spring’s super-deep snowpack, averaging around 150% of average, will affect The Colorado Trail this summer. Our guesses include later start dates for distance travelers and […]

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Cottonwood Pass Road closed in 2018

This 2018 road closure will affect many who will travel The Colorado Trail (CT). West of Buena Vista and affecting all CT Collegiate West (CW) travelers the entire 2018 trail season, Cottonwood Pass Road will be closed. NOT A HARDSHIP FOR MOST CT USERS. While this will impact CT users, primarily those traveling the CW, […]

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Fire Restrictions

Fire bans along The Colorado Trail are the reality nearly every Trail season. But 2018 is already unusual given the drought conditions, especially severe along the southern half of the CT. FIRE BANS START MAY 1. Earlier in the year than normal, fire restrictions begin today, May 1, on the entire San Juan National Forest. […]

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