Current Conditions

Storm Clouds on The Colorado Trail Collegiate West near Cottonwood Pass. Photo Dean Krakel

Looking Forward: The CT Season and Coronavirus

March is turning to April and there are many coronavirus restrictions now in place. The Colorado Trail season – chiefly July, August and September – is still a bit distant. So, what does this all mean for CT distance-trip planners? Here at The Colorado Trail Foundation, we don’t have the answer. But below are some […]

Read More
Waterton Canyon closure began March 18, 2020 due to COVID-19

Waterton Canyon Closure due to COVID-19

CLOSED. Sadly…WATERTON CANYON IS CLOSED. According to officials with Denver Water, the CLOSURE BEGAN WED MARCH 18. It will remain closed until further notice. REASON. According to CTF supporter Bobbie Hickman’s friend who works for Denver Water, the reason for the closure is that there had been a significant increase in Canyon recreators which elevated […]

Read More
Slippery travel can await CT folks who start early.

Season for The Colorado Trail

Suppose you’re planning to travel a lengthy distance on the CT this summer. When should you start? Our suggestion for distance travel is to START NO EARLIER THAN JULY 1 when, most years, the high elevation snowpack has substantially melted off. A July 1 or later start will typically trim the snow travel to a […]

Read More
Segment 11 on Sept 14 in 2017 thanks to CTF Ops Manager, Brent Adams.

CT Conditions 2019 Sept 24

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – September 24. 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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
During his thru-bikepacking, Colin Hughes took this in CT Segment 23 near Cataract Lake above Silverton.

CT Conditions 2019 Sept 10

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – September 10. 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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
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 […]

Read More
CT travelers encounter others in Segment 25 near Molas Pass above Silverton.

CT Conditions 2019 August 20

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – August 20. 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/ AVALANCHE RELATED Seg 7 avalanche debris zones […]

Read More