Current Conditions

2022 Maildrop – Consider UPS-Brown or FedEx

2022 Maildrop – Consider UPS-Brown or FedEx If you are planning to ship yourself any resupply boxes this trail season, consider sending them UPS-Brown or FedEx. (Not USPS.) Reports from maildrop locations are that boxes being sent via the United States Postal Service including Priority Mail are not being delivered in a timely manner. The […]

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Colorado Trail updates are on the CTF Blog Page

ColoradoTrail.org Blog Page Info

Posted May 17, 2021 – If you are wanting Updated Info about The Colorado Trail, check out the CTF BLOG. Included are trail updates, snowpack conditions, tips and more. https://coloradotrail.org/blog/  

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The 2017 Peak 2 Fire Closed CT Segment 7

Stove Choice and Fire Bans

Posted May 12, 2022 – STOVE CHOICE AND FIRE BANS ON THE CT. In brief: Allowed stoves have on-off valves, including the canister gas stoves most CT travelers choose. Prohibited stoves lack an on-off valve, including alcohol stoves and also twig and esbit stoves. More detail: Most of the long-distance and overnight travelers on The […]

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Starting in Denver at Waterton Canyon

Waterton Canyon Weekday Closure May 2022

Updated May 25, 2022 – WATERTON REOPENED EARLY (STARTING TUE 5/24/22) Weekday access to Waterton Canyon will be closed Monday May 16 through Friday May 27 for Denver Water’s annual dust mitigation project. Neither the parking lot at the canyon’s entrance nor the canyon will be accessible during this time. Waterton Canyon will remain open […]

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Early season snowpack can be a challenge.

Segment Snowpack-Passable Norms 2022

Posted May 3, 2022 – AVERAGE SNOWPACK-PASSABLE DATES – When do Colorado Trail segments normally become snowpack passable? Here at the CT Foundation, we have studied this carefully. Below you’ll see the Average Melt-Off Dates when each segment might become passable. This ‘snowpack passable,’ to us, means not overly arduous or hazardous due to remaining […]

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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 2021 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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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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