Slippery travel can await CT folks who start early.

Season for The Colorado Trail

Posted February 18, 2020 THIS REMAINS TRUE EVERY YEAR – 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 […]

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

CT Conditions 2019 Sept 24

Conditions 2019 on 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 place: 2019 has seen […]

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

CT Conditions 2019 Sept 17

Conditions 2019 on 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 place: Some counties […]

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

CT Conditions 2019 Sept 10

Conditions 2019 on 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 place: Multiple counties […]

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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

Conditions 2019 on 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 significantly. No part […]

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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

Posted August 29, 2019 – 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. […]

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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

Conditions 2019 on 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 SAFE. Right now […]

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

CT Conditions 2019 August 20

Conditions 2019 on 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 cleared or improved […]

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Closure Map CW05 north of Monarch Pass.

Closure & Detour Near Monarch Pass – 2019

Posted September 30, 2019 – DETOUR ENDED ON SEPT 25. CT Collegiate West travelers can resume following the normal CT/CDNST route. Affecting the co-located CDNST and the Collegiate West route on The Colorado Trail (CT) this closure is due to a tree cutting and helicopter removal project to mitigate hazards caused by the beetle endemic. […]

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

CT Conditions 2019 August 13

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. . . . . . For HORSES or LLAMAS […]

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