In Segment 24 of The Colorado Trail, CTF Volunteer, Ron Dudek, helps other Adopter volunteers improve the friendliness of one of four avalanche debris crossings.

Avalanche Debris Segment 24

Posted July 29, 2019 – In Segment 24 of The Colorado Trail, there are acres of unavoidable avalanche debris. It will be there all Trail season. Hikers should each choose whether or not to travel Seg 24 depending on their willingness to incur the extra risk involved in crossing the avalanche debris piles. There are […]

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A little snow remains as of July 23, 2019. This 2018 photo thanks to Alex Mandrila.

CT Conditions 2019 July 23

Conditions 2019 July 23 – Closure info at the bottom; avalanche too. SNOWPACK Substantially melted but there’s still some remaining snowpack. It’s improving quickly. Informed guesswork continues below, thanks to user and volunteer reports including some with detail. “PASSABLE” indicates that, in our view, it has become easily snow-passable, that enough has melted to no […]

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Approaching Cottonwood Pass in CW02, some snowpack remains. Photo thanks to Jim Collins.

CT Conditions 2019 July 16

Conditions 2019 July 16 – SNOWPACK Backcountry guesswork continues below, thanks to user and volunteer reports including some with detail. “PASSABLE” indicates that, in our view, it has become it easily snow-passable, that enough has melted to no longer be overly arduous or hazardous, and without snow-related navigation challenges. Segs 1-5 passable (no snow left) […]

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July 7 2019 on Segment 8 thanks to Jim Collins.

CT Conditions 2019 July 9

Conditions 2019 July 9 – SNOWPACK Great news! Melt-off of this year’s record snow has progressed and even more of the CT is passable. Guesswork continues below, thanks to wonderful user and volunteer reports. “PASSABLE” refers to whether we consider it easily snow-passable, indicating that enough has melted to no longer be overly arduous or […]

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Map of the 2019 CT detour in the Copper Mountain area.

CT Detour at Copper Mountain

Posted July 6, 2019 – DETOUR, here’s info about a two-mile, temporary detour at Copper Mountain affecting small portions of CT Segments 7 and 8. The detour starts at Segment 7, mile 12.8 (from-Denver mile 117.2) where the CT meets the Summit County Rec Path. (See photos. Note detour sign with CT and CDT markers.) […]

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Increasingly passable, this year's record-deep snowpack is melting. This photo thanks to Peter Bassinger is of CT Segment 25 near Molas Pass above Silverton.

Snowpack 2019 Increasingly Passable

Conditions 2019 July 2 – Guesswork here. Building on recent blog posts, these guesses are based on user reports, etc. “Passable” refers to remaining snowpack and indicates that enough has melted to no longer be overly arduous or hazardous, and without snow-related navigation challenges. Segs 1-5 passable (no snowpack left) Seg 6 Breckenridge side of […]

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Photo thanks to Jesse Jakomait. Taken on June 23, he wrote, "Here is Rolling Pass on Sunday!" CT Segment 25 above Silverton.

Snowpack 2019 and the Hardcores

Snowpack Conditions 2019 June 25 – Guesswork based on user reports follows. “Passable” relates to remaining snowpack and that enough has melted to no longer be overly arduous or hazardous, and without snow-related navigation challenges. Segs 1-5 all passable (no snowpack left) Seg 6 high elevations impassable (maybe 7 miles of deep snow left, especially […]

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Deep snow remains at higher elevations on The Colorado Trail. This taken June 14, 2019 above Silverton at the top of Molas Pass, CT Segment 25.

Snowpack 2019 and Details

Snowpack Conditions 2019 June 18 – Segs 1-5 PASSABLE (tiny snow remains) Seg 6-10 not passable (lengthy & deep snow up high) Seg 11 PASSABLE Segs 12-13 not passable (snow up high still) Seg 14 PASSABLE (no snow left) Seg 15-17 not passable (lengthy and deep snow in places) Segs 18-19 PASSABLE (swollen creek ford […]

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Shallower place to ford Cochetopa Creek in Segment 19 is shown here.

Snowpack 2019 and Segment 19 Creek Ford

Snowpack Conditions 2019 June 11 – The melt is on! More segments have become passable. The end-to-end CT segments we consider snow passable are Segments 1, 2, 3, 4 (yes 4), 5, 11, 14, 18 and 19. Guessing it will be weeks yet before other segments become easily snow passable. The June 3-14 weekdays Waterton […]

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The 2019 Trail season snowpack is much deeper than the norm. Start dates are being pushed back.

Snowpack 2019 and Early Start Thru Travel

Snowpack Conditions 2019 June 4 – Deep snow still exists along much of The Colorado Trail. But warmer weather has arrived, including mountain lows above freezing, and the snow is starting to melt. The end-to-end CT segments we consider snow passable are Segments 1, 2, 3, 5, 14 and 18. Segment 19 is also passable […]

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