In Elk Creek, CT Segment 24, the Trail (foreground) disappears beneath avalanche debris maybe 30 feet high.

Snowpack 2019 and Avalanche News Feature

Snowpack Conditions 2019 May 28 – Unusual winter-like conditions still exist along much of The Colorado Trail. Another snowstorm came through last week and temperatures remain unusually cool, slowing the snow melt. The CT segments we consider snow passable are still (only) Segments 1, 2, 3, 5, and 14. Avalanches, more numerous and larger this […]

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Backpacker encounters avalanche debris above Silverton in CT Segment 24, Elk Creek.

Snowpack 2019 and Buried Trail

Snowpack Conditions 2019 May 21 – 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 2019 trail season will start later […]

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Along the CT a May storm covers spring snowpack with new snow.

Snowpack 2019 and “Mountaineering”

Snowpack Conditions 2019 May 14 – Mid May now and another portion of The Colorado Trail has become snowpack “passable,” meaning it has melted enough to where it is not overly arduous or hazardous for the average CT user to pass through, for example, on a lengthy hike, bike or horse ride. Thanks to intrepid […]

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Snow conditions along The Colorado Trail, Segment 12, on May 6, 2019.

Snowpack 2019 and Starting Too Early

Snowpack Conditions 2019 May 7 – A spring snowstorm is in the forecast for the next few days. It’s likely to drop maybe a foot of new snow in the Colorado mountains including along The Colorado Trail. This is pretty normal for early May and it is likely this new snow will melt fairly quickly. […]

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Avalanche slide path and debris near Buena Vista affecting Colorado Trail Segment 13

Snowpack 2019 and Avalanche Efforts

Snowpack Conditions 2019 April 30 – Though Segments 1, 2 and 3 have been passable (snow free) for weeks now, today’s April/May snowstorm might make them impassable again, as up to 15 inches of snow is in the forecast for the foothills and even more in the high country. Not to worry, though, because recent […]

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Thru-hiker struggling in deep snowpack on north-facing and tree-shaded slopes.

Snowpack 2019 and the word “Passable”

Posted April 23, 2019 – It’s late April and snowpack questions about The Colorado Trail are becoming more numerous. Recent CTF blogs have discussed some of the related aspects including start dates, swollen creeks and avalanche impacts. In coming weeks we will try passing along the volunteer and user reports we see and hear as […]

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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

Posted 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 swollen creeks running stronger and longer than normal, both […]

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Remaining snowpack challenges and slows a thru-hike.

2019 Deep Snowpack Start Dates

Posted April 2, 2019 – Given that April has just begun, it is impossible to know for sure how the super-deep snowpack this spring, averaging around 150% of average, will affect The Colorado Trail this summer. But we have some good guesses and we’ll begin sharing them on Tuesdays starting right now. Guessing the deep […]

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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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