Snowpack

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 […]

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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

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 […]

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

CT Conditions 2019 August 13

Tuesday Blog Post – 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. . . . . . […]

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CT Conditions 2019 August 6

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – August 6. Closure info at the bottom; avalanche too; read this top to bottom. SNOWPACK (drumroll . . . ) . . . . . For HIKERS and CYCLISTS, the CT is now “Passable” end to end. (If you listen closely you might hear a bunch of people […]

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Taken on July 29th above Cottonwood Pass alongside the Trail in CW03. Photo thanks to Mal Sillars.

CT Conditions 2019 July 30

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – July 30. Closure info at the bottom; avalanche too; read this top to bottom. SNOWPACK Substantially melted but there’s still some remaining snow. It’s improving quickly, but this is the latest melt-out (by 2-3 weeks) in the history of The Colorado Trail. Informed guesswork continues below, thanks to […]

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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

Tuesday Blog Post – 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 […]

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

CT Conditions 2019 July 16

Tuesday Blog Post – 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 […]

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

Snowpack 2019 and Buried Trail

Trail Tip Tuesday – SNOWPACK and BURIED TRAIL – May 21, 2019. 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 […]

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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

Trail Tip Tuesday – 2019 DEEP SNOWPACK and AVALANCHE IMPACTS – 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 […]

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