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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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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CT Conditions 2019 August 6

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 cheering. We think this […]

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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

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 user and volunteer reports […]

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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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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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