The Trail

Waterton Canyon Reopening 7 Days a Week beginning July 6, 2020

Waterton Now Open 7 Days but No Overnight Parking

Great news. Beginning July 6, 2020, Waterton Canyon, the trail, is OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK. Now Open 7 Days A Week (the canyon and trail are fairly normal *, opening a half hour before sunrise and closing a half hour after sunset) No Overnight Parking No Potable Water (canyon spigots/fountains are off; river water […]

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Fishing License Required to travel in Colorado State Wildlife Areas

Segment 12 Fishing License Needed

A license is now required to travel a tiny fraction of The Colorado Trail (CT). Here are the details. It affects those who travel CT Segment 12 from mile 0.0 to 0.5 (part of the CT Collegiate East) as the Trail passes through the Clear Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area (SWA). It will impact CT […]

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Do your part to keep The Colorado Trail hiker friendly.

Keeping the CT Hiker Friendly

Most of the service providers along The Colorado Trail have long been ‘hiker friendly.’ Merchants and others are usually pretty nice to CT travelers whether they’re hikers, cyclists, or horse riders. And it goes both ways; we think the vast majority of Trail travelers treat service providers well. In recent years at the CT Foundation, […]

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The famed 28 switchbacks between Elk Creek and the Continental Divide in Segment 24 of The Colorado Trail. Photo Cornelius Friesen

Switchbacks on The Colorado Trail

Recently a distance hiker brought up switchbacks on the CT as well as the relatively gentle Trail grades. Making a comparison with another long trail, he wrote that he liked switchbacks. The subject of switchbacks takes us way back to the very beginning of The Colorado Trail. Foresters and volunteers alike wanted a relatively gentle […]

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Waterton Canyon closure began March 18, 2020 due to COVID-19

Waterton Canyon Closure due to COVID-19

Update – Waterton Canyon Reopened July 6, 2020. See notice here.   CLOSED. Sadly…WATERTON CANYON IS CLOSED. According to officials with Denver Water, the PARKING AND TRAIL CLOSURE BEGAN WED MARCH 18, 2020. It will remain closed (gated and patrolled) until further notice. REASON. According to CTF supporter Bobbie Hickman’s friend who works for Denver […]

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The 2020 CTF Trail Crew Schedule

Summer Trail Crews Now Live

Volunteer on a Trail Crew this summer. Give back and have fun! We need you. Here are the links: Exciting here at the CTF, we’ve recently mailed and posted online (it’s mobile friendly!) our Trail Crew Schedule. Please take a look at these work parties. You simply gaining a sense for the Trail […]

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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

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 4 very large debris piles […]

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For 314 miles (of the 567 mile total), The Colorado Trail is co-located with the CDNST, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Spectacular! Books and maps often indicate where it’s co-located, including the CT Databook and Map Books. CT users traveling southbound will meet the co-located section in CT Segment 6 atop Georgia Pass, stay on it when they […]

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