Avalanche debris fields in CT Segment 24 await hikers. Photo thanks to Avery Williamson.

Avalanche Debris in CT Segment 24

Posted February 25, 2020 THIS REMAINS TRUE FOR THE 2021 TRAIL SEASON – In Segment 24 of The Colorado Trail, there are large, avalanche debris fields that will be unavoidable all 2020 Trail season and beyond. The CTF has volunteer efforts scheduled again this year but completing this work to cut and dig through all […]

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The CT Guidebook (9th edition) and Databook (7th Edition) have both proven useful to CT travelers.

Guides Current for 2020

Posted February 11, 2020 – CURRENT EDITION OF THE GUIDES. Proven as helpful to nearly all CT travelers are the CT Guidebook and CT Databook. The Guidebook is more comprehensive, includes road access information, and is good for trip planning. Because it is so big and heavy, most purchasers choose to leave the Guidebook with […]

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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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Phone app for The Colorado Trail (and more) by Atlas "Guthook" Guides.

CT Phone App from Atlas “Guthook” Guides

Posted March 12, 2019 THIS REMAINS TRUE EVERY YEAR – By Jerry Brown, Bear Creek Survey, March 2019: Last summer I accomplished my seventh thru of The Colorado Trail and updated trail data for Atlas “Guthook” Guides. I took 1,465 geo-referenced photographs of the Trail’s waypoints including water sources, intersections, signs, trailheads, and just about […]

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First Edition Colorado Trail Databook, 1999.

The Colorado Trail Databook New and Old

Posted March 8, 2019 – Nearly all Colorado Trail travelers carry the CT Databook. Mile by mile it describes the route including the water sources that are so essential to replenish supply and stay hydrated. You’ll see people referring to it often. As the Trail has changed over the years, so has the CT Databook. […]

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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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Training for a long hike

Super important, training beforehand ups your likelihood of success. Hike hills (even stairs) up and down. Ramp up mileage & elevation. Ease into carrying your pack, increasing the weight. Tread on irregular trail surfaces (if possible). Train your feet and dial your footwear. Strengthen your ankles, legs, butt and back. Overnight with your gear and […]

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Focus On Footwear

Very important during training for Colorado Trail trips, that you dial-in your shoes (and socks). Avoid blisters if you can; they make hiking much harder to enjoy. Find the right fit, roominess, and breathability (etc) that works best for your feet. Well in advance of your trip, try different shoes until you have some winners. Then […]

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Trail marker nearly engulfed in snow.

Snowpack Norms

TRAIL TIP TUESDAY…SNOWPACK FREE, WHEN..? No sure thing, but Colorado Trail experience gives us date guidance. Here’s when different places on the CT might be ‘snowpassable,’ meaning not too arduous or hazardous: Segs 1-3: mid-May Segs 4, 5, 11, 14, 17, 18: mid-June Segs 6-10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19-28: July 1st Segs CW01-CW05: early-mid July

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