Traveling the CT

Closure Map CW05 north of Monarch Pass.

Closure & Detour Near Monarch Pass – 2019

CT CW05 Detour near Monarch Pass AUG 22 – SEP 30, 2019 Affecting the co-located CDNST and the Collegiate West route on The Colorado Trail (CT) this closure is due to a tree cutting and helicopter removal project to mitigate hazards caused by the beetle endemic. It is immediately above Monarch Mountain Ski Area. Please […]

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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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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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Kerrie Neet easily crossing Cochetopa Creek in July. Photo by Ray Kenny.

2019 Deep Snowpack and Swollen Creeks

Trail Tip Tuesday – 2019 DEEP SNOWPACK and SWOLLEN CREEKS – April 9, 2019. Given that it’s early April, it is impossible to know for sure how this spring’s super-deep snowpack, averaging around 150% of average, will affect The Colorado Trail this summer. But it is a good guess that the deep snow will eventually mean […]

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Consider Shuttling at the Start.

Consider Shuttling at the Start

Here’s a useful Colorado Trail tip about shuttling. If you’re planning a one-way Trail trip and you’re needing a shuttle to or from your vehicle, consider leaving your car at your end point, where you’ll finish. Arrange with your shuttler to meet you there and have them shuttle you to your start point. Beginning your […]

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

CT Phone App from Atlas “Guthook” Guides

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 any other thing that would help hikers navigate the trail. […]

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First Edition Colorado Trail Databook, 1999.

The Colorado Trail Databook New and Old

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. It is now in Edition […]

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CT Hikers enjoying their trip.

Shuttlers for The Colorado Trail

The Colorado Trail Foundation maintains a contact list of known, current shuttle drivers – both individuals and businesses – in the Denver metro area and in towns all along the Trail, who have offered to help travelers get to and from trailheads along the CT and have allowed their contact info to be shared upon […]

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