Along the CT a May storm covers spring snowpack with new snow.

CT Season Including Coronavirus April 28

Posted April 28, 2020 – The season for long distance travel on The Colorado Trail (July, August and September) is still a bit distant. Because many of you have been planning your CT trip, here is an update. As we’ve become more and more familiar with this information, we try to pass it along to […]

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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

Posted April 21, 2020 – 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 […]

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Nearing Durango - Success on The Colorado Trail

Training for The Colorado Trail

Posted April 14, 2020 – There’s great value in training for the CT, especially for longer excursions. We have learned this through our own experiences and communicating with many Trail travelers. Training beforehand can prevent injury and improves the chance your CT trip will succeed. Even right now with all the current COVID realities, if […]

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Storm Clouds on The Colorado Trail Collegiate West near Cottonwood Pass. Photo Dean Krakel

Looking Forward: The CT Season and Coronavirus

Posted March 31, 2020 – March is turning to April and there are many coronavirus restrictions now in place. The Colorado Trail season – chiefly July, August and September – is still a bit distant. So, what does this all mean for CT distance-trip planners? Here at The Colorado Trail Foundation, we don’t have the […]

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Segment 27 on The Colorado Trail between Silverton and Durango

Reassessing a CT Distance-Trip given Coronavirus

Posted March 24, 2020 – Here at The Colorado Trail Foundation we’re wanting to share a bit more on thru- or distance-travel planning relative to the Coronavirus situation. Given that the season for The Colorado Trail is primarily July–September and many weeks away considering we’re still in March, we’re finding it hard to know what […]

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

Waterton Canyon Closure due to COVID-19

Posted March 18, 2020 – 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 […]

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CT Segment CW01 south of Twin Lakes in August 2019, thanks to Brian Pierce.

Coronavirus and Summer 2020 on The Colorado Trail

Posted March 17, 2020 – Now in mid-March with such broad impacts of the Coronavirus, what should 2020 Colorado Trail planners be thinking about? Here at the CT Foundation, we are mindful of many virus-related considerations but we are having a hard time forecasting into July, August and September, the heart of the Trail season. […]

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dog with backpacks

Traveling the CT with a Dog

Posted March 10, 2020 THIS REMAINS TRUE EVERY TRAIL SEASON – Quite a percentage of you CT distance travelers are planning the trip with your dog(s). Some dog travelers have a successful CT trip and they complete the Trail with their pooch. The CTF has even delivered some Completion Certificates for dogs and we smile […]

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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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Slippery travel can await CT folks who start early.

Season for The Colorado Trail

Posted February 18, 2020 THIS REMAINS TRUE EVERY YEAR – Suppose you’re planning to travel a lengthy distance on the CT this summer. When should you start? Our suggestion for distance travel is to START NO EARLIER THAN JULY 1 when, most years, the high elevation snowpack has substantially melted off. A July 1 or […]

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