Snow conditions along The Colorado Trail, Segment 12, on May 6, 2019.

Snowpack 2019 and Starting Too Early

Snowpack Conditions 2019 May 7 – A spring snowstorm is in the forecast for the next few days. It’s likely to drop maybe a foot of new snow in the Colorado mountains including along The Colorado Trail. This is pretty normal for early May and it is likely this new snow will melt fairly quickly. […]

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Avalanche slide path and debris near Buena Vista affecting Colorado Trail Segment 13

Snowpack 2019 and Avalanche Efforts

Snowpack Conditions 2019 April 30 – Though Segments 1, 2 and 3 have been passable (snow free) for weeks now, today’s April/May snowstorm might make them impassable again, as up to 15 inches of snow is in the forecast for the foothills and even more in the high country. Not to worry, though, because recent […]

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Thru-hiker struggling in deep snowpack on north-facing and tree-shaded slopes.

Snowpack 2019 and the word “Passable”

Posted April 23, 2019 – It’s late April and snowpack questions about The Colorado Trail are becoming more numerous. Recent CTF blogs have discussed some of the related aspects including start dates, swollen creeks and avalanche impacts. In coming weeks we will try passing along the volunteer and user reports we see and hear as […]

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

2019 Deep Snowpack and Swollen Creeks

Posted 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 creeks that are swollen beyond the norm. Swifter […]

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Remaining snowpack challenges and slows a thru-hike.

2019 Deep Snowpack Start Dates

Posted April 2, 2019 – Given that April has just begun, it is impossible to know for sure how the super-deep snowpack this spring, averaging around 150% of average, will affect The Colorado Trail this summer. But we have some good guesses and we’ll begin sharing them on Tuesdays starting right now. Guessing the deep […]

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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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CT Hikers enjoying their trip.

Shuttlers for The Colorado Trail

Posted March 5, 2019 – 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 […]

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Bikepacking the CT makes author cry

Posted January 4, 2019 – Elevation Outdoors magazine, a newsprint magazine distributed for free, published “Over the Mountain There Are More Mountains” by Michael Henry. “When I finally glimpsed the golden ribbon of Stony Pass Road I was so overcome with joy I admit I cried. My spent muscles trembled with adrenaline and I pedaled […]

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Travelers will attain some high elevations along The Colorado Trail.

Acclimatizing to Altitude for The Colorado Trail

Trail Tip Tuesday – ACCLIMATIZING. Most people can acclimate with time. A very few people cannot; some have underlying medical conditions that may or may not be diagnosed, but these are not that common. Plan your trip so that, after you fly into Denver, stay in a mountain town that is about 8,000-9,000 feet high […]

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