Trip Planning

Waterton Canyon Closure – October 10 -13, 2022

Updated October 5, 2022 – WATERTON CLOSED October 10-13, 2022 Weekday access to Waterton Canyon will be closed Monday, October 10 through Thursday, October 13 for work by Aurora Water.  Neither the parking lot at the canyon’s entrance nor the canyon will be accessible during this time. WATERTON ALTERNATIVES. Those wanting to travel CT Segment […]

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Ursack / Opsak combo works well for many CT travelers.

2022 Food Storage Reminder

As a result of unconfirmed reports of active bears in the area, the South Platte Ranger District has asked us to remind all Colorado Trail users to please use food storage when on the trail at all times, and specifically between Segments 1 – 4, where the activity has been reported. Proper food storage includes […]

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2022 Maildrop – Consider UPS-Brown or FedEx

2022 Maildrop – Consider UPS-Brown or FedEx If you are planning to ship yourself any resupply boxes this trail season, consider sending them UPS-Brown or FedEx. (Not USPS.) Reports from maildrop locations are that boxes being sent via the United States Postal Service including Priority Mail are not being delivered in a timely manner. The […]

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Bear eyeballs hiker food along The Colorado Trail

Bear Problems Happen Every Trail Season

Posted May 19, 2022 – Every single Trail season, bear problems happen along The Colorado Trail. Now in my 17th year as Executive Director with the CT Foundation, I cannot remember a trail season without reports like, ‘yeah, the bear got our food and shredded my bag.’ This is one reason the CTF recommends that […]

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Colorado Trail updates are on the CTF Blog Page

ColoradoTrail.org Blog Page Info

Posted May 17, 2021 – If you are wanting Updated Info about The Colorado Trail, check out the CTF BLOG. Included are trail updates, snowpack conditions, tips and more. https://coloradotrail.org/blog/  

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The 2017 Peak 2 Fire Closed CT Segment 7

Stove Choice and Fire Bans

Posted May 12, 2022 – STOVE CHOICE AND FIRE BANS ON THE CT. In brief: Allowed stoves have on-off valves, including the canister gas stoves most CT travelers choose. Prohibited stoves lack an on-off valve, including alcohol stoves and also twig and esbit stoves. More detail: Most of the long-distance and overnight travelers on The […]

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treating water from a stream

Water Source Info and the Guides

Water sources are abundant along most of The Colorado Trail. To keep from getting dehydrated and to plan how much water they carry along each stretch, trail users will need a guide. The guides with particularly good water source information are the ones most CT folks choose, the FarOut app, formerly Guthook, and the CT […]

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Starting in Denver at Waterton Canyon

Waterton Canyon Weekday Closure May 2022

Updated May 25, 2022 – WATERTON REOPENED EARLY (STARTING TUE 5/24/22) Weekday access to Waterton Canyon will be closed Monday May 16 through Friday May 27 for Denver Water’s annual dust mitigation project. Neither the parking lot at the canyon’s entrance nor the canyon will be accessible during this time. Waterton Canyon will remain open […]

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Early season snowpack can be a challenge.

Segment Snowpack-Passable Norms 2022

Posted May 3, 2022 – AVERAGE SNOWPACK-PASSABLE DATES – When do Colorado Trail segments normally become snowpack passable? Here at the CT Foundation, we have studied this carefully. Below you’ll see the Average Melt-Off Dates when each segment might become passable. This ‘snowpack passable,’ to us, means not overly arduous or hazardous due to remaining […]

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The Colorado Trail in Segment 23 above Silverton. Photo Brian Pierce

Characteristics of The Colorado Trail (vs. the AT)

UPDATED AUGUST 7, 2021 Posted April 7, 2020 –   The Colorado Trail (CT) has its own set of characteristics. Some of these will be of particular interest to travelers who’ve already experienced one or more of the other long trails. Because it is common for Appalachian Trail (AT) users to become interested in the […]

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