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Increasingly passable, this year's record-deep snowpack is melting. This photo thanks to Peter Bassinger is of CT Segment 25 near Molas Pass above Silverton.

Snowpack 2019 Increasingly Passable

Trail Tip Tuesday Blog Post – SNOWPACK INCREASINGLY PASSABLE – July 2, 2019. Guesswork here. Building on recent blog posts, these guesses are based on user reports, etc. “Passable” refers to remaining snowpack and indicates that enough has melted to no longer be overly arduous or hazardous, and without snow-related navigation challenges. Segs 1-5 passable […]

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Photo thanks to Jesse Jakomait. Taken on June 23, he wrote, "Here is Rolling Pass on Sunday!" CT Segment 25 above Silverton.

Snowpack 2019 and the Hardcores

Trail Tip Tuesday Blog Post – SNOWPACK and the HARDCORES – June 25, 2019. Guesswork based on user reports follows. “Passable” relates to remaining snowpack and that enough has melted to no longer be overly arduous or hazardous, and without snow-related navigation challenges. Segs 1-5 all passable (no snowpack left) Seg 6 high elevations impassable […]

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Deep snow remains at higher elevations on The Colorado Trail. This taken June 14, 2019 above Silverton at the top of Molas Pass, CT Segment 25.

Snowpack 2019 and Details

Trail Tip Tuesday Blog Post – SNOWPACK and DETAILS – June 18, 2019. Segs 1-5 PASSABLE (tiny snow remains) Seg 6-10 not passable (lengthy & deep snow up high) Seg 11 PASSABLE Segs 12-13 not passable (snow up high still) Seg 14 PASSABLE (no snow left) Seg 15-17 not passable (lengthy and deep snow in […]

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Shallower place to ford Cochetopa Creek in Segment 19 is shown here.

Snowpack 2019 and Segment 19 Creek Ford

Trail Tip Tuesday – SNOWPACK and SEGMENT 19 CREEK FORD – June 11, 2019. The melt is on! More segments have become passable. The end-to-end CT segments we consider snow passable are Segments 1, 2, 3, 4 (yes 4), 5, 11, 14, 18 and 19. Guessing it will be weeks yet before other segments become […]

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The 2019 Trail season snowpack is much deeper than the norm. Start dates are being pushed back.

Snowpack 2019 and Early Start Thru Travel

Trail Tip Tuesday – SNOWPACK and EARLY START THRU TRAVEL – June 4, 2019. Deep snow still exists along much of The Colorado Trail. But warmer weather has arrived, including mountain lows above freezing, and the snow is starting to melt. The end-to-end CT segments we consider snow passable are Segments 1, 2, 3, 5, […]

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In Elk Creek, CT Segment 24, the Trail (foreground) disappears beneath avalanche debris maybe 30 feet high.

Snowpack 2019 and Avalanche News Feature

Trail Tip Tuesday – SNOWPACK and AVALANCHE NEWS FEATURE – May 28, 2019. Unusual winter-like conditions still exist along much of The Colorado Trail. Another snowstorm came through last week and temperatures remain unusually cool, slowing the snow melt. The CT segments we consider snow passable are still (only) Segments 1, 2, 3, 5, and […]

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Deep snowpack remains on The Colorado Trail.

Snowpack 2019 and “Mountaineering”

Trail Tip Tuesday – SNOWPACK and MOUNTAINEERING – May 14, 2019. Mid May now and another portion of The Colorado Trail has become snowpack “passable,” meaning it has melted enough to where it is not overly arduous or hazardous for the average CT user to pass through, for example, on a lengthy hike, bike or […]

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

Snowpack 2019 and Starting Too Early

Trail Tip Tuesday – 2019 DEEP SNOWPACK and STARTING TOO EARLY – May 7, 2019. 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 […]

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

Snowpack 2019 and Avalanche Efforts

Trail Tip Tuesday – 2019 DEEP SNOWPACK and AVALANCHE EFFORTS – April 30, 2019. 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 […]

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

Snowpack 2019 and the word “Passable”

Trail Tip Tuesday – SNOWPACK and “PASSABLE” – 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 […]

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