CT Conditions 2019 August 13

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – August 13.

SNOWPACK

CT Segment 25 taken July 29th and contributed by bikepacker, Robert Umland.

CT Segment 25 taken July 29th and contributed by bikepacker, Robert Umland.

. . . . . 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.
. . . . . For HORSES or LLAMAS too, we think the entire CT is finally snow-passable (beginning just this week) and that any snow patches that remain are either small enough and/or shallow enough to pass with your stock. (But please note the Avalanche Related info below.)

AVALANCHE RELATED
Seg 7 avalanche debris zones cleared or improved (fine for foot travel; the challenge for stock has diminished)
Seg 13 avalanche debris sections cleared (okay for all including stock animals)
Seg 15 avalanche debris in the South Fooses Creek drainage (limited impact to the Trail, possibly a minor challenge for stock)
Seg 21 avalanche debris pile (not cleared yet; okay for foot travel; might remain a small challenge for stock)
Seg 24 huge avalanche debris fields remain, 4-5 of them, now improved by CTF volunteers (many careful hikers have succeeded but they’ve emphasized the need to be cautious, go slowly and choose every step carefully; travelers have mixed views on whether passable by dogs but some dogs have succeeded; not doable by stock animals)
. . . . . https://coloradotrail.org/avalanche-debris-segment-24/
Seg CW02 avalanche debris sections easy for hikers and bicyclists (maybe a small issue for stock)

CLOSURE
Copper Mountain area: two-mile, trail-season detour affecting parts of CT Segments 7 and 8
. . . . . https://coloradotrail.org/ct-detour-at-copper-mountain/

CREEKS AND BRIDGES
The creeks of consequence that lack bridges are in Seg 8, Cataract Creek, Seg 19, Cochetopa Creek, Seg 24, tributary of Elk Creek, Seg 24, Elk Creek where creek may still be above the trail and Seg CW02, Texas Creek. The flow has diminished at each of these to where fording should no longer be overly deep or swift.