CT Conditions 2019 August 20

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – August 20.

CT travelers encounter others in Segment 25 near Molas Pass above Silverton.

CT travelers encounter others in Segment 25 near Molas Pass above Silverton.

CLOSURES
Copper Mountain area: two-mile, trail-season detour affecting parts of CT Segments 7 and 8
. . . . . https://coloradotrail.org/ct-detour-at-copper-mountain/
North of Monarch Pass: 3.2-mile detour on the CT Collegiate West, CW05
. . . . . https://coloradotrail.org/closure-detour-near-monarch-pass-2019/

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 four huge avalanche debris fields now improved by CTF volunteers (many careful hikers have succeeded indicating the need to be careful and to go slow and choose your footing carefully; there are mixed views on whether passable by dogs; we think these debris fields are 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)

FIRE BANS
CT Segments 4-6 subject to Park County Burn Ban

SNOWPACK
. . . . . For all trail users including those with stock animals, the entire Colorado Trail is snow passable. Enough snow has melted to no longer be overly arduous or hazardous, and without snow-related navigation challenges.

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.