CT Conditions 2019 August 6

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – August 6.

Closure info at the bottom; avalanche too; read this top to bottom.

SNOWPACK (drumroll . . . )

Late July in CT Segment 26 beneath Blackhawk Pass. Photo thanks to Artec Durham.

. . . . . For HIKERS and CYCLISTS, the CT is now “Passable” end to end. (If you listen closely you might hear a bunch of people cheering. We think this is the latest date for this in the history of The Colorado Trail.) “PASSABLE” indicates that, in our view, it has become 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, be advised there might still be patches of snow in Segments 22, 23, 24, 25, CW02 and CW03. Sorry, here at the CTF office we just don’t know how big or deep any remaining patches of snow might be. (Guessing any remaining snow will be around for only a short while longer, maybe a week or ten days.) Some horse and llama travelers have recently reminded us that even a small patch of snow, ill placed, could present a big challenge and might be a deal breaker. Animals post-hole more easily due to their weight. Under the snow, their hooves land on wildly irregular surfaces, usually not on the Trail.

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 dangerous.

AVALANCHE RELATED
Seg 7 avalanche debris zones cleared or improved (okay for foot travel; somewhat challenging for stock)
Seg 13 avalanche debris sections cleared (okay for all including stock animals)
Seg 15 avalanche debris in the South Fooses Creek drainage (limited, possibly a minor challenge for stock)
Seg 21 avalanche debris pile (not cleared yet; okay for foot travel; might remain challenging for stock)
Seg 24 four huge avalanche debris fields now improved a little by CTF volunteers (careful hikers and dogs succeeding; likely not doable for 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)

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/