CT Conditions 2019 Sept 24

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – September 24.

Segment 11 on Sept 14 in 2017 thanks to CTF Ops Manager, Brent Adams.

Segment 11 on Sept 14 in 2017 thanks to CTF Ops Manager, Brent Adams.

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/

FIRE BANS ETC
Fire bans are in place: 2019 has seen many wildfires in the Colorado mountains. Some counties have fire bans that affect The Colorado Trail. Bans prohibit campfires. Bans also prohibit trail stoves lacking an on/off valve, including alcohol, esbit and wood burning “twig” stoves. Please comply. Be ultra-careful with flame, especially important in the dry climate of the Colorado mountains where wildfires can start so easily. Also, please be on the lookout for other’s abandoned campfires that are not yet cold…douse them ‘cold’ with lots of water…THANK YOU.
Wildfire near CT Segments 4 and 5 East of Kenosha Pass: Firefighters declared this 100% contained on September 19th. Though this “Shawnee Peak Fire” was kind of close to the CT, maybe 2 miles north northeast from the division between CT Segments 4 and 5, it burned for almost a month but did not present much of a problem to Trail travelers.
Wildfire near Bailey north of CT Segment 4: Declared 100% contained on September 17th, this “64A Fire” firefighters were able to keep it to just 12 acres. There were some evacuations on the outskirts of Bailey and some smoky conditions at times.
. . . . . https://psiccfireinfo.blogspot.com/2019/

AVALANCHE RELATED
SUMMARY on this includes that hikers and cyclists are no longer struggling with any of the following and hardly need to review it in detail. However, those with stock animals (horses or llamas) should attend carefully to the details below.
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Seg 7 avalanche debris zones cleared or improved (okay for all including stock animals)
Seg 13 avalanche debris sections cleared (okay for all including stock)
Seg 15 avalanche debris in the South Fooses Creek valley (limited impact to the Trail, possibly a minor challenge for stock)
Seg 21 avalanche debris cleared from the Trail corridor (okay for all including stock)
Seg 24 four (or more)huge avalanche debris fields now improved by CTF volunteers (many careful hikers have succeeded indicating the need to be careful, go slowly and choose your footing carefully; for dogs we’ve heard some have made it through relatively easily with some help from their owners but that it might be harder for bigger and heavier dogs and their owners; we think these debris fields are not doable by stock animals due to numerous irregular climb-overs and possible voids in between strewn trees)
. . . . . https://coloradotrail.org/avalanche-debris-segment-24/
Seg CW02 has several avalanche debris sections each now cleared (okay for all including stock)

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.