CT Conditions 2019 Sept 3

Tuesday Blog Post – CONDITIONS 2019 – September 3.

CT travelers are reporting near-ideal conditions along The Colorado Trail. Photo in CT Segment 23 is thanks to bikepacker Colin Hughes.

CT travelers are reporting near-ideal conditions along The Colorado Trail. Photo in CT Segment 23 is thanks to Colin Hughes.

FIRE
Wildfire near CT Segments 4 and 5 east of Kenosha Pass: Firefighters have gained on containment. This wildfire, first reported on Monday August 26, is maybe 2 miles north northeast from the division between CT Segments 4 and 5. Smoke and flames have died down significantly. No part of The Colorado Trail or its trailheads are closed. CT travelers are not reporting any problems related to this wildfire.
. . . . . https://psiccfireinfo.blogspot.com/2019/09/
Fire bans are in place: Multiple counties have put fire bans in place and more bans are expected. 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 easily. Also, please be on the lookout for campfires that are not yet cold that others have abandoned…douse them ‘cold’ with lots of water…THANK YOU.

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
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 (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 has been cleared (okay for all including stock animals)
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)

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.