This warm weather is giving me the hiking bug! Still looks pretty snowy up there from here on the high plains. Anyone have any trail reports yet?
2017 Trail Conditions
Posted 12 April 2017 - 09:35 AM
No first hand reports, but friends have said the low elevation trails (Moraine Park, Upper Beaver Meadows, Deer Mountain, parts of the Twin Owls Loop) are pretty clear (or at least hikable for the most part) without snowshoes). Let us know what you hear and find out there!
Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:58 AM
We did Cub Lake a week and a half ago. Mostly dry with a couple of slick snowy spots of around 30 feet long. Pretty easy to do in boots. Most of the other lower hikes were free of snow. Above Bear Lake we either used spikes or snow shoes.
Posted 24 April 2017 - 12:32 PM
This is great info - thanks! Do you have a sense for conditions up to Helene? I'm sure there's a lot of snow, but are things tracked out pretty well? I have a guest in town from sea level and want to be sure I'm not pushing his limits too much. I truly appreciate and all insight!
Posted 25 April 2017 - 11:08 AM
This is from another forum member who tried to reach Helene a couple of weeks ago.
"Packed snow until well past the turnoff for Flattop. We used microspikes until the first open area, then switched to snowshoes, as the trail became less packed. We lost the trail within 1/2 mile of the lake & turned back due to the wind & the fact that the "trail" we were on wasn't even close to the summer trail & had us gaining way more elevation than was needed up the backside of Flattop."
Posted 20 May 2017 - 09:05 AM
What a difference a BIG spring snowstorm makes!
Trail reports from May 16:
This is on the RMNP site today:
EXTREME AVALANCHE DANGER ON EAST SIDE OF PARK
Travel in the park’s mountains (avalanche terrain) is NOT recommended. Visitors planning to hike, snowshoe, or ski in the mountains this weekend should carry avalanche safety gear and have associated avalanche safety training and experience.
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