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.
Posted 27 June 2017 - 08:17 PM
Glad to see this thread, so much so that I'm going to sticky it.
By now, most of the lower trails are getting cleared off, although there's mud here and there. And the Bear-Helene segment was, as of a week ago, still snowed up, I heard, but I haven't been there.
We've had some very hot days recently, and that's accelerated both snowmelt and drying out. We went up to Bierstadt Lake yesterday expecting to find snow and mud, but it was clear and mostly dry (there was a big mound of snow by the outlet in the thick trees there).
FWIW, it's perhaps noting that they closed Bear Lake Road (except for cars with backcountry parking permits) about 10am yesterday, a Monday. Rocky's become increasingly popular and therefore crowded. Gots to get up early to get in to the interesting places now. HPH
Posted 12 July 2017 - 02:32 PM
I'm headed to Rocky the last few days of July. What's status on wildflowers at higher elevations? Specifically thinking of hikes deep into Wild Basin. I hear there's still quite a bit of snow and I know it was a wet spring so I'm hoping that pushed peak wildflower season into late July this year. Or maybe all the snow shortens and diminishes the wildflower season?
Posted 17 August 2017 - 05:54 PM
Is it August yet?
Why, it finally is -- more than half-way through, yet. And it's still quite wet up high.
We walked the Haiyaha Loop today, and there's plenty of water in all the little creeks and mud on the trails. Also, the Trough on the west side of Longs Peak is still full of snow.
It's keeping things green in town, though. HPH
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