Trail Condition Report - Last 14 Days

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IPWA Hiking Season Start: 05-29-2017 | IPWA Hiking Season End: 10-01-2017
Date_Hiked Trailhead Start Trail Destinations Trail Condition Trail Information
06-22-2017 Brainard Lake Recreation Area Long Lake
Snow Packed in Places Jean Llunning trail around long lake is currently mostly under snow, therefore it is difficult to find the trail at times. Sections that are not snow covered are muddy and have running water. Quite a few downed trees in need of removal are obstacles to go around while hiking.
06-22-2017 Middle St. Vrain Road TH Buchanan Pass Trail (Trail head to Wilderness Sign at Middle St. Vrain 4x4 Road)
Buchanan Pass Trail (Wilderness Sign to Wilderness Boundary)
Somewhat Muddy -Not suitable for mountain biking due to 8 large trees across trail between miles 2-3. -Two Moose sighted at by campers at Camp Dick campground at night and morning. Keep dogs on leash for their safety. -Several areas of trail quite muddy.--one area had water 6" deep for 30'. otherwise dry for around 4 miles. Bring dry socks. -Considerable snow beyond Wilderness boundary.
06-21-2017 Long Lake TH Isabelle Glacier Trail (Lake Isabelle to Glacier)
Mostly Snow Packed Very muddy, deep snow, post hole condition, very wet and slushy after 12:30PM
06-21-2017 Wilderness Information Specialist Wilderness Information Specialist
Dry -
06-21-2017 Wilderness Information Specialist Wilderness Information Specialist
Dry -
06-20-2017 Brainard Lake Recreation Area Long Lake
Lake Isabelle
Mostly Snow Packed Initially mostly snowpack (solid, no post-holing) from trailhead, intermittent wet and muddy portions. Turned around approximately 1/4 of a mile past the junction with the bridge heading south to the Jean Lunning Trail; at that point the trail was all snow and not easy to find or follow.
06-20-2017 Hessie TH Jasper Lake
Somewhat Muddy -
06-20-2017 Brainard Lake Recreation Area Mitchell Lake Trail (TH to Mitchell Lake)
Mitchell Lake Trail (Mitchell Lake to Blue Lake)
Mostly Snow Packed First 1/2 mile of trail had running water on trail and patchy snow drifts. After foot bridge, trail is completely snow packed all the way to Mitchell Lake, with trees down. Route finding was difficult. Trekking poles recommended. Crossing of inlet is flooded, so had to cross up stream via snow bridge. Except for first 1/4 mile, trail from Mitchell Lake to Blue Lake completely snow packed with several feet of snow -- no sign of trail, must walk cross country over sun cupped snow to Blue Lake. Some post holing during the afternoon, be aware of rotten snow over water. Only recommended for hikers with strong orienteering, cross-country skills.
06-20-2017 Brainard Lake Recreation Area Pawnee Pass Trail (Long Lake TH to Lake Isabelle)
Snow Packed in Places The trail from the Long Lake trailhead to Lake Isabelle junction is about 50% snow covered and there is quite a bit of running water on the trail. The snow is solid and easy to walk on even in the afternoon after the snow pack has warmed up.
06-20-2017 Wilderness Information Specialist Wilderness Information Specialist
Dry -
06-20-2017 Mitchell Lake TH Upper Blue Lake
Snow Packed in Places areas of mud and water, closer to Mitchell much snow,, difficult trail finding due to snow. Maybe more blue diamond trail markers. Due to snow we did not go to Blue Lake
06-20-2017 Wilderness Information Specialist Wilderness Information Specialist
Dry -
06-19-2017 Wilderness Information Specialist Wilderness Information Specialist
Dry -
06-18-2017 Rainbow Lakes TH Arapaho Glacier Trail
Snow Packed in Places Pockets of snow and water on the Rainbow Lakes trail, bring sturdy shoes and expect muddy spots. 2 to 5 feet of snow Arapaho Glacier trail towards the top of tree line, mostly dry before that and after. Expect downed trees and minor mud spots.
06-18-2017 Brainard Lake Recreation Area Jean Luning Trail
Mostly Snow Packed Jean Lunning Trail was about 80-85% snow covered with snow depth from 0 to 6 feet deep. Trail finding is difficult because trail and bridges are largely snow covered, and there were no visible trail marking other than footprints in the snow.
06-18-2017 Hessie TH Jasper Lake
Snow Packed in Places Mostly dry, some wet and muddy below the upper Devils Thumb Bypass/King-Woodland Lake trail junction. Flowing water on much of the trail above that point getting worse the higher you go. It is unavoidable so waterproof footwear is a must. Snow starts just above Devils Thumb Trail/Diamond Lake junction, a half mile or so before Jasper Lake. Mostly snow covered above the point. Completely snow covered above Jasper Lake and difficult to navigate. All Jasper Lake backcountry sites are buried under snow. Most of Jasper Lake is ice-free. Hikers reported a bear sighting 6/18 morning a half mile to a mile above the Devils Thumb Bypass/King-Woodland Lake Junction, so be bear aware!
06-17-2017 Heart Lake TH (East Portal/Moffat Tunnel) Crater Lakes Trail
Crater Lakes
Snow Packed in Places Trail from East Portal is completely fee of snow for the first ~3 miles. There is SO MUCH water on the trail - wear waterproof shoes and be prepared to hike through the mud (don't hike around - it widens the trail, causes erosion, and makes the problem worse). As you get closer to Crater Lakes, the trail becomes covered with snow. Today, snow was soft enough that traction devices were not needed. Snow is melting fast.
06-16-2017 Wilderness Information Specialist Wilderness Information Specialist
Dry -
06-16-2017 Brainard Lake Recreation Area Long Lake
Mostly Snow Packed Mostly deep snow packed from Long Lake Trailhead to turn off to Isabelle Lake trail
06-16-2017 Wilderness Information Specialist Wilderness Information Specialist
Dry -
06-16-2017 Wilderness Information Specialist Wilderness Information Specialist
Dry -
06-15-2017 Hessie TH Lost Lake
Somewhat Muddy Mostly dry, slightly soggy, going to Lost Lake.
06-15-2017 Wilderness Information Specialist Wilderness Information Specialist
Dry -
06-15-2017 Hessie TH Devils Thumb Trail (Hessie to Diamond Lake Trail Jct)
King Lake Trail (Devils Thumb trail jct to King Lake)
Somewhat Muddy The trail has some running water on it, but is mostly dry up to the lower sections of the King Lake trail. We turned around about 1 1/2 miles up the King Lake trail because we were cutting trees that were blocking the trail and ran out of time.
06-15-2017 Wilderness Information Specialist Wilderness Information Specialist
Dry -
06-14-2017 Wilderness Information Specialist Wilderness Information Specialist
Dry -
06-14-2017 Wilderness Information Specialist Wilderness Information Specialist
Dry -
06-13-2017 Wilderness Information Specialist Wilderness Information Specialist
Dry -
06-13-2017 Hessie TH King Lake Trail (Devils Thumb trail jct to King Lake)
Somewhat Muddy The trail up to the Lost Lake junction has some running water, but no snow. I hiked up the first mile of the King Lake trail and it was dry.
06-11-2017 Hessie TH Devils Thumb Trail (Hessie to Diamond Lake Trail Jct)
Devils Thumb Bypass Trail
Jasper Lake
Snow Packed in Places Expect your typical spring hiking in the Indian Peaks! The trail is mostly free of snow from the Hessie trailhead to the South Fork of the Middle Boulder Creek bridge. However, there is a good amount of water in this section of the trail so prepare to get your feet wet. Going up the Devils Thumb Bypass trail, the conditions are mostly dry with some wet areas that you go through and a few snow drifts. The trail gets considerably wetter (and more like a creek) about a mile or so before you get to the Devils Thumb/Diamond Lake Trail junction. Be prepared for considerable water on the trail (it is actually more like a creek with the spring run off) on this section of the trail up to Jasper Lake. Past the Devils Thumb/Diamond Lake junction you will be walking on snow pack (a good 2'-3' deep in many if not most place of the trail so prepare for post holing as the weather gets warmer. We carried snows on the hike but they were not needed to get to Jasper Lake. Would absolutely recommend decent boots and gaiters if you have them if you want your feet to even have a chance of staying dry.
06-11-2017 Heart Lake TH (East Portal/Moffat Tunnel) Forest Lakes Trail (TH to midway to Forest Lakes)
Snow Packed in Places Late snow is causing the trail to be muddy with flowing water on the trail in many places. Still lots of snow pack after crossing Arapahoe Creek
06-11-2017 Beaver Creek TH Forest Lakes Trail (TH to midway to Forest Lakes)
Very Muddy Springtime Rocky Mtn conditions. Expect wet, muddy conditions on the lower sections of the trail. Expect soft snow and post holing the higher up you go.
06-11-2017 Heart Lake TH (East Portal/Moffat Tunnel) So Boulder Creek Trail (TH to Forest Lakes Junction jct)
So Boulder Creek Trail (Forest Lakes Trail Jct to Crater Lake)
Mostly Snow Packed -
06-10-2017 Hessie TH Jasper Lake
Somewhat Muddy From the car, at around 3.5 miles trail is snow packed. Most of the trail is also wet and muddy.
06-10-2017 Forest Lakes near Rollins Pass TH So Boulder Creek Trail (TH to Forest Lakes Junction jct)
Very Muddy Expect to hike thru sections of flowing water 0.5 - 2 inches deep and very muddy sections on lower portion of the South Boulder Creek trail. Some small sections of snow dunes remain on the lower trail but are easily navigable. Get muddy, please don't walk around muddy areas! All major streams running high and have powerful flows from snow melt. Expect snow as you go higher up and expect to post hole in the afternoon as the snow gets softer.
06-10-2017 Brainard Lake Recreation Area Mitchell Lake
Snow Packed in Places Brainard Lake road dry but gate will remain closed until June 16 Gate from Brainard Lake to trailheads will remain closed beyond June 16, as snow and downed trees cover TH roads and parking lots. Waldrup trail dry for 100', then snow covers much of the trail. Conditions muddy and wet otherwise. Trail to CMC Cabin mostly snow covered Trail to Mitchell lake buried under 3-5 feet of snow. Navigation difficult as no trail is visible. Biggest hazard involves crossing creeks, as bridges are mostly buried beneath 2 feet of snow and "snow bridges" often fail. Snowshoes recommended.
06-10-2017 Sourdough TH Brainard Lake
Snow Packed in Places Sourdough Trail is mostly dry and nice way to get to Brainard without taking the road. Waldrop Trail is mostly dry first mile, with patchy snow miles 2-3 with downed trees as well as muddy and wet spots, with several stream crossings so wear good waterproof boots and gaiters.
06-10-2017 St. Vrain Mountain TH St Vrain Mountain Trail (St Vrain Mtn TH to St Vrain vicinity)
Dry Trail that I hiked is in super condition.
06-10-2017 Brainard Lake Recreation Area Isabelle Glacier Trail (Lake Isabelle to Glacier)
Snow Packed in Places Only winter parking lot open so hiked/walked the via road and trail to Long Lake TH which was partially covered in snow/slush. Trail to Isabelle covered in snow/slush so turned around after 1/4 mile and went around Brainard Lake back to winter parking.