Trail Condition Report - Last 14 Days

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IPWA Hiking Season Start: 06-09-2017 | IPWA Hiking Season End: 10-01-2018
Date_Hiked Trailhead Start Trailhead Elevation Trail Destinations Trail Condition Trail Information
06-24-2018 Middle St. Vrain Road TH 10 Buchanan Pass Trail (Trail head to Wilderness Sign at Middle St. Vrain 4x4 Road)
Dry -
06-24-2018 Rainbow Lakes TH 10,010 Rainbow Lakes
Dry All good
06-24-2018 Heart Lake TH (East Portal/Moffat Tunnel) 10 Forest Lakes Trail (TH to midway to Forest Lakes)
Somewhat Muddy Somewhat muddy beyond 2 miles,,,,,,it did rain and hail
06-24-2018 Heart Lake TH (East Portal/Moffat Tunnel) 10 Crater Lakes
Snow Packed in Places We turned around at the lower lake due to weather. The trail was mostly dry, but muddy and under water in a few places. There were small patches of snow on the trail near the top.
06-23-2018 Hessie TH 9,000 Jasper Lake
Somewhat Muddy The connecting trail between the Jasper Lake Trail and the Lost Lake Trail is very muddy and in places under 3-5 inches of running water. The Jasper Lake Trail has water flowing over sections of it, especially between the lake and the Diamond Lake trail junction.
06-23-2018 Rainbow Lakes TH 10,010 Arapaho Glacier Trail
Rainbow Lakes Trail
Dry Both the Rainbow Lakes and Arapaho trails were very busy with hikers, backpackers, and anglers today . Advise early arrival (7:30 am) at trail head to avoid some of the crowds. Trail conditions to Rainbow lakes were good. Some Moose droppings on trail. One creek crossing required some rock hopping to stay dry but doable. There is a large tree crossing the trail about .6 miles up the trail but can duck underneath. Trail conditions on Arapaho Glacier trail were also good. No snow on trail. Downed tree about .5 miles up the tree but can duck under it. Saw sheep droppings on trail.
06-23-2018 Heart Lake TH (East Portal/Moffat Tunnel) 10 So Boulder Creek Trail (TH to Forest Lakes Junction jct)
So Boulder Creek Trail (Forest Lakes Trail Jct to Crater Lake)
So Boulder Creek Trail (Crater Lakes Trail Jct to Rogers Pass)
Dry -
06-23-2018 Heart Lake TH (East Portal/Moffat Tunnel) 10 Forest Lakes Trail (TH to midway to Forest Lakes)
Dry beautiful trail, beautiful flowers, including columbines
06-22-2018 Hessie TH 9,000 King Lake
Somewhat Muddy We hiked King Lake Trail 4.5 miles, about two miles shy of the lake. Trail was clear with occasional muddy patches and standing water.
06-21-2018 Fourth of July TH 10 Diamond Lake Trail (Arapaho Pass Trail Jct to Lake)
Dry The trail is in good condition, snowy in a few spots.
06-21-2018 Rainbow Lakes TH 10,010 Arapaho Glacier Trail
Rainbow Lakes
Dry Rainbow Lakes Trail and Arapaho Glacier Trail are both dry. We went to the end of Rainbow Lakes Trail and about one mile up Arapaho Glacier Trail.
06-21-2018 Heart Lake TH (East Portal/Moffat Tunnel) 10 Forest Lake (Lower)
Dry The trail is dry until you reach the Lower Forest Lake, then there is some snow on the trail and in some of the campsites.
06-20-2018 Hessie TH 9,000 Betty Lake
Bob Lake
Snow Packed in Places The first 2.5-3 miles from trailhead is dry. The remaining 3-4 miles varies from dry, to muddy, to standing water, to snow covered.
06-18-2018 Rainbow Lakes TH 10,010 Rainbow Lakes
Dry The hike up to the first two lakes is completely clear and dry. latter section of the trail to upper lakes is washed out in couple of spots due to runoff and lake overflow. Moose are active in this area.
06-17-2018 Fourth of July TH 10 Lake Dorothy
Somewhat Muddy We turned back at 4th of July Mine due to threatening clouds and a rumble of thunder. Trail was not too muddy, but wet in many places from consistent runoff. Several times we were on trail walking in stream-like conditions. Waterproof boots were sufficient.
06-17-2018 Heart Lake TH (East Portal/Moffat Tunnel) 10 Forest Lakes Trail (TH to midway to Forest Lakes)
Snow Packed in Places Hiked to first forest Lake, areas of snow pack....ok to navigate
06-16-2018 Hessie TH 9,000 Jasper Lake
Somewhat Muddy Occasional snow mounds covering trail starting at about 4 miles up the trail.
06-16-2018 Middle St. Vrain Road TH 10 Buchanan Pass Trail (Trail head to Wilderness Sign at Middle St. Vrain 4x4 Road)
Somewhat Muddy Trail had muddy sections due to recent rains.
06-16-2018 St. Vrain Mountain TH 10 St Vrain Mountain Trail (St Vrain Mtn TH to St Vrain vicinity)
Dry Trail is generally dry and clear to tree line.
06-16-2018 Heart Lake TH (East Portal/Moffat Tunnel) 10 So Boulder Creek Trail (TH to Forest Lakes Junction jct)
So Boulder Creek Trail (Forest Lakes Trail Jct to Crater Lake)
Dry -
06-16-2018 Heart Lake TH (East Portal/Moffat Tunnel) 10 Heart Lake
Snow Packed in Places Trail becomes muddy after about 2 miles in due to snow melt. After about 3.5 miles expect to find long lengths of snow covered trail making it difficult to see where the trail continues. There is little to no snow on the trail between Rogers Peak Lake and Heart Lake.
06-16-2018 Heart Lake TH (East Portal/Moffat Tunnel) 10 So Boulder Creek Trail (TH to Forest Lakes Junction jct)
So Boulder Creek Trail (Forest Lakes Trail Jct to Crater Lake)
So Boulder Creek Trail (Crater Lakes Trail Jct to Rogers Pass)
Somewhat Muddy The first 3 1/2 miles of the trail have a little snow and mud, but the trail is generally in good summer conditions. We turned around at the 3 1/2 mile mark because of thunder and lightning. The Brownie Lady Slipper orchids are in bloom.
06-16-2018 Heart Lake TH (East Portal/Moffat Tunnel) 10 Crater Lake Trail
Snow Packed in Places Dry with occasional wet spots up until about 1/4 mile before Crater Lakes when there are a few snow patches. Within 200 yards of the lakes themselves, there are many more snow patches and much of the area around the lakes remains covered in patchy snow.
06-14-2018 Hessie TH 9,000 Woodland Lake
Skyscraper Reservoir
Snow Packed in Places Trail is water filled and marshy after Lost Lake split and then again the last 1/2 mile before Woodland Lake. The trail is also snow covered intermittently the last mile of the hike; this blurs the exact path of the trail in many instances.
06-14-2018 St. Vrain Mountain TH 10 St. Vrain Mtn.
Snow Packed in Places Excellent trail for dry conditions and early season wild flowers. Trail wet only at areas of small stream trail crossings. At the ridgetop of trail some snow crossings and wet conditions exist. St. Vrain mountain top snow conditions are present. Parking at trailhead is limited.
06-14-2018 Heart Lake TH (East Portal/Moffat Tunnel) 10 Crater Lakes
Dry The trail to Crater Lakes was dry with a few wet places. The two lakes are snow packed just below Crater Lake. You can reach these lakes with no trouble by walking on the hard packed snow banks.
06-13-2018 Hessie TH 9,000 Devils Thumb Trail (Hessie to Diamond Lake Trail Jct)
Dry Trail is dry except for creek & small stream crossings.
06-12-2018 Beaver Creek TH 10 Forest Lake (Lower)
Somewhat Muddy muddy
06-12-2018 Middle St. Vrain Road TH 10 Buchanan Pass Trail (Red Deer Lake jct to Beaver Creek Tr jct)
Somewhat Muddy The trail from the junction of St Vrain Glacier trail to Red Deer Lake trail had 5 downed trees. The trail up to Red Deer Lake was mostly covered in snow, with the last 0.10 mile all in snow.
06-12-2018 Forest Lakes near Rollins Pass TH 10 Forest Lakes Trail (TH to midway to Forest Lakes)
Somewhat Muddy need good hiking boots