Winter Trail Condition Report - Last 28 Days

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Date_Hiked Trailhead Start Trailhead Elevation Trail Destinations Trail Condition Trail Information
03-18-2020 Hessie Trailhead 9,000 Devils Thumb Trail (Hessie to Diamond Lake Trail Jct)
Mostly Snow Packed Trail snow covered until wilderness boundary. Less snow in valley area. Snow shoes not required but traction devices advisable.
03-15-2020 Brainard Lake Recreation Area 10,525 Snowshoe Trail (Winter Only)
Mostly Snow Packed The trails are mostly snow-packed. The road is patchy in areas.
03-15-2020 Brainard Lake Recreation Area 10,525 Mitchell Lake Trail (TH to Mitchell Lake)
Beaver Creek Trail (Beaver Creek TH to Audubon trail jct)
Mt Audubon Trail (hiked a portion of the trail)
Mt Audubon Trail (Beaver Creek Trail jct to Audubon summit)
Brainard Lake
Mt. Audbon
Mostly Snow Packed Trail conditions are great at the Brainard Lake Recreation Area. There is a lot of snow blown off the road but the trails remain snow covered. The trails up to Brainard Lake are fun and manageable for all. The hike up to Mt. Audubon was challenging but great with minimal wind today - I would only recommend this for those very experienced in winter sports.
03-14-2020 Brainard Lake Recreation Area 10,525 Snowshoe Trail (Winter Only)
Waldrop (Winter Only)
St Vrain Trail - South (Winter Only)
Completely Snow Covered The trails around Brainard Lake are still covered in an abundant amount of snow. As is typical in mid March, warm sunny days and cold subfreezing nights have made the trails hard and icy in the morning and somewhat slushy by the afternoon.
03-14-2020 Hessie Trailhead 9,000 Diamond Lake Trail (Arapaho Pass Trail Jct to Lake)
Diamond Lake
Upper Diamond Lake
Mostly Snow Packed Good conditions to start the day from Hessie up 4th of July Road. Mid 20'sF, breezy, firm base with 2+ fresh inches and scattered snow showers. A few wind-scoured spots last mile of road required carrying skis. Conditions good for hiking too. Conditions into the wilderness changed to deeper powder with 4"+ fresh over deep base; skis or snowshoes required. Trail to Diamond Lake difficult to locate and route finding/navigation skills needed. Warming into the afternoon into the mid 40's and partly sunny, snow conditions softened. 4th of July Road out early afternoon saw an increase in bare spots and soft snow that got slower for skiers coming down and punchy for hikers. Spring conditions bringing muddy spots down low.
03-12-2020 Rainbow Lakes 10,010 Rainbow Lakes
Mostly Snow Packed The Rainbow Lakes Road from the Winter Gate to the Rainbow Lakes Campground is about 70% snow packed with 3 to 4 bare sections of road. There are numerous snow drifts on the road. Snowshoes or skis are highly recommended.
03-08-2020 Brainard Lake Recreation Area 10,525 Snowshoe Trail (Winter Only)
Waldrop (Winter Only)
Mostly Snow Packed The trails are mostly snowed packed and easy to follow. A little gusty at the parking lot, road, and lake and breezy in the trees.
03-08-2020 Hessie Trailhead 9,000 Devils Thumb Trail (Hessie to Diamond Lake Trail Jct)
Devils Thumb Trail (Diamond Lake jct to Jasper Lake)
Jasper Lake
Storm Lake
Completely Snow Covered Weather conditions better than forecast. 30F at Hessie at dawn, breezy. Mostly sunny all day, temps reaching mid-40's.Trail completely snowcovered up to Jasper and Storm Lakes, but snow conditions variable and changing throughout the day. Early hours saw firm, packed trail conditions from Hessie to Wilderness boundary. By mid-morning the sun had turned conditions to wet and mushy, which only got worse throughout the day with rollerballs on south aspects. Shady sections near and above treeeline remained icy and called for crampons. Ski out lots of fun, but again variable and changing conditions.
03-08-2020 East Portal 9,211 Forest Lake (Lower)
Completely Snow Covered East Portal is completely snow covered starting at the trailhead. Trail conditions were icy in the morning. Traction devices such as skis, snow shoes or spikes recommended. Snow depth is currently excellent. Fast downhill conditions, be aware of fellow visitors.