The Lexington Arch road and trail is closed.
All hiking trails, except the Lexington Arch trail, in the park are open. With the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive closed to the upper mountain, the Bristlecone Pine, Glacier, Alpine Lakes Loop, and the Wheeler Peak Summit Trail are only accessible by the Lehman Creek Trail, adding 7 or more miles round trip to the total distance of the other hikes.
In winter the sun sets very early and trails on the east side of the mountain will be in shade in very early afternoon.
Weather can change quickly at any altitude - be prepared for harsh winter conditions!
Most trails are at high altitude and have steep elevation gains. Be watchful for signs of altitude sickness. If you are feeling sick, descend in altitude. Due to the high altitude, sun exposure can be factor, and bring hats and sunscreen. Monitor weather and wear proper clothing. When hiking at high altitude be prepared for rain, hail, or snow storms. Temperatures and visibility can drop rapidly during the wind and storm events.
Please use the trail registers to document your hikes.
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