Trail Conditions

These Trail Conditions reports are the viewpoints of the submitters, whether park staff, volunteers, or visitors. Conditions can change rapidly in the mountains. Use these reports only as guidelines. Be prepared for varying weather and trail conditions.

Due to the September 2013 Flood, missing foot bridges, uneven trail surfaces, unstable slopes, falling trees due to soil moisture, rutted trails, damaged water bars and steps, standing water, difficult water crossings, and missing directional signs could be encountered. Most of Rocky Mountain National Park is designated wilderness, where self-reliance and adventure are expected. Hikers should be prepared to take responsibility for their own actions; search and rescue may be delayed. Be prepared to stay overnight even if you are a day hiker. Hiking poles may be helpful on uneven trails. Route finding skills may be required. Carry a map and compass and other backcountry travel essentials. Hike at your own risk.

 
Mills Lake - Rachel

View from Mills Lake on July 11th - make sure you go see it.

NPS/Rachel Williams

Enjoy one of the many hikes in Rocky!
A great many of the visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park hike the variety of scenic trails. There are many outstanding opportunities to hike, snowshoe, ski or ride during the winter on one of Rocky's trails. You can stop by a park visitor center to obtain current conditions and recommendations. Remember, safety is your responsibility.

What's your trail conditions report? Please email e-mail us, call the Information Office, 970-586-1206, or stop by a park visitor center.

Trail conditions reports help everyone. We need them year-round, and this spring it's more important than ever as hikers encounter possible impacts from last fall's flood. Thanks very much for your report!

 
summer parking challange

PARKING IS A CHALLENGE THIS TIME OF YEAR!
Left: Deer Ridge Junction parking - fills almost every day - getting there early is best
Right: Going to Bear Lake? It's always best to take the shuttle.

NPS/R. Williams

 

Trail: Longs Peak
For current conditions, check the Longs Peak Conditions Report.

Trail: September 2013 Flood Damage
For current trail conditions as a result of the September 2013 Flood, please visit Flood Impacts and Closures.

Trail: Crater Trail
The trail will remain closed at least until August 15, 2015, possibly longer. The park is considering closing it permanently - read more.

Trail: Timber Lake (Timber Lake Trailhead)
A landslide occurred summer 2014 and damage worsened over the winter. It is two miles beyond the trailhead;caution is advised negotiating around the slide area. Hike above the point of release, as hiking through the landslide is not recommended. The hike around the landslide is arduous and exceptionally difficult, as it is steep, muddy, and slippery. It is not recommended for those who have difficulty with wilderness off-trail travel. Allow a minimum of 6-7 hours round-trip for this steep hike.

Trail: Shadow Mountain Fire Lookout
Historic Shadow Mountain fire lookout"catwalk" is temporarily CLOSED to the public due to SAFETY concerns. The hand rail and floor boards have dry rot throughout and remain unstable. It is anticipated the structure will be closed to the public for the rest of this summer and into next year. The steps and catwalk are closed via signage and wooden barricades.

Below are some pictures from recent hiking

 
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Left: Finch Lake from the Wild Basin Trailhead
Right: Columbine in the Wild Basin area -- wildflowers are really beautiful this year!!
Both pictures taken on July 20th

NPS/Jim Westfall

 

8/5/2015
Timber Lake slide detour condition

The detour around the slide has worn through all ground cover.The result is very loose, dry dirt on extremely steep terrain. Footing on downhill travel is very slick.Traction is almost non-existent.
By Park Ranger

8/5/2015
Cub Lake

There is a large tree across the trail getting up toward the lake. It is negotiable, but takes some climbing over due to large branches.
By Volunteer

 

Falling trees are ever-present hazards when traveling in the forest. Be aware of your surroundings. Dead trees can fall without warning!

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