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.

Below are some pictures of recent hiking

 
Combined 7_24

Left - Adams Falls from the East Inlet Trailhead
Right - Adams Falls parking is busy too!

NPS/Rachel Williams

 

7/12/2015
Flattop, Hallett, Otis, and Andrews Glacier

Flattop and Hallett are free of snow. Otis looked easy to summit from the saddle. Descended right side of Andrews Glacier and no large crevasses or chasms were observed. Tarn to Andrews Creek is a steep scramble –a lot of loose rock, but free of snow.
By Park Ranger

7/7/2015
Black Lake
Trail to Black Lake was wet, but otherwise okay. One very small patch of snow before the lake. Trickiest part was at the bottom of Ribbon Falls, as some of the stone steps have fallen away and the lower portion is under rapidly-flowing water, so one has to either scramble up the rock slabs or carefully place one's feet on tiny, wet ledges of rock. Coming downhill on the trail, lots of wet roots and some muddy sections require care. Poles were very helpful. Alberta Falls is still gushing, as were the small falls above there. Elephant Head is blooming just before reaching Mills Lake. Also saw some Bog Laurel, Brownie Lady Slippers near Mills/Loch junction, green bog orchid, marsh marigold, etc.
By Volunteer

7/4/2015
Lawn and Crystal Lakes

Snow-free to and around Lawn Lake. A few small snow patches towards Crystal but very cross-able. Crystal and associated ponds are completely ice-free.
By Park Ranger

7/2/15
Sky Pond
From Bear Lake (9,475 feet) to the Loch (10,180 feet, 3.0 miles from Bear Lake), the trail is clear and dry except for the snowfield just below the Loch, which has melted to 30 yards or less. From the Loch to Timberline Falls (10,480 feet, 4.1 miles), the trail is wet and muddy in places, and there are three remaining short, easy snow patches. The snowfield just prior to Timberline Falls can mostly be avoided. The gully from the base of Timberline Falls to Lake of Glass (10,820 feet, 4.4 miles) is extremely wet in the lower section;the hiker must be very careful and should expect to get wet. From Lake of Glass to Sky Pond (4.6 miles, 10,900 feet), the trail is mostly clear except for a couple of easy snow sections. Required: good footwear
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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