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Trail Conditions Reports

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 recent flooding, expect to encounter 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. 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.

 
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Bear Lake showing it's spectacular fall colors - you will enjoy hiking any of the trails from the Bear Lake Trailhead

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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 a lot of hikers in the summer, and with 350 miles of trails, many outstanding opportunities are available. 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!

 

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 for the remainder of 2014. The park is considering closing it permanently - read more.

 

Trail: Ute Trail
Date: 10/8/14
By: Park Ranger

Trail: Bluebird Lake
Date: 10/7/14
By: Volunteers
Because Ouzel Falls bridge is out, used earlier trail (before Calypso Cascades) that leads past backcountry sites. The trail used is on Wild Basin hiking map. It begins before Calypso Cascades and is shown on map as dotted line. The trail eventually leads to trail system that leads to Ouzel Lake and then Bluebird. Entire trail system clear of snow until about 1/4 mile before Bluebird Lake. In this area depth varied and traction devices were helpful. No snow at Bluebird Lake.

Trail: Granite Falls via Green Mtn Loop to Onahu Trail
Date: 10/5/14
By: Visitor
Trail wet and muddy in spots.

Trail: Bear Lake
Date: 10/3/14
By: Park Ranger
Trail around Bear Lake free of snow.

Trail: East Inlet to Lake Verna
Date: 10/3/14
By: Park Ranger
Minor snow above the Little Yellowstone. Some water along the way but passable. More snow at the Ditch road, but Ditch road clear.

Trail: Ouzel Falls Bridge
Date: 10/2/14
By: Park Ranger
The bridge at Ouzel Falls in the Wild Basin area is out and will not be replaced this year.An engineering problem will result in the bridge not being completed until sometime next year.

Trail: Flattop
Date: 10/2/14
By: Park Visitor
On approach to Dream and Emerald Lake overlooks there can be drifts of snow over the trail up to two feet deep. Expect snow drifted across trail above treeline. Can be 18" deep.

Trail: Emerald Lake
Date: 10/2/14
By: Park Visitor
Snow on trail before and at Emerald Lake. Can be 2-3" deep.

Trail: Alberta Falls
Date: 10/2/14
By: Park Visitor
Trail free of snow to Alberta Falls.

Trail: Bear to Fern Lake Trailhead
Date: 10/2/14
By: Park Visitor
Began hike at Bear Lake. Trail near approach to Lake Helene snow-covered with 1-2" of snow. Here trail still easy to follow. Just before Sourdough Campsite trail covered with drifts 6-7" deep. When turning down to Odessa Gorge drifts got larger and snow several times was more than knee deep. Just above Odessa Lake trail generally ice-covered. Traction devices here would have been helpful. Trail icy until just before Fern Lake. Then we moved from winter to fall trail conditions.

Trail: Ouzel Lake
Date: 10/1/14
By: Park Visitor
Two inches of snow at lake.

Trail: North Longs Peak and Boulder-Brook Trail
Date: 10/1/14
By: Park Visitor
From Glacier Gorge Junction followed North Longs Peak Trail to Boulder Brook Trail ending hike at Bierstadt Trailhead. Trails in good shape with cairns marking the route. These were helpful as we crossed the flood damage near the Boulder Brook Trail Junction.

Trail: Timberline Falls
Date: 9/30/14
By: Park Ranger
No snow on trail from Glacier Gorge Trailhead to the Loch. Trail from the Loch covered with snow and ice. Good hiking boots and poles helpful. Timberline Falls also covered with snow and ice. Did not attempt. Travel up Timberline Falls not recommended.

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

Did You Know?

a photo of a comfort station

Daily during the summer, Rocky's custodial crew cleans 102 toilets in comfort stations at trailheads and along roads. They also clean around 100 toilets in campground comfort stations, 30 visitor center toilets, and 35 toilets for park staff. That's 267 toilets cleaned every day of the summer!