Trail Conditions

Winter trails
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't still enjoy Rocky! Learn about snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, and more.

NPS photo/Bonnie Beach

 
 
 

Winter Conditions
Winter is a spectacular time to visit the wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park. With a little bit of preparation, many exciting activities await you. Be sure to layer up with insulating, waterproof clothing, wear sunglasses, use sunscreen and carry water. We really want your trip to be both safe and enjoyable.

12/3/2016
Black Lake
Patchy snow until Mills lake, then snowshoes helpful.
Visitor

12/3/2016
Lawn Lake
The beginning of the trail is dry, then gives way to 4''-6'' of snow. Snowshoes helpful the last mile and a half. Drifted snow made trail hard to find.
Visitor

11/30/2016
Fern Lake
Hikeable from Fern Lake trailhead. 2 inches.
Visitor

11/29/2016
Sandbeach Lake
Packed snow and ice begin after Hole-in-the-Wall camping site. There is 3-5 inches of snow on trail for the last mile to the lake and snowshoes helpful but not required.
Visitor

11/29/2016
Lawn Lake
Little or no snow on trail up to the Ypsilon trail junction. Trail was snow packed above that junction.
Visitor

11/27/2016
Tonahutu Trail
Trailhead to Kawuneeche junction has 3-4 inches of snow. Not much foot traffic, so snow is soft. Traction is not needed. Lower Tonahutu has been cleared of trees. Big Meadow-Upper Tonahutu has not been cleared of trees. Approximately 4" of snow at Big Meadow.
Park Ranger

11/27/2016
Green Mountain Trail
3-4" of snow. Snow is hard packed and icy. Traction is recommended.
Park Ranger

11/27/2016
East Inlet
Trail to Adams Falls is clear of downed trees. 3-4" of packed down, icy snow. Traction is recommended. Beyond Adams Falls, the trail has not been cleared of trees. Approximately 15-20 large trees down between the Falls and Lone Pine Lake. 8-10" of snow at Lone Pine.
Park Ranger

11/25/2016
Cub Lake Loop
Trail from Cub Lake Trailhead is pretty much dry. In the aspen trees about half mile from Cub Lake, you will encounter icy conditions and snow pack. Trail around Cub Lake is clear. Icy areas on the downhill to The Pool. Trail from The Pool to Fern Lake Trailhead has a few icy patches but is mostly dry. Road is clear.
Volunteer

11/25/2016
Twin Sisters Trail
Icy from Trailhead to top of Washout. Snow and Packed Snow from top of Washout to Summit.
Park Ranger

11/25/2016
Bear Lake Area
Trails to Mills Lake, The Loch, Lake Haiyaha, Dream Lake, Emerald Lake and Nymph Lake. Icy and Packed Snow in many areas. Traction devices recommended.
Park Ranger

11/25/2016
Fern and Spruce Lake Trails
Mostly dry trail from Fern Lake Trailhead to The Pool (a few patches of ice and packed snow). Icy with some Packed Snow from above the Pool to Fern Falls. Mostly Packed Snow (with some Icy Patches) from Fern Falls to Fern Lake. 2 to 4 inches of snow on the Trail from Fern Lake to Spruce Lake. Traction devices recommended.
Volunteer

11/23/2016
Sandbeach Lake
Packed ice and snow on upper trail. Snowshoes not needed but traction very helpful.
Visitor

 

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For Your Safety

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.

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

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.

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Estes Park, CO 80517

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