Trail Conditions

Five visitors and a ranger run through snow in snowshoes
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1/29/2018
The Pool and on to Fern Lake
The road past the gate is not icy but has patchy snow places. Traction devices are needed to The Pool as there is a thin layer of snow in some places as well as a couple long stretches of bare solid ice that is dangerous. The trail from The Pool to Fern Lake is well tracked and doesn't need traction devices or snowshoes.
Visitor

1/29/2018
Mills Lake from Glacier Gorge via Summer Trail
Packed smow, some bare trail. Traction not needed for much of trail but there are icy spots and drifting snow close to Mills Lake where some post-holing occurred.
Visitor

1/29/2018
Lumpy Ridge to Gem Lake
Some packed snow in shaded areas. Very icy in several places. Traction devices would make the hike MUCH more enjoyable.
Visitor

1/29/2018
Bear Lake Trail (0.5 mile loop)
Snow covered with large drifts. Traction or snowshoes highly desirable. It is easier to walk out on the lake on right side, but open water still visible near the inlet.
Volunteer

1/29/2018
Cub Lake
First 1 1/2 mile is bare with a few icy spots that are not treacherous. Snow covered and packed for the final mile or so. Snowshoes not needed but traction might be helpful, especially coming down in some spots.
Volunteer

1/26/2018
Emerald Lake
Be prepared! Trail was snowy, and it was icy in places. Hiking poles plus traction devices a good idea from Bear Lake to Dream Lake; traction devices plus snowshoes advised from Dream Lake to Emerald Lake. Boots only are not ok! Emerald Lake received at least 5" of new snow on Fri, 1/26.
Visitor

1/25/2018
Mills Lake from Glacier Gorge on winter trail
Trail was hardpacked snow with a couple of bare spots. Snowshoes needed beginning around Jewel Lake.
Visitor

1/25/2018
Deer Mountain
Some packed snow and bare areas in first 2 miles. Soft snow begins once you enter the forest, but it's not hard to negotiate with traction devices. Some snow drifted over trail. Traction devices were adequate for the whole trail.
Volunteer

1/18/2018
Twin Sisters Trail
The only snow encountered was hard-packed. Traction devices are recommended. Snowshoes were not needed.
Visitor

1/18/2018
Wild Basin Falls
Trail is well packed to Copeland Falls (with some areas free of snow) and then to Calpyso Cascades. Packed softer snow to Ouzel Falls. Traction devices recommended; snowshoes weren't needed.
Volunteer

1/16/2018
Loch Vale
Great snow for snowshoeing!
Volunteer

1/15/2018
Estes Cone
Hiked to Estes Cone from Longs Peak Trailhead. Trail was mostly snowpacked with some patches of dirt/rock. Be careful following tracks, which often lead off trail. Stay right past Eugenia Mine for the correct route. Traction devices helpful, especially on the descent.
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.

Last updated: February 1, 2018

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