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.

2/20/2017
Endovalley - Old Fall River Road
Attempted to ski past the road closed sign but snow disappeared after 100 meters and was only skiable for half of the quarter mile we ventured. There was not enough snow off the road either. More asphalt than snow.
Visitor

2/19/2017
Mills Lake Trail
The winter trail and 98% of the summer trail are snow-packed....spikes work just fine. If you like the experience of snow shoes, you can venture off trail a bit....like the final summer assent to the lake.
Visitor

2/17/2017
The Loch
You can make it to the Loch with just microspikes.
Visitor

2/17/2017
Pool-Cub Lake Loop
Used traction devices and hiking poles. Due to recent weather, trail was in spring conditions and was at times muddy, slushy, crusty, and they even postholed.
Visitor

2/16/2017
Mills Lake & The Loch
We had both traction devices and snowshoes. The trails were very snowpacked and the traction devices came in handy. Both trails can be done in just traction devices, with minimal postholing.
Visitor

2/15/2017
Lily Lake
Hiked around Lily Lake. The trail was packed with deep snow (up to 1 ft.) also had many icy patches. The construction detour was hard to find. Did post hole sometimes. Used traction devices and hiking poles.
Volunteer

2/14/2017
Glacier Creek Trail
From Sprague to Glacier Gorge expect spring conditions: icy conditions in the morning and slushy conditions in the afternoon. Trail is in poor condition, primarily from deep postholes left by hikers. Snowshoes recommended to prevent postholing or falling into existing holes.
Visitor

2/14/2017
Old Fall River Road
The road to Chasm Falls varied from clear, to mushy, to crunchy snow/ice.
Visitor

2/14/2017
The Pool
Hiked from the Fern Lake trailhead to the Pool. The trail was covered in slushy snow that wasn't deep also had icy patches. Did use traction devices and poles.
Volunteer

2/13/2017
Gem Lake area
Snow is off the trail but there are places that are icy and snow-packed. Traction devices such as microspikes or trax would definitely make the hiking more enjoyable.
Volunteer

2/13/2017
Bear Lake trailhead
Although over 5 feet of snow on the ground, trails within 2 miles of Bear Lake are snow packed. Good hiking boots would be OK but spikes might make it easier. If you go off trail, you definitely need snowshoes. You can walk around Bear Lake on the lake near the shore. Bear Lake is solidly frozen except at inlets and outlets.
Volunteer

2/13/2017
Allenspark Trailhead to Finch Lake
Trail is well packed. Snowshoes are necessary for much of the hike. A few downed trees along the way but they are passable.
Volunteer

 

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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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