Trail Conditions

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Longs Peak: View the Longs Peak Conditions Report

East Troublesome and Cameron Peak Fire Closures: View Fire Information Area Closures

 

Trail Closures

East Troublesome and Cameron Peak Fire Closures

  • Many park trails and areas remain closed due to fire impacts. Park staff will continue to assess these areas for fire activity, safety and downed trees, being mindful of high winds that occur this time of year causing more trees to fall. Learn more here.
 

Trail Conditions

 
RMNP Trail Conditions Report as of June 25, 2021
It has been warm in the park and most trails are melting quickly. Snowshoes are no longer needed on most trails, although some higher, more remote trails could still use traction devices, warm winter clothes, sturdy boots and poles, headlamps, and a knowledge of how to navigate the terrain. Mornings could still be icy above 11,000 feet - 12,000 feet elevation.

Any Time of Year: Choose Your Destination Wisely. Always tell someone where you’re going, where you will be parked, what your intended route is, when you plan to be back home; and then let them know when you return.

This summer, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) is implementing a new pilot temporary timed entry permit reservation system. Park staff are managing for significant increases in visitation to public lands in Colorado, including, along with continued Covid-19 concerns, ongoing park seasonal staff shared housing challenges and residual fire impacts in some areas of the park from historic fires in 2020. Two types of reservations are available. One permit is for the Bear Lake Road Corridor, which includes the entire corridor and access to the rest of the park. This reservation period is from 5 am to 6 pm. Reservations are not required on the Bear Lake Road Corridor before 5 am or after 6 pm. The second permit is for the rest of RMNP, excluding the Bear Lake Road corridor. This reservation period is from 9 am to 3 pm. Reservations are not required for this area prior to 9 am or after 3 pm. Reservations allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability. The reservation system is for all areas of the park. Please see the park website, Timed Entry Permit System - Rocky Mountain National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) and make reservations online at Recreation.gov - Camping, Cabins, RVs, Permits, Passes & More

Approximately 30,000 acres or 9 percent of RMNP has been impacted by the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak Fires. Many park trails remain temporarily closed due to the level of fire impacts and ongoing safety assessments. This website is updated as trails reopen. Please see the link aboveA link to the Longs Peak Conditions Report is above. You will find information on the Keyhole Route Conditions plus conditions to hike to Chasm Lake.


REMEMBER, PETS ARE PROHIBITED ON ALL RMNP TRAILS, TUNDRA AND MEADOW AREAS.

6/23/2021 Boulder Field
Trail is almost entirely snow free to the Boulder Field - no traction devices are needed. Trail between Chasm Junction and Granite Pass is very wet.
By a Park Ranger

6/23/2021 Lawn Lake Trail
Trail is dry up to Lawn Lake. Some snowfields remain between Lawn Lake and the Saddle.
By a Park Ranger

6/19/2021 Red Mountain Trail
Red Mountain Trail has been cleared of down trees.
By a Park Ranger

6/19/2021 Colorado River Trail
The Colorado River Trail has been cleared of down trees past Lulu City.
By a Park Ranger

6/17/2021 Two Rivers Lake, Lake Helene, Ptarmigan Tarn
Four big trees down after the Flattop Mountain Junction and before Sourdough Campsite. Between Sourdough and Lake Helene there are four smaller trees down.Trail is wet in spots with melting snow. About ¾ mile past the trail junction to Flattop Mountain there was still substantial snow on the trail. Considerable snow at Two Rivers Lake and Lake Helene. No problem finding the trail despite the snow. Lakes are all thawed, higher lakes have some ice.
By a Volunteer

6/16/2021 Calypso Cascades
Trail is washed out by passable and muddy.It is always a better idea to walk through mud rather than around it, which protects trails from further damage.
By a Ranger

6/15/2021 Boulder Brook Trail
Hiked from Bear Lake, past Alberta Falls to the Boulder Brook trail, then down to Sprague Lake (8 miles). Trail is completely clear (as would be expected) with running snow-melt water in places. Shuttle bus system may be utilized to do this hike.
By a 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.

Last updated: June 25, 2021

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Estes Park, CO 80517

Phone:

(970) 586-1206
Through winter, the Information Office is open 8:00 am–4:00 pm Mon–Fri. Recorded Trail Ridge Road status: (970) 586-1222.

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