Trail Conditions

From Rocky Mountain National Park:

The Bowen-Baker Trailhead is currently closed due to high water.

6/21/2019 Ypsilon Lake Trail to Chipmunk Lake
Approximately half way between the bridge crossing the Roaring River and Chipmunk Lake the trail gets sloppy with snow melt water runoff, with puddles and running water. Approximately ½ mile from Chipmunk Lake, patches of snow are on the trail, but are easy to negotiate. Approximately 1/4 of a mile from Chipmunk Lake just before the trail crests, there are patches of snow with depths of up to 2 to 3 feet deep in spots. Snow was slushy as of mid to late morning and not always hard-packed. As the trail descends to Chipmunk Lake, there is considerably more snow and depths can exceed 3 feet. Traction devices and hiking poles recommended. Past hikers left foot prints and in some spots these prints sunk in to depths of over 2 feet. Some prints were on top of the snow, however, it was difficult to tell when the snow would support a hiker’s weight and when it would not. Snowshoes and poles recommended. Without snowshoes, conditions may be hazardous.
By a Volunteer

6/20/2019 Haynack--North Inlet Junction---July Trail
The bridge at the junction of Tonahutu Creek and Haynack Individual Site is out. So getting to the Haynack Creek site or Lake is not available. The campsite of Tonahutu has a snow slide that is coving the trail. The trail leading to July campsite is available. Snowshoes and spikes are required beyond this point. The junction of North Inlet Falls and July is snow free. Hiking from this junction to Lake Nokoni is snow covered and packed with 2 to 3 feet of snow. Hiking from Lake Nokoni to Lake Nanita is not possible due to 4 feet of snow covering the trail.
By a Park Ranger 

6/20/2019 Sandbeach Lake
Sandbeach Lake trail muddy and some snowdrifts, but quite passable. Used poles, but not traction devices.
By a Volunteer 

6/19/2019 Fern Lake – Spruce Lake – Odessa Lake
Hike to Fern Lake completely clear of snow except for last snowbank below the lake, which can easily be done without special equipment. 
Trail to Spruce Lake had patchy snow, requiring the use of trekking poles to navigate a few areas. Before the lake has a HUGE snowdrift about 6 feet high to go completely around. 
Backpacking campsites and privy clear of snow. 
Fern Lake to Odessa Lake trail is pretty clear with some patchy snow for the first half. About halfway there is a huge snowbank covering the trail over a narrow ledge. Very very hard to pass. Most people seem to be climbing down about 8 feet of rock wall and going under the affected trail, while footprints indicate at least one person went OVER the drift. Both ways are hazardous. Trail becomes very snowy past this point. At the split for Bear Lake, when the trails drops down to follow the creek, path is totally obscured by snow. Frequent postholing. Microspikes and trekking poles needed. Following the creek puts you pretty close to the water when it’s flowing, though often the whole creek is covered in ice, and it’s hard to determine where the banks are. The bridge across the creek is covered in ice, and hikers were not even sure where it was. 
By a Visitor

6/19/2019 Lawn Lake/The Saddle
Snow starts at the Black Canyon Junction. Lawn Lake is 95% frozen. Too much snow to find the actual wilderness campsites. Was able to hike to the Saddle through deep snow close to Lawn Lake and then spotty, but sometimes deep snow to the Saddle. Crystal Lake completely frozen and could not get there.
By a Visitor 

6/18/2019 Ditch Camp Wilderness Campsites
Visitor reported that the first 3½ miles of the trail is clear of snow, but some trees have fallen over the trail. The last mile to the site was completely snow-covered and they postholed into waist-deep snow. Half of the site was clear of snow.
By a Visitor 

6/17/2019 Andrews Creek
Hard to go any further than the junction with Sky Pond Trail as too much snow. Able to get thru Timberline Falls over ice. So much snow.
By a Visitor 

6/17/2019 Boulder Brook to Granite Pass
Not much snow at the Boulder Brook sites. Deep snow in the trees going up toward Granite Pass. Above trees fairly easy going.
By a Visitor 

6/16/2019 Black Lake
Just a few patches of snow around Mills Lake. Past Mills Lake the snow increases dramatically all the way to Black Lake. We initially were just hiking in boots but soon put on traction devices. Recommend ankle gaitors and hiking poles. This is not a beginners hike, there are lots of snow buried rocks, roots, branches, very wet, slippery and muddy with some moderately steep snow fields closer to the lake. Trail is mostly packed but we postholed more than we wanted. We can't remember seeing this much snow before. There are little creeks and streams everywhere. Lake is still semi frozen
By a Visitor 

6/17/2019 Dream Lake
The trail from Bear Lake to Dream Lake is mostly melted out. There's a 10-15 foot stretch of snow at the top of the section on the west side of Nymph Lake, just before the overlook. Just before one reaches Dream Lake, there's a lot of snow still where the trail crosses the creek below the outlet.
By a Volunteer 

6/17/2019 Dream Lake to Lake Haiyaha
The north-facing section of the trail from Dream Lake to Lake Haiyaha is still very snow-covered. The sign is visible. Be careful to not follow tracks, as many of the tracks up there are off-course and lead nowhere.
Going up the trail from the sign, one soon encounters a large, steep snowbank. The trail isn't well tracked and there are some very narrow spots. This trail is not ready for the casual hiker. Spikes and hiking poles important.
By a Volunteer 

6/17/2019 Alberta Falls
The trail to Alberta Falls is good, and the falls are roaring. Stay back from edges and protect children from rapid, high water.
By a Volunteer 

6/17/2019 Flattop Mountain
Very difficult strenuous hike to get to the top of Flattop Mountain. Snow begins to appear after the Flattop/Helene junction (one mile from Bear Lake). Higher up, the snow can be up to 4 feet deep. Some postholing. Traction devices recommended. 
By a Visitor 

6/17/2019 The Loch
The Trail to The Loch does not have much snow until near the Loch. 
By a Visitor 

6/14/2019 Porcupine Wilderness Campsite, Lake Nokoni, July Switchbacks
No snow at Porcupine Campsite. Trail was good until switchbacks to Lake Nokoni and July campsite. July still has 5+ feet of snow. No human tracks in the snow by the switchbacks. Same with Lake Nokoni trail.
By a Visitor 

6/14/2019 Glacier Gorge Wilderness Campsite
The site and access bridge are snow-free. The trail on the way is not.
By a Visitor 

6/13/2019 Park & Ride to Bierstadt to Bear Lake
A little bit of snow remains but is easily negotiated. Can be done with good hiking boots. 
By a Visitor 

6/12/2019 Ouzel Falls to Ouzel Lake
The trail to Ouzel Falls is totally clear of snow. The trail to Ouzel Lake is clear until you get to the junction. From the junction to the lake is totally snow-covered, about ½ mile. The snow is just beginning to melt making the conditions very slippery. You will need spikes and poles for sure. The trail is not marked but if you follow the tracks toward the lake, you will be fine. The lake is 95% clear of ice. The campsite at Ouzel is totally under snow. It is very difficult to reach.
By a Park Ranger 

6/12/2019 Finch Lake
Trail from the Finch Lake Trailhead toward Finch Lake was mostly snow-free the first 2.5 miles. At this point, snow and wet trails started and continued to the lake. The last mile to the lake was deep snow (2-4 feet) that had been melting, making it a tad challenging. 
The wilderness campsites at Finch Lake were mostly snow-free.
By a Park Ranger

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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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