Trail Conditions

From Rocky Mountain National Park:

HIGH WATER ADVISORY Streams are powerful, cold and relentless. Use extreme caution when approaching the water. Water levels generally rise in the afternoon and following thunderstorms. Due to rapid snowmelt, area trails and bridges may become impassable due to rising water levels.
Powerful currents can knock a person over and pull them downstream or underwater, where they may become trapped. Streamside rocks are often slippery, and nearby water may be deep. Always closely supervise children around all water, but especially near rivers and streams. Enjoy these beautiful streams and rivers from a distance.
PAVEMENT PRESERVATION PROJECT CLOSURES will occur in numerous locations throughout the summer in Rocky Mountain National Park. Plan ahead! Expect a busy summer, including full parking lots, congested roadways and entrance stations, busy trails, and wait times to board the park shuttle buses.

7/25/2019 July Wilderness Campsite-Flattop Mountain-Tonahutu Trail
Supposedly there is only one snowfield, mid-shin deep about 100 yards long, on Bighorn Flats. Visitors said microspikes were 'unnecessary.'
By a Visitor

7/25/2019 Ypsilon Lake
No snow at all. A few spots are rather muddy but passable.
By a Volunteer

7/24/2019 Mt. Ida
All the major snow patches are melted out, so no major obstacles at this time. An early start (6-6:30 am) recommended, because the lot fills pretty early.
By a Volunteer

7/22/2019 Lawn Lake and the Saddle
Lawn Lake, Crystal Lake, The Saddle: No significant snow anywhere on trail. After Lawn Lake, there are two short sections where the trail basically becomes a small creek. Protect the tundra and get your feet wet rather than walking on the fragile grass and flowers.
By a Visitor

7/22/2019 Sky Pond
Basically a "river" running over Timberline Falls. Otherwise no problems on trail.
By a Visitor

7/22/2019 Lion Lakes
Access is good to Lion Lake 1, with just one snow patch that requires a little more navigation. Spikes and poles might be helpful but it's doable without them. If you go to Lion Lake 2 (upper), that has quite a bit more snow so would be more challenging to get up there. Spikes probably would be useful and might be a bit strenuous.
By a Volunteer

7/22/2019 Bear Lake to Odessa Lake
The two snow fields above Odessa are still very tricky to navigate but are getting more manageable as they continue to melt out. The upper large snow field is a bit tricky when you come down, because you are on the rocks then have to step down onto the snow at a downward angle. It's slippery there and as you go across the first half, there were some significant post holes so need to just be aware. Poles and spikes are nice to have on that snow field. The smaller (lower) snow patch is pretty navigable. Not many folks have made their way across yet.
By a Visitor

7/20/2019 Lost Lake trail
Lost Lake trail was clear with some muddy areas. Patches of snow at the lake and above but you don’t have to walk through it. Lots of wildflowers!
Lower trail very busy as they hiked out Saturday morning.
By a Visitor

7/20/2019 Flattop Mountain- Hallett Peak
Flattop still has a decent size snowfield but manageable (with or without poles/spikes). The scramble up Hallett was pretty much snow-free.
By a Visitor

7/18/2019 Upper Ouzel Lake/Bluebird Trail
Upper Ouzel Creek campsite is snow free. Trail up to Bluebird, from the campsite turn off is mostly snow free, with a few snow fields. Some of the snow you can go around, couple you need to cross. Slushy and slippery, use caution.
By a Visitor

7/18/2019 Odessa Lake from Fern Lake Trailhead
Trail is completely clear and dry.
By a Volunteer

7/17/2019 Pear Lake
Pear Lake campsite is still half covered by snow. Most of the trail is snow free until about 1/4 mile before the lake which is impassable to horses.
By a Park Ranger

7/17/2019 Poudre River Trail
The Poudre River Trail that begins at Milner Pass was impassable. Snowmelt and rain have made the marshes too wet to cross and the trail impossible to follow.
By a Visitor

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