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Summit County trail conditions

Postby TravelingMatt » Thu May 16, 2013 5:40 pm

I thought it would be useful to start a thread on trail conditions in this area, considering how much of the conversation is turning into what's melting where and how fast. Others can post reports, and not necessarily limited to Summit; it's just that I try to get out every other day or so here.

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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby TravelingMatt » Thu May 16, 2013 5:46 pm

Monday, 5/13/13
Meadow Creek and Lily Pad Lake trails
From TH off rotary at I-70

Took MC to about ¼ mile above junction with LPL trail, then cam back and hiked LPL up to the lake. About 1.6 miles one way; max elev 9900'

Lower part of MC trail (before junction) some snow which is not too much of a hassle. Beyond junction, I hiked without snowshoes until I got tired of postholing. Trail to Lily Pad Lake has fair amount of mud, runoff and snow, but is dry in open areas. Lake was still frozen and area around it had 1-2 feet of snow.
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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby TravelingMatt » Thu May 16, 2013 6:04 pm

Thursday, 5/16/13
Ptarmigan Trail
From TH above Silverthorne

Went about 3 miles in, to deep snow at 10,200 feet.

Trail is 80% dry. One long mud/runoff area where it passes under the power lines. A few extensive stretches of snow, but they are mostly firm and bootable, with only occasional postholing, and never more than about a foot deep. A few blowdowns but nothing too intrusive. I took snowshoes but never put them on.

At 10,000' is an obvious overlook, and a few hundred feet afterwards the trail turns to the east where it quickly encounters extensive snow. This snow was soft and deep, and no tracks were present.
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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby PaliKona » Fri May 17, 2013 9:25 am

I'd like to get my wife and 16 month old out for a hike..are there any trails in Summit or Vail area that are pretty dry or at least not too muddy?
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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby highplaces » Fri May 17, 2013 9:45 am

The Oro Grande trail in Dillon is dry. Great views from there. Also, you could head up Tenderfoot Trail from there, I'm not sure if you'll find snow as you get higher.
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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby TravelingMatt » Fri May 17, 2013 9:58 am

highplaces wrote:The Oro Grande trail in Dillon is dry. Great views from there. Also, you could head up Tenderfoot Trail from there, I'm not sure if you'll find snow as you get higher.


Tenderfoot was dry to the "trail end" sign as of last week. I followed the unofficial trail another 500 feet or so up. Steadily increasing snow until it got to constant soft 2+ feet deep stuff.
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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby davebobk47 » Fri May 17, 2013 10:37 am

Rainbow lakes in Frisco will be mostly dry
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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby TravelingMatt » Fri May 17, 2013 4:43 pm

Friday, 5/17/13
Went back into the Montezuma area.

Webster Pass Road is blocked by snow at the uppermost residence. No parking along residential area as always. Didn't go back further but the road won't be accessible anytime soon.

I parked at the large parking area and snowshoed 2+ miles up Deer Creek road to treeline. Snow starts soon after the parking area and is 1-3 feet deep. Floatation is necessary and effective, but expect to posthole if you deviate from tracked areas. Snow was noticeably softer on descent, even though it was only an hour or two after I went up. The USFS gate about a mile in was open, not that it mattered. Ridgelines are beginning to dry out.

Peru Creek Road is gated and I walked back about a mile to the creek crossing. Snow starts covering the road shortly beyond the gate, but it is possible to stay on dirt almost the entire way. Past the creek the snow looked more persistent, and I have to imagine the snow is still as deep as it was at similar elevations on the Deer Creek Road.

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Hope people find this helpful. TL;DR version is that it is mostly summer, or very close to it, up to about 10,000 feet but still winter above it, and that won't change for awhile. Now off to New Mexico.
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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby PaliKona » Fri May 17, 2013 6:48 pm

Great info thanks

Did anyone get into the north 10 mile area?
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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby PaliKona » Fri May 17, 2013 7:01 pm

Also, is the Tiki Bar open?
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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby TravelingMatt » Fri May 17, 2013 7:03 pm

PaliKona wrote:Also, is the Tiki Bar open?


No, they're doing construction down there. Ice Melt still hasn't tripped. Looking forward to a thawed, steadily rising lake when i get back though...
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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby MatB » Sun May 19, 2013 8:13 am

Anyone been to Northern Sangres? Looking to come in from the east this upcoming weekend around Lake Peak area. Curious if any floatation will be needed to reach the lakes ~ 10,500.

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