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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby peter303 » Sun May 19, 2013 10:56 am

I did my May Trail Ridge Road altititude conditioning hike this weekend (last weekend before the mass invasion).
Patchy snow 9500' to 11000'. Solid snow about 11000. Some of the road cuts were ten feet deep.

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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby PaliKona » Sun May 19, 2013 12:35 pm

When does trail ridge open?

BTW dumping above 10000' in Summit
Needless to say I held off with the hike with my 17 month old until next week ;)

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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby TravelingMatt » Mon May 20, 2013 9:57 pm

The Dillon Ice Melt tripped today, May 20. This is the third or fourth latest time in the event's 28-year history. (Probably the fourth latest, as the other May 20 melt was at 20.57.)

The Nenana Ice Classic also ended today, which was its latest melt ever.
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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby climbingaggie03 » Mon May 20, 2013 11:28 pm

crazy to compare this year to last year, especially considering what the weather was like until the very end of winter. I want to say that lake dillon melted in mid april last year? Crazy, but it's nice to have the moisture, even if it's a bit late for skiing inbounds.

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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby summitrunner » Tue May 21, 2013 7:38 am

I ran up Straight Creek Road and only started running into snow about halfway up to the tunnel. Muddy spots should be expected.

North Tenderfoot is muddy/snowy/icy. This trail is always later because of the tree cover.

Straight Creek trails near Dillon Valley Elem and Dillon Valley East are muddy.

Iron Springs behind the hospital/high school is in great shape.

Ophir, on the other hand, is still snowy.

Miners Creek Road is muddy but not too bad.

Frisco Peninsula has a few muddy spots but great otherwise.

Dillon Nature Perserve Road is dry, but haven't tried the inner trails yet.

Rec Path is clear.

I will keep an eye out for some of my other favs. I am trying for the Farmer's Korner-Iron Springs-Miners Creek-Peaks Trail-Gold Hill-Farmer's Korner loop this Friday.

A very useful page for the awesome trails in Summit: http://www.dillonrangerdistrict.com/summer_trail_list.htm

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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby highplaces » Tue May 21, 2013 3:29 pm

summitrunner wrote:I am trying for the Farmer's Korner-Iron Springs-Miners Creek-Peaks Trail-Gold Hill-Farmer's Korner loop this Friday.


Would this be an easy-to-follow loop? I've not been on these trails before and it looks like there are a couple of trails near Iron Springs. Is it pretty straightforward from the school?

How about the rest of the trail junctions along the way? Easy to figure out? Can you do Iron Springs right to Peaks Trail or is it better to take Miners Creek to Peaks Trail? Thanks.

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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby TravelingMatt » Fri May 24, 2013 3:38 pm

Friday, 5/24/13

Original plan was to hike the Peaks Trail from Frisco to Breck one-way and take the bus back.

There is a LOT of snow back there. Starts about half a mile south of Rainbow Lake and becomes mostly continuous before you get to 10,000 feet. I ended up taking Peaks only as far as the Gold Hill trail, then taking Gold Hill to highway 9. By comparison, I hiked the entire length of Peaks last year on May 5, and the very occasional patches of snow were booted down and firm.

Gold Hill had only intermittent snow, but still a lot of mud and runoff (trail could use some water bars).

I wouldn't touch either of these trails for another week or so. Nothing has really changed in the last week; expect snow if you plan to get into five digits of elevation. Happy postholing!
So pleas'd at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky,
Th' increasing prospects tire our wand'ring eyes,
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise!
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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby justiner » Fri May 24, 2013 3:52 pm

"Mud Season"
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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby TravelingMatt » Fri May 24, 2013 3:53 pm

justiner wrote:"Mud Season"


Yes. Whatever you have on your feet, it had better be waterproof.
So pleas'd at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky,
Th' increasing prospects tire our wand'ring eyes,
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise!
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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby PaliKona » Fri May 24, 2013 5:24 pm

How about Mayflower Gulch?

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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby TravelingMatt » Fri May 24, 2013 6:22 pm

PaliKona wrote:How about Mayflower Gulch?


I did see cars there when I drove by last week, but take your snowshoes.
So pleas'd at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky,
Th' increasing prospects tire our wand'ring eyes,
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise!
-- Alexander Pope

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Re: Summit County trail conditions

Postby TravelingMatt » Mon May 27, 2013 5:37 pm

Monday, 5/27/13

North Tenmile Trail from I-70 to the junction with the Gore Range Trail, then north on the Gore Range for about a mile, to continuous, soft snow at 10,900 feet.

Tenmile Trail is dry to the wilderness sign and mostly dry beyond it. What snow exists is packed down (this is a popular trail in winter), and summer shoes will be OK. One of the stream crossings is a little tricky.

Gore Range Trail to the north is mostly dry, then it suddenly becomes a mess once the trail turns to the north. Looked to be a ton of snow if you tried to take the the trail to the south.
So pleas'd at first the towering Alps we try,
Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky,
Th' increasing prospects tire our wand'ring eyes,
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise!
-- Alexander Pope

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