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Snow free trail running?

Postby Vids » Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:56 am

Just wondering if anyone could give me an idea of trail conditions for some of the front range hiking trails, I am looking to do some trail running next weekend and would prefer a location that is free of snow. I'm thinking of Mount Falcon, Deer Creek Canyon, Green Mountain, one of those parks in the foothills.

Any info would be appreciated, thanks!

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Re: Snow free trail running?

Postby Tory Wells » Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:29 am

Deer Creek Canyon has a lot of ice in the canyon proper, then is hit and miss on the other trails depending on orientation and shade. Screw shoes or spikes would be helpful in the canyon. There's also some mud to contend with. I haven't been to Mt Falcon but I know from experience that it too will have ice in the shaded areas/north-facing aspects but will be mostly snow free. Green Mt has almost no shade so there shouldn't be any ice, except in maybe the most shaded of northern aspects, but even then you should not have to worry about ice or even much mud on Green.

I ran Matthews/Winters and Dakota Ridge last week and it was mostly dry, except for the north side of the Morrison Slide trail. Happy trails.
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Re: Snow free trail running?

Postby Jon Frohlich » Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:41 am

White Ranch is almost all dry except for a few short patches of mud and ice. Not enough to be a big deal at all.

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Re: Snow free trail running?

Postby siop » Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:46 am

Apex always has a bit of ice on the Argos trail, but otherwise is mostly snow free. Matthew-Winters and North Table are also mostly snow free. I haven't been to Green Mountain in a bit, but its usually snow free, its just not my favorite trail. Last time I was at Falcon was about 2 weeks ago and it was mostly snowpacked. Probably not as bad now, but there are some shady spots that are probably still icy.
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Re: Snow free trail running?

Postby XrunclimbskiX » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:25 pm

I did North table yesterday and it is completely snow free. That may change with the little dusting of snow we are supposed to get tonight but I doubt it. Have fun!

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Re: Snow free trail running?

Postby SurfNTurf » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:46 pm

Jeffco Open Space recently went live with a trail conditions page. It's only a placeholder because we're in the process of redesigning the website, but the info is there.
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Re: Snow free trail running?

Postby peter303 » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:51 pm

Lakewood Green Mountain was almost snow/ice/mud free yesterday. Just a little in the nose of switchbacks.
All the parking lots were jammed full by the time I finished late morning. Nice weather.

I saw some idiot cigarette butts on the trail. That place could ignite in a second.

Re: Snow free trail running?

Postby FireOnTheMountain » Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:22 pm

Mt. Sanitas (Boulder) was clear.

Didn't do them but Bear and Green Mtn looked like they had a little white action. I'm sure nothing that would stop one from running them still.
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Re: Snow free trail running?

Postby VagabondSurveyor » Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:56 pm

Yup, ran at Deer Creek on Saturday, a bit muddy and a little icy/slushy snow in some areas.. I would consider it a snow free run..

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Re: Snow free trail running?

Postby pbakwin » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:00 pm

Snow is not an issue pretty much everywhere in City of Boulder mtn parks. Heil Ranch is also clear, which means that Hall is probably fine too. However, snow is predicted tonight.

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Re: Snow free trail running?

Postby Ridge runner » Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:13 pm

^Yeah, Hall Ranch was clear as of early this morning. Trails further north are pretty good too; Devils Backbone in Loveland and all the way up to Blue Sky/Coyote Ridge are dry.

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Re: Snow free trail running?

Postby doggler » Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:14 pm

All COS trails are free of snow as well.

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