~ Chris Tomer ~
I’ve been working on quantifying the melt-out dates for Summer hikers/climbers/bikers for the last couple days. Keep in mind these are “most likely dates” based on statistics at particular elevations. It’s sourced from NRCS SNOTEL data. Additional storm systems could delay these projections. And, there will certainly be pockets of deep snow in couloirs, higher elevations, and shaded areas beyond these dates so take traction and pack accordingly.
*Next 45 days:
The best data suggests “Below Normal Temperatures in CO and Above Normal Precipitation”. This would delay melting.
Memorial Day Weekend: Plan on deep snowpack in most zones at mid and high elevations.
July 4 Weekend: Pockets of deep snowpack lingering at mid and high elevations mixed with complete melt-out in spots. May still need traction.
***Note: “Melt-out” does not mean 100% free of visual snow every where you look. It refers to these NRCS SNOTEL automated sensors being free of snow. We’ll have visual snow well into July.
If your plans include time on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail or th…
If your plans include time on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail or the Colorado Trail through Monarch Mountain, make sure you are aware of the upcoming closures.
From August 22 through September 30, Monarch Mountain will be conducting felling and helicopter operations to remove dead trees along the Continental Divide that have been infected by the spruce beetle.
A 3.16 mile section through the Monarch Mountain Ski Area (Continental Divide Trail – between segments 19-017RR and 19-035RR) will involve a detour to allow these timber removal operations to take place safely.
Learn more about the closures: https://www.skimonarch.com/cdnst-ct-detour/
Please direct your questions to our partners at U.S. Forest Service – PSICC National Forest.
Hiker Struck By Lightning in Rocky Mountain National Park
Hiker struck by lightning in Rocky Mountain National Park: http://rockymountainhikingtrails.blogspot.com/2019/08/hiker-struck-by-lightning-strike-in.html
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