Trail Conditions

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Hikers with traction devices on snowy Boulder Brook trail
Hiker with traction devices and poles on snowy November trail

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Longs Peak: View the Longs Peak Conditions Report

East Troublesome and Cameron Peak Fire Closures: View Fire Information Area Closures

 

Trail Closures

East Troublesome and Cameron Peak Fire Closures

  • Some park trails and areas remain closed due to fire impacts. Park staff will continue to assess these areas for safety and downed trees, being mindful of high winds that occur this time of year causing more trees to fall. Learn more here.
 

Trail Conditions

 
RMNP Trail Conditions Report as of Nov 29, 2021

PARKWIDE: Many trails above about 9,500 feet are icy, and traction devices and hiking poles are helpful. Conditions can change rapidly so plan ahead and be prepared.

Any Time of Year: Choose Your Destination Wisely. Always tell someone where you’re going, where you will be parked, what your intended route is, when you plan to be back home; and then let them know when you return.

Approximately 30,000 acres or 9 percent of RMNP has been impacted by the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak Fires. Some park trails remain temporarily closed due to the level of fire impacts and ongoing safety assessments. This website is updated as trails reopen. Please see the link above

A link to the Longs Peak Conditions Report is above, including information on the Keyhole Route Conditions, plus conditions to hike to Chasm Lake.


REMEMBER, PETS ARE PROHIBITED ON ALL RMNP TRAILS, TUNDRA AND MEADOW AREAS

11/28/2021 Boulder Brook-North Longs Peak Trail-Alberta Falls-Glacier Creek Trail
Spikes would be helpful on the Boulder Brook Trail, especially if going downhill, as it is icy in spots. The North Longs Peak Trail is snowy but not icy. Snowshoes and spikes are not necessary. A half-mile either side of Alberta Falls it is very icy and spikes are recommended. The Glacier Creek trail is very icy in spots the first mile, and then dry to the Storm Pass Trailhead; spikes are helpful that first mile.
By a Volunteer

11/27/2021 Sprague Lake
The trail around Sprague Lake is dry and clear.
By a Volunteer

11/27/2021 Lake Haiyaha
Trail icy and traction devices recommended from Bear Lake to Nymph Lake and beyond. The summer trail via Dream Lake to Lake Haiyaha is still clear enough to hike with traction devices, which are necessary the whole way.
By a Volunteer

11/26/2021 Onahu Creek to Upper Onahu
Onahu creek packed snow conditions, traction devices recommended. Watch for downed trees and standing dead near trail. Upper Onahu packed and unpacked snow 6+ inches in shaded tree sections, watch for downed trees and standing dead. Traction devices, water resistant footwear, and gators recommended. Be wary of frozen creeks crossing the trail.
By a Park Ranger

11/26/2021 Old Fall River Road
Old Fall River Road is dry for the first 2½ miles, then a few small patches of snow and some snow on the curves after mile three, but then more bare surface. None of the snow is more than a couple of inches deep, and most areas also have gravel. All easy walking. Did not go as far as Willow Park. The trail down to the Chasm Falls viewpoint is dry.
By a Volunteer

11/25/2021 Emerald Lake
Trail is icy to Nymph Lake and Dream Lake. Trail to Emerald Lake icy and snow packed above Dream Lake. Traction Devices should definitely be used the whole way. Do not walk on any of the lakes.
By a Volunteer

11/24/2021 Ouzel Falls
Trail mostly dry until Calypso Cascades. From Calypso to Ouzel Falls there are a number of icy spots. Traction highly recommended. Calypso is fairly frozen but Ouzel still has a trickle of water coming down from ice at the top and the bottom.
By a Visitor

11/22/2021 Bierstadt from Bierstadt Trailhead
Switchbacks are dry. Trail down from high point has a thin layer of snow and ice. Trail around south side of the lake is mostly sand with some snow. Path along edge of Lake is icy snow. Trail around north and west of lake has a thin layer of ice and snow along with bare sections. Those with spikes are merrily traipsing along. Spikes aren’t essential if you’re careful and have poles, but are recommended.
By a Volunteer

11/21/2021 Alberta Falls
Trail from Glacier Gorge is icy in spots. Going up after second bridge is very icy. Be careful. The Falls is completely frozen.
By a Volunteer

11/20/2021 Timberline Falls
Traction devices should be used for this trip. Crampons and possibly an ice axe needed to climb the falls. Very few people were getting up there without the right gear. Do not walk on any of the lakes.
By a Volunteer

11/19/2021 Lawn Lake
Hiked to Lawn Lake. Snowshoes were not required until about 1 mile below the Lake.
By a Volunteer

11/18/2021 Fern Falls
Past The Pool, this trail was impacted by last year’s East Troublesome Fire. The trail leading to Fern Falls is a little icy before the falls. It's worse coming down than going up. The falls are still flowing.
By a Volunteer

11/17/2021 Lake Helene
Followed the summer trail. The trail to Lake Helene starts out with a mix of bare ground and slushy ice, then more snow and slushy ice after the Bierstadt Trail junction. Mostly thin, soft, packed snow after the Flattop Mountain junction. Spikes worn most of the time and the afternoon snow was soft.
By a Volunteer

11/13/2021 East Inlet Trail to Lone Pine Lake
Trail primarily clear with a few icy patches almost up to Lone Pine Lake. Approaching the lake becomes snow-covered and difficult to navigate.
By a Visitor
 

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For Your Safety

These Trail Conditions reports are the viewpoints of the submitters, whether park staff, volunteers, or visitors. Conditions can change rapidly in the mountains. Use these reports only as guidelines. Be prepared for varying weather and trail conditions.

Falling trees are ever-present hazards when traveling in the forest. Be aware of your surroundings. Dead trees can fall without warning!

Due to the September 2013 Flood, missing foot bridges, uneven trail surfaces, unstable slopes, falling trees due to soil moisture, rutted trails, damaged water bars and steps, standing water, difficult water crossings, and missing directional signs could be encountered. Most of Rocky Mountain National Park is designated wilderness, where self-reliance and adventure are expected. Hikers should be prepared to take responsibility for their own actions; search and rescue may be delayed. Be prepared to stay overnight even if you are a day hiker. Hiking poles may be helpful on uneven trails. Route finding skills may be required. Carry a map and compass and other backcountry travel essentials. Hike at your own risk.

Last updated: November 29, 2021

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