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Safety Tips for A Spectacular Summer on Silverthorne’s Trails

Published July 5, 2019

Summer has (finally) arrived in Silverthorne, and while this winter’s epic snowfall delivered spectacular wildflowers and lush vegetation along Summit County’s extensive trail system, it also left behind some damage and avalanche debris on area trails.  The Silverthorne Pulse caught up with White River National Forest Recreation Manager Cory Richardson for an update on what to expect on trails in and around Silverthorne this summer:

With the above average snowfall, a late start to spring, and a record avalanche season this past winter, it is important for folks recreating near Silverthorne to remember that there are large numbers of down trees on many National Forest trails.  Also several trails, such as the Aqueduct Trail near Keystone and the Recreation Path in Ten-Mile Canyon, were impacted by large amounts of avalanche debris. 

Efforts are currently underway to clear the debris and other downed trees as the trails melt out.  Forest Service employees, volunteers, and partners are focusing on the highest-use trails closest to trailheads first and hope to clear most trails over the course of the summer.

Hikers and bikers should remember that there are still significant amounts of snow above 11,000 feet, and that they should expect to encounter snow and ice in shady areas and high elevations through at least mid-July. Folks are encouraged to plan accordingly and wear proper footwear.

Before heading out for the day in Colorado high country, I encourage folks to check the weather forecast on the NOAA website and to remember that it can be significantly colder at higher elevations such as atop Quandry Peak, than in the town of Silverthorne.

For updates on trail and road conditions, it is recommended that hikers and bikers stop by the Forest Service Office at 680 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne.  The office is open Monday through Saturday, and staff are also available to give updates on trails via phone at (970) 468-5400. Important forest information and notices can also be found on the White River National Forest website.

As always, we encourage locals and visitors alike to practice Colorado’s Leave No Trace Principles, and to Care for Colorado when on Silverthorne’s trails this summer.

For more information on Silverthorne’s trail system and top trail recommendations from the Silverthorne SPORT Committee, click here.