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Brian Morgan
(bmor831) - F

Locale: Houston, TX
Colorado Trail Clothing System on 01/25/2011 18:11:34 MST Print View

I will be going out on the Colorado Trail this summer, probably starting out mid-June. I will be on the trail anywhere from a week or however long it takes me to complete the trail, just depends on my summer work schedule. I know this is about a month earlier than everyone suggests for doing the CT. I'm wondering what kind of weather to expect at that time and also need some suggestions on my clothing system since I've never backpacked in a mountainous area being from Texas.

After doing quite a bit of research on BPL and other blogs I am looking to take a longsleeve 1/4 zip capilene 2 shirt, a nike windshirt,driducks rain jacket, and a Marmot Zeus jacket. Is this appropriate for the conditions?

On the bottom I will be bringing Under Armour boxer briefs,capilene 2 pants, and some REI convertible pants. Is this enough on the bottom and will I need the bottoms to my driducks?

Thanks for the help guys! Lots of questions to come on this trip.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Colorado Trail Clothing System on 01/25/2011 18:51:52 MST Print View

It's better to ask those questions at the CT Forum at

As to timing,

"The window for hiking the Colorado Trail is relatively narrow, beginning no earlier than mid-to-late June and ending no later than late September/ early October. Before mid-late June there is generally too much snow in the high country and after early October there is a very great chance there will be a snowstorm where the snow will accumulate and not melt the following day."

Edited by wandering_bob on 01/25/2011 18:53:45 MST.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
The CT on 01/25/2011 21:26:28 MST Print View

I have researched the CT and found from locals in Boulder who've done it end-to-end that the southern 1/2 is by far the best part of it. I guess horse and bike traffic and lack of nice scenery is the problem in the northern 1/2, closer to Denver.

Afternoon thunderstorms (and the accompanying lightning) is the problem on high areas in August.

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Colorado Trail Clothing System on 01/25/2011 21:32:19 MST Print View

I've done the CT and the Colorado segment of the CDT. Of you two, I prefer the CDT. But if you're set on the CT, try not to be a purist. It often sticks low in the trees and misses the good stuff!

As for clothing... Your choices are perfectly fine. I'd definitely bring the rain pants, and I'd probably ditch the windshirt. I'd also consider hiking in a tshirt...

Weather wise, it's a crapshoot. And depending on snowpack, you'll probably have some snow to walk on. Judging on conditions, you may even find yourself needing an ice axe.