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pine - colorado

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11th of December
Descent -64
High 9132
Length 1.5
Low 8866
Ascent 305
Weather 37° Mostly Sunny

Trail Difficulty: blue

Staunton's newest trail. A machine cut, rock-benched trail with slab rocks and beautiful views.

This trail starts behind the cabin at Elk Falls Pond, which is located off of the Lion's Back Trail near the intersection with Marmot Passage Trail. As you begin the climb, the trail begins as a buttery smooth, machine-cut trail. A few minutes in, you'll come to the first of three man-made rock benches that cross the scree fields (amazing build quality, very stable). Following the scree fields, you'll come to slab rocks and and switchbacks. The view from the switchbacks is amazing, and you can see the trail's namesake, Chimney Rock. Past the switchbacks, the trail narrows a little bit as it crosses over some more slab rock with some alternate lines available. Near the top, the trail levels off a little bit. As you cross over 9000' you'll come into a small aspen grove as the trail winds its way back to the Lion's Back Trail. At the top, take a break and turn around and go back the way you came. Hopefully you paid attention to those slab rocks on the way up. This trail can also be looped either way by using the Lion's Back Trail but it is nothing more than a dirt road so an out and back is a better option.

Temperatures will reach 37° today, with Mostly Sunny. Weather conditions this week are expected to range between 37° with Mostly Sunny to 52° with Slight Chance Rain over the next 5 days. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 37° - 52° over the next 5 days.


Local Club: Colorado Mountain Bike Association Land Manager: Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Weather Forecast

000 FXUS65 KBOU 091055 AFDBOU Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO 355 AM MST Mon Dec 9 2019 .SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight) Issued at 355 AM MST Mon Dec 9 2019 An upper trough will drop southeast across the state this morning, with moisture levels decreasing. The northwest flow aloft is favored in our mountains, so having an expiration of the Winter Weather Advisory in the late morning remains good. Snow will continue in the high country, with another 1 to 4 inches possible through the day. Wind gusts up to 40 mph will continue to cause areas of blowing snow. A cold frontal passage last night pushed in low stratus up against the foothills and Palmer Divide, covering parts of the metro area. The northwesterly surface winds over the plains will continue to make a clockwise turn into the foothills, keeping these low clouds in until late morning at least, with some hints of it lasting into the early afternoon in the foothills of Boulder and Larimer counties. Some isolated snow showers will be found over the northern plains early this morning, but these should drift east and dissipate by sunrise. The rest of the plains should remain dry, though the areas under the stratus could end up producing some flurries or light snow showers. A bit of low level instability looks to form over the Palmer Divide later this afternoon as surface winds converge over the area, have added a slight chance of snow showers. Another jet will push south from the Northern Rockies tonight to create some lift, just enough to squeeze out any remaining moisture in the orographic flow. Have added some light snow showers over the northern mountains to account for this. Expecting less than 2 inches over the 12 hours, however winds ...

Area River Conditions

USGS Gauge Streamflow Gauge Height Elevation
S Platte R Ab 11-Mile Canyon Re, Nr Hartsel, Co.
89 cfs 1 ft 8584 ft
South Platte River Near Lake George, Co.
91 cfs 1 ft 8457 ft
Fourmile Creek Below Cripple Creek Near Victor, Co
11 cfs 3 ft 6832 ft
Arkansas River At Parkdale, Co.
629 cfs 3 ft 5719 ft
Arkansas River At Canon City, Co.
745 cfs 6 ft 5352 ft
Buckhorn Creek Near Masonville, Co.
25 cfs 7 ft 5200 ft

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