This has been a late start to the trail season, but regardless of the time of year, when trails start to thaw out from the snow the same obstacles still occur.

 

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Major obstacles are downed trees in all sizes and in many forms. Some could be a single small leaner; others can be multiple clusters or just a good size log right in the middle of the trail.

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Other obstacles consist of creeks turning into ragging tributaries.

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Along with muddy trails even trying to find adequate water sources while camping in the backcountry. This is why it is so important for proper gear such as: sturdy hiking boots, ice axes, gators and trekking poles.

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Dana Young

I’m Dana Young, Seasonal Trail designer for CFI. I have been with CFI for four seasons and LOVE what I do. I get to spend a lot of time on the mountain observing the trails and assisting in designing sustainable trails for all to enjoy. I have lived in the high Rockies of Colorado for a little over 4 years, originally coming from the west coast. Although I do miss the ocean from time to time there’s nothing that will ever compare to these regal mountain tops.