Before venturing out into the forest and backcountry be sure that you are familiar with current weather conditions and forest regulations. Each visitor should study the information on the trailhead bulletin board and/or go into the Forest Service office at 680 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne to obtain the latest copy of the RECREATION OPPORTUNITY GUIDE (ROG) before heading out on any particular trail.
FOR CURRENT AVALANCHE CONDITIONS CLICK ON THE AVALANCHE ROSE
FOR THE WINTER RECREATION SURVIVAL GUIDE CLICK BELOW
TIPS FOR CROSS-COUNTRY SKIERS AND SNOWSHOERS:
Always wear warm clothes and dress in layers. It is advisable when entering the backcountry to be prepared for avalanche conditions by carrying an avalanche beacon, probing poles, warm clothing, plenty of food and water and a cell phone if you need to call for help. Down-slope skiers must yield to up-slope skiers. Likewise, snowshoers must yield to cross-country skiers. Slow down and use caution when approaching or overtaking another skier or snowshoer. Always control speed because unexpected obstacles may appear suddenly. Avoid damaging fragile alpine environment by traveling on marked trails only. Always treat the land with care and respect by observing the principals of "Leave No Trace". CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON LEAVE NO TRACE. Always be prepared for sudden afternoon snowstorms with adequate backcountry gear. Be careful not to accidentally leave any litter along the way; including cigarette butts. Always be careful with fire - a camp stove is the preferred method for cooking or heating in the backcountry.
If you see a particular CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING or SNOWSHOEING trail that interests you, click on the trail name and you will be taken the ROG sheet for that trail. The trail links contain the same Recreation Opportunity Guide (ROG) sheets that you can get at the Dillon Ranger District office. The front side of the ROG sheet contains route information such as: route difficulty, length, directions on how to get to the trailhead, interesting information on the route and any important information that route users might need to know. The back side of the ROG sheet contains a custom topographic map highlighting the route along with an elevation profile.
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