Continental Divide Snowmobile Trails and Safety Info
This video is a bit hard to hear but it does show the layer of snow that could become a avalanche. Notice how easily the top layer slides off the lower snowpack.
The recent quick-hitting storm system came in with a punch. Snow accumulations were up to two feet along the divide and higher elevations. Southwest winds accompanied the storm, efficiently drifting the new snow into sensitive surface slabs. This rapid new load upon our weak, early-season snowpack is a dangerous combination.
Since October, most reported avalanches in the backcountry occurred on northwest through northeast to east-facing slopes near and above treeline. In the Northern and Central Mountains, the snowpack on these aspects may be two to four feet deep. Numerous recent reports of collapsing, shooting cracks, and remote-triggered avalanches suggest the presence of dangerous persistent weak layers. With poor snowpack structure observed statewide, including a CAIC Forecaster report Saturday near Wolf Creek Pass, the recent uptick in avalanche activity is not overly surprising.
Snowmobile trails and information below.
The Wolf Creek Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club (WCTB) of Pagosa Springs has been a part of the Pagosa Spring’s area outdoor community of recreation enthusiasts for three decades. Some of our founding members are still active in club operations and activities. Club members automatically become members of the “Colorado Snowmobile Association (CASA) which was founded in 1970 as an opportunity to unite winter motorized recreationists across the state to enjoy their passion. It has continued the tradition of family and fun for the last 40 years. The association has also become the voice of organized snowmobiling to advance, promote and preserve the sport of snowmobiling through work with federal and state land management agencies and local, state and federal legislators telling the truth about our sport.” (Excerpt from the www.snowmobilecolo.com website)
Currently the WCTB has been grooming the timberline trails at the summit of Wolf Creek Pass. From Pagosa Springs drive east on HWY 160 to the summit of Wolf Creek Pass. parking area and trailhead are on the eastbound side of HWY 160. The trail crosses large meadows to where it meets FR 725. There are 20 miles of groomed trail that access back country riding.