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Re: Should I Cancel My Trip? Bad Weather in Central Colorado

A group of us flew in to do the Lost Creek Wilderness Loop from Tomorrow, Friday the 28th through Sunday the 30th. The weather looks kinda sketchy for Saturday and Sunday with a 40-60% chance of rain for the afternoons both days. In New Hampshire that would usually be a call for a postponed trip, however we can’t really postpone this one. Should we still try? Should we go somewhere else? Any advice here helps. 

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Realistically, it is hard to give advice.  How comfortable are you with adverse weather conditions. What exactly is predicted.  Rain is possibly uncomfortable, but actually may be enjoyable if you are equipped.  Lightning and high winds can be deadly.

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Hey @m_andreas10,

@hikermor is right--if you're prepared, then the trip can still be enjoyed. But if you aren't prepared, or more importantly if you aren't willing to endure the conditions, you might want to change your plans.

I'd highly recommend calling the San Isabel/Pike Forest Ranger office to see if they can offer you better advice or direction as they'll have a clear idea as to what the weather will be like in the Lost Creek area.

At any rate, you can always ditch the backpacking plan and go car camping instead to ensure you'll have a hard shelter, but you'll probably have to settle for dispersed sites as reserved sites will likely be full over the Memorial Day weekend. 

It looks like many areas in Colorado are going to experience a typical early-summer weather pattern this weekend--afternoon thunderstorms following clear mornings--but on Monday in Bailey it's supposed to rain consistently and be unseasonably cold. 

If you need another last-minute idea, it looks like the weather isn't supposed to be too bad in the Steamboat Springs area--there are some neat backpacking options near Rabbit Ears Pass and on the east side of Routt County in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. Steamboat is 4-4.5 hours drive from Denver International Airport.

Hope this helps!

 

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I am in central New Mexico right now. I was in eastern most Arizona for the last week. Weather has been quite cool. There have been rain showers. I don't believe anything is going to hit you strong and hard from what I read in the weather. It's quite cool at night but get out there and go for it. I have been camping out about 9,000 FT elevation for the last week. Go for it! 

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