Trail and Road Conditions

Trail and road conditions are monitored by the GDTA but much of this information is crowd-sourced and depends on trail user contributions. Please report trail conditions via email.


June 2019 Trail and Road Conditions

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Trail Conditions Update – June 21, 2019 It’s transition time on the GDT. Valley bottom trails at lower elevations vary from bare and dry to wet and muddy, while most trails at higher elevation are still snow covered with some fresh snow falling this week. With warmer weather, trail conditions can…

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Spring 2019 Trail and Road Conditions

mountains-springtime

Spring is in the air and this is transition time on the GDT. Valley bottom trails at lower elevations vary from bare and muddy to slushy and icy, while trails at higher elevation remain snowbound. With warmer weather, trail conditions can change quickly from icy in the morning to slushy…

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GDT Route Updates for 2019

waterton detour

Effective immediately, the GDTA is announcing one change to the main route of the GDT as well as an update on the detour around the trail closures in Waterton Lakes National Park. Howse Floodplain Route (Section D) – Descending the north side of Howse Pass, the main route of the…

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Winter 2018/19 Trail and Road Conditions

Snowy trail

Trail Conditions Update – November 23, 2018 Winter conditions are here. Snow has fallen on all of the GDT and is accumulating so expect wet, icy and slippery trail conditions. Boots, hiking poles, snow cleats or snowshoes are recommended. Temperatures are below freezing, so be prepared for winter conditions and short days when travelling…

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October 2018 Trail and Road Conditions

Fall on the GDT

Trail Conditions Update – October 22, 2018 Fall colours are here, and so is the snow! Snow has fallen on most of the GDT and early season avalanche conditions exist where snow has accumulated. Expect wet, icy and slippery trail conditions, and wet and muddy sections at lower elevations with recent…

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September 2018 Trail and Road Conditions

GDT Autumn

Trail Conditions Update – September 25, 2018 Fall weather has arrived in the Rockies and that means autumn colours and fresh snowfall. Snow has fallen on much of the GDT at higher elevations and is causing wet and muddy trail conditions. Wet and cool weather means fire danger ratings in the Canadian Rockies…

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August 2018 Trail and Road Conditions

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Trail Conditions Update – August 30, 2018 WILDFIRES: Fire hazard ratings have reduced in the Rockies. Rain has improved the air quality somewhat but smoke and haze may be present in valleys due to forest fires burning near the GDT. SECTION A TRAIL CLOSURE: Due to the Boundary wildfire, the GDT…

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July 2018 Trail and Road Conditions

Cornwell-cirque

Trail Conditions Update – July 27, 2018 Alpine wildflowers are blooming! Trail conditions are generally good but expect some wet and muddy sections and a few snow patches lingering at higher elevations. Warm weather means rapid snow melt during the day resulting in high water levels and potentially dangerous creek crossings, so…

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June 2018 Trail and Road Conditions

mountains-springtime

Trail Conditions Update – June 27, 2018 It’s transition time on the GDT. Valley bottom trails at lower elevations vary from bare and dry to wet and muddy, while many trails at higher elevation are still snow covered. With warmer weather, trail conditions can change quickly so plan for varying conditions –…

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Winter 2017/18 Trail and Road Conditions

Snowy trail

Trail Conditions Update – November 13, 2017 Winter is here. Snow has fallen on all of the GDT and is accumulating so expect wet, icy and slippery trail conditions. Heavy boots, snow cleats or snowshoes are recommended. Temperatures are below freezing, so be prepared for winter conditions and short days when travelling…

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