Piecing together a trip for the end of the month. Will be starting in Grand Junction spending an afternoon, night, morning in Colorado National Monument. Then spending the afternoon driving on I-70 through Glenwood Canyon, probably spending the next night in Vail. The rest of the trip will be spent in Rocky Mountain NP, but I have very little idea of what to expect. Every other time I've been, has been August-October, with some minimal snowfall in October.
My question is, what should I expect as far as snow on the trails, what is my elevation limit expected to be historically for that weekend, any other advice, etc etc. I've been denied twice now of doing the CCY (Chapin, Chaquita, Ypsilon) hike because of snow and/or road closures, but I'm thinking at 13,000 feet, there's probably still a lot of snow up there. We'd also considered doing Chasm Lake, but there is a picture of it from a couple of days ago on the NP website, and it's completely frozen and covered in snow. I'm just not used to going this time of year I guess. :-)
I'm 100% ok to snowshoe on these hikes as needed, but I don't know the trails well enough to route-find. Are they/will they be trafficked enough to follow along by that weekend?
Any other suggestions for our weekend are welcome, not just in ROMO. Thanks!