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Weather Conditions


Check out the website www.indianpeaksweather.net, a great source for weather and climate information for Nederland Colorado and the Indian Peaks area. This site was developed by Bryon Lawrence, Meteorologist and IPWA Volunteer.

Bryon Lawrence also provided the following recommendations: 

Weather Underground is a great site because they provide current observations based on their MesoNet (an extensive network of automated weather and environmental monitoring stations). 

  • Weather Underground station at Comstock Mine near Nederland, CO at 9,895 ft (near the old Caribou townsite, this is similar elevation, temperature and weather for Brainard Lake and Hessie Trailhead):



  • Weather Underground station at the top of the Panoramic Lift at Winter Park (12060 feet), which would be similar in conditions to some of the higher passes in the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness:



The weather service offers grid point forecasts, but the current conditions are not as representative of the location (the forecasts are really detailed though). Here is the grid forecast for Brainard: 


7-Day Forecast for Latitude 40.07°N and Longitude 105.57°W (Elev. 10561 ft) (weather.gov)


Check out the SNOTEL Colorado Snow Pack Report.

Also take a look at the Niwot Ridge TundraCam at 11,600 ft. The tundra cam is operated by the University of Colorado at Boulder's Niwot Ridge Long-term Ecological Research Program (NWT LTER). It lies above timberline on Niwot Ridge in the Front Range mountains, the peaks at the head of the ridge form the Continental Divide.

Local Agencies

U.S. Forest Service Boulder Ranger District: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recarea/?recid=28178

Colorado Parks and Wildlife: http://cpw.state.co.us

Colorado Alpine Research 

CU Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research: http://instaar.colorado.edu

CU Mountain Research Station: https://www.colorado.edu/mrs

Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research: http://niwot.colorado.edu

Front Range Pika Project: http://www.pikapartners.org

Search & Rescue Patrol Organizations

Rocky Mountain Rescue Group: http://www.rockymountainrescue.org

Bryan Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol: http://bmnsp.org 

Outdoor Recreation Organizations

Colorado Mountain Club: https://www.cmc.org

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers: https://www.backcountryhunters.org

Backcountry Horsemen of America: https://www.bcha.org

National Environmental Stewardship  & Volunteer Organizations

National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance: http://www.wildernessalliance.org

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics:  https://lnt.org

The Wilderness Society: https://wilderness.org

National Wildlife Federation: https://www.nwf.org

Defenders of Wildlife: https://defenders.org

National Audubon Society: https://www.audubon.org

The Nature Conservancy: https://www.nature.org

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers:  http://www.wlrv.org

Local Environmental Stewardship & Volunteer Organizations

Indian Peaks Group of the Sierra Club: https://www.sierraclub.org/colorado/indian-peaks

Middle Boulder Creek Coalition: http://www.middlebouldercreekcoalition.org

Boulder County Nature Association: http://www.bcna.org

Boulder County Audubon Society: http://www.boulderaudubon.org

Rocky Mountain Wild: http://rockymountainwild.org

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado: http://www.voc.org

Rocky Mountain Conservancy Conservation Corp: https://rmconservancy.org/learn-us/rocky-mountain-conservation-corps

Local Outdoor Equipment

REI: www.rei.com

Neptune Mountaineering: https://www.neptunemountaineering.com

Red Fox Outdoor Equipment: https://us.redfoxoutdoor.com

North Face: https://www.thenorthface.com

Montbell: https://www.montbell.us

Sister Wilderness Volunteer Organizations in Colorado
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Grand County Wilderness Group (GCWG)Assist the Sulphur Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service in managing and protecting wilderness and backcountry areas in Grand County, including the Indian Peaks Wilderness accessed from the Western Slope. Volunteers host cabins at the Junco Lake Trailhead and Monarch Lake Trailheads on weekends and holidays in the summer months. 

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Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV): Assist the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service in managing and protecting wilderness and backcountry areas in Northern Colorado. To achieve this mission, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers recruits, trains, equips and fields citizen volunteers to serve as wilderness rangers and hosts for the purpose of educating the public, and provides other appropriate support to these wild areas.


Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wildernesses (FOMELC): Provides cooperative stewardship support to the U.S. Forest Service Pike and Arapaho National Forests and the Mount Evans and Lost Creek wildernesses. 

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Eagle Summit Wilderness Alliance (ESWA): Partners with two Ranger Districts (Dillon and Holy Cross, both in the White River National Forest) to maintain three Wildernesses (Eagles Nest, Ptarmigan Peak, and Holy Cross), which are located in Summit and Eagle Counties.


Friends of the Wilderness Steamboat Springs (FW): Partner with the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears, Yampa, and Park's Ranger Districts to perform work in the Mount Zirkel, Sarvis Creek, and Flat Tops Wildernesses, which are within the Routt and White River National Forests.

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Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC): Works with the U.S. Forest Service and other federal land management agencies to build a strong community of supporters who want to see the CDT protected not just for today’s users, but for generations to come.