On Monday, June 7th, Steamboat’s Yampa River rose up to 6.5 feet, the highest level in seven years and matching the average bank-full level of the river due to the warm temperatures and the rapid snow-melt. A local photographer took a phenomenal photo of the Howelsen Hill tunnel where the Yampa River Core Trail crosses underneath the railroad track, which was full of water.
Steamboat’s city closed the Core Trail at the 13th Street underpass, the railroad underpass upstream of Fetcher Pond and the U.S. Highway 40 underpass at Walton Creek Road late last month due to the rapid snow-melt.
“The Weather Service also has issued a flood advisory for the Elk River near Routt County 42 west of Steamboat. The river this morning is running at 7.6 feet, and Sunday night it reached 7.75 feet, both well above the bankfull level of 6.5 feet and higher than the flood stage of 7 feet.”
Be careful if on the Core Trail due to the creeks around Steamboat are running fast and furious, as warm temperatures are spurring rapid snow-melt in higher elevations.