The 2020 water year (which started Oct. 1, 2019) began like a desiccated whimper in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. But as of Jan. 1, thanks to hefty storms in December, things are looking up. Last year's wild, record-setting winter resulted in a massive avalanche cycle that left tangled fields of old trees and other slide debris scattered throughout the mountains. Jeep roads above Silverton, Colorado, remained blocked deep into the summer, and the Hardrock Hundred ultra-run was canceled due to too much snow and debris along the route.
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