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 Peak:  Handies Peak (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Slopes
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  nkan02
 Date of Information:  04/29/2012
 Date Posted:  04/30/2012
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Hiked and skied Handies from American Basin. The TH is open and drivable to Grizzly Gulch TH by Subaru and to American Basin TH by high clearance 4x4 (e.g. Xterra).
Snow coverage on Handies is pretty thin (but plenty of snow in the basin itself so snowshoes would be a must for non-skiers). The "snow route" as described by Bill looks thin and rocky and as we discovered, has melted near the top. The east side of Handies also looks patchy and we glad we did not hike in from the Grizzly Gulch as we would be carrying skis for the most of the way. With some creativity, the standard route was skiable.
Image 1 - Snow route
Image 2 - near the summit
Image 3 - Grizzly gulch
Image 4 - American basin



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