|Peak:||Gladstone Peak (13er)|
|Route:||Rock of Ages Trail|
|Posted By:||sue personett|
|Date of Information:||06/14/2012|
The new Rock of Ages Trail is clear of snow until it enters Silver Pick Basin. There are at least 5 large steep areas of snow down low in the basin that cover the trail. I used micro spikes to cross 2 of them. There is also one very large avalanche debris area that can be hiked around. The trail is covered in snow just below the Rock of Ages Saddle. I would advise micro spikes or crampons for the push to the saddle. Take your ice axe for some fun glissading on the descent. The trail is clear to the Tiltin' Hilton with a few large but avoidable patches of snow on the way over to the gully. The north ridge up to the summit of Gladstone Peak is almost snow free and you can avoid the few tiny patches that remain.