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2013-11-03  East Ridge  Patchy snow and ice near TH soon gives way to solid snow. Snow cover continues to treeline and a bit above. As one gets higher on the ridge, snow again becomes very thin and patchy, with numerous sections of rock, scree, and ice, along with brief sections of deeper drifts. Summit area was partially snow-covered. Recommended equipment: microspikes (very useful); poles (helpful). Snowshoes are overkill at this point, and it‘s still way too thin for skis. Other notes: the West Ridge had some fairly recent-looking tracks leading up to it from the summit. On the return, we saw a group of very shaggy goats around 13,000‘. They were neither aggressive, nor in the least bit shy of humans, but acted as though we weren‘t there. Pretty neat! AlexeyD   2013-11-10  0     Edit Delete 
2013-10-24  East Ridge  On Thurs Oct 24th conditions were good and probably have only improved in recent days since then due to warm weather. Icetrekkers and poles were very helpful for stretches of the trail, but not absolutely necessary for experienced hikers. Snowshoes were not needed at all. Due to the snowfalls on the weekend of Oct 19-20, about 80% of trail had some degree of snow on it when we went up in early morning, in warm afternoon sun much snow melted off, became slushy above treeline, and below treeline was slushy/muddy in sunlit areas and slick frozen compacted snow/ice in shady areas. Trail was easy to follow and well compacted from traffic. Oliver99   2013-10-29  0     Edit Delete 
2013-09-21  West Ridge  Everything is nice and clear all the way up to the start of the West Ridge. Snow accumulation begins and makes the crux area and other walls near the summit (within 0.5mi of summit) slippery. Makes for difficult and somewhat dangerous Class 3 conditions. Recommend taking some rope or webbing if travelling in a group to help anchor each other. Tyler Phillips   2013-09-21 3     Edit Delete 
2013-07-23  East Ridge  Conditions were great. About a half dozen mountain goats were see along the route. Quite unafraid of people. Some dog owners were not controlling their dogs. As a result, it was reported that one dog on the summit was gored by a goat in the leg and side and had some bleeding. The dog was still able to decend. DDePenning   2013-08-24  0     Edit Delete 
2013-07-20  West Ridge  Climbed the West Ridge route today - dry except for the pesky snow in the small, rust-colored gully, near 12,500‘, during the approach. BillMiddlebrook   2013-07-20  0  1    Edit Delete 
2013-07-06  East Ridge  Went up the standard East Ridge route, its clear with the exception of a 10-15ft patch of snow that can easily be crossed or skirted around. Trail is in good shape and its normal rocky self near the top. Descended Cristo, as a ski/snow climb it is OUT. Only a few hundred feet of continuous snow left at the bottom, otherwise all dirt and rock. Descended the ridge just West of the gully, it\\\‘s steep by footing is decent. Photo #1: Throngs on the East Ridge trail. Photo #2: Looking South from near the summit over Blue Lake. Photo #3: View down Cristo, very little snow left. thebeave7   2013-07-08 3     Edit Delete 
2013-06-15  East Ridge  Started hiking a little after 4 am. Trail is mostly snow free, there are some areas with snow but mostly until the last 500 feet it is avoidable. Carried spikes which were not necessary and same with snow pants. This trail can easily be done right now with just jeans and hiking boots. Beautiful day though! Last picture shows Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, Bross if that helps with current conditions there Cheaton6   2013-06-15 3     Edit Delete 
2013-06-12  South Gully aka Cristo Couloir  Cristo was fun yesterday. Clouds obscured direct sun for a few hrs in the early morning and spent about an hour or more waiting for the sun to cook the couloir. Skied down at 11am which was perfect. Other than a 10 ft rock section just below summit ridge and another 100‘ section in the upper couloir, a continuous ski like can be had down to the couloir‘s apron. About 2000‘ of the 2,500‘ can be skied. Another few days the middle of the couloir may be melted out, however. jbchalk   2013-06-13 4     Edit Delete 
2013-06-09  East Ridge  Perfect hiking weather. Started around 9:20 and made the summit a little before 1:00. Relatively warm day, so the snow was definitely softening up as the morning wore on. I used yaktrax, but everyone else in the group used only boots and didn‘t have any difficulty with traction. Past treeline, once you get onto the actual ridge, it‘s mostly covered in snow. However, a fair amount of the trail is snow free, so if you get sick of hiking in the snow, you‘ll have some breaks. We also saw a mountain goat on the way up. rlaur001   2013-06-10  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-09  South Gully aka Cristo Couloir  Climbed it today. Conditions were OK; snow was firm and well consolidated in the early morning, but you‘ll start breaking through as soon as the sun warms through the overnight freeze. We started at 6:30, and probably should have been at the base of the couloir at sunup to maximize the snow. There‘s a good stretch of about 100 feet now that has completely melted out about 3/4 of the way up; so it turns into a mixed climb. If you do go, make sure to stay on the solid rock to the left of the couloir. Do not traverse across as the rock is extremely bad (I almost knocked down a few fist sized rocks). Probably won‘t last much longer. There was running water in some parts of the couloir. With the very warm temps forecast, it‘ll probably be done by the end of next week, if not sooner. pseudoghost   2013-06-09  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-04  East Ridge  There is still occasional snow below the tree line, but the trail is still easy too follow. Above 11,800‘ (roughly the tree line) there is a a lot of snow, but occasional dry trail segments. I carried snowshoes and crampons, but did not need them. Footing on the snow was very comfortable for both the ascent and descent. The snow was softening up rapidly on the descent especially below 12,000‘. I would still follow the winter trail as mentioned in the route description. It was a windy day. Most of the route was relatively protected from the wind, except for the last 30 or 40 yards to the summit, I estimate it was blowing over 50 mph on that stretch. I stayed on the summit for about 30 seconds and then sought cover lower. Leave early too avoid post hole misery on the descent. I left the trail head at 6 am, got to the summit at 9:30 am and back to the car around 11:30 am. Pops921   2013-06-04  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-03  East Ridge  Could drive up to the trailhead with no problems- minimal snow up until tree-line, and then snowfield up the rest of the way to the summit. Snowshoes were not required, and the snow became very mushy on our descent around 10 in the morning. Nice easy hike, steep finish with the snow. Kassia Lawrence   2013-06-04  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-01  South Gully aka Cristo Couloir  Great snow all the way to the top. However, an early start is required as the snow gets soft by mid-morning. esagas   2013-06-01 1     Edit Delete 
2013-05-26  South Gully aka Cristo Couloir  3-4 large drifts still covering road to dam (parked 1 mile-ish) away (at road split to lower pond). Couloir in top to bottom (will have to pick through some sharks for summit ski). Perfect styrofoam early for crampons (started at 4:30). On summit 7:00-7:30. Descended milder chutes to east of main body for great glissade without interfering with anyone else‘s ascent. Softer snow for nice heel kicking down when not glissading. Perfect corn at bottom so I imagine skiing was great. ONE posthole just before short steep section at dam Back to car at 8:30. Forgot phone in car, so no pictures : aboynamedmargrette   2013-05-27  0  3    Edit Delete 
2013-05-25  East Ridge  Good trail through the trees. Microspikes could be useful. however none of our group wore them. Snowshoes are mandatory past 11am from treeline up to the summit. Our group was running late(started at 8am) so we wore our shoes pretty much the whole way. There were plenty of people in front of us (descending at 9-10a) in just spikes. Things got super slushy around 1pm(yeah, we were taking our time - it was a gorgeous day and my girlfriend‘s first 14er). It‘s gonna be a little bit before this route dries out. Spikes might be a mandatory piece of gear on the East Ridge for a few weeks. forbins_mtn   2013-05-27  0  7 1  Edit Delete 
2013-05-20  East Ridge  Still lots of snow, pretty much whole way to the summit. Snowshoes are a great idea, especially if sun comes out. Snowed on us nearly the entire time from timberline to summit to back down to the trees again. Left winter TH at 12:45, back to car by 6:30 with just a few freezing minutes on the summit with NO VIEW (white-out). MissH   2013-05-23 3     Edit Delete 
2013-05-19  South Gully aka Cristo Couloir  The route was in excellent shape for climbing, as we got a hard freeze the night before. No bucket steps the entire way up. The snow felt fine and consolidated, but we did notice some debris to climber‘s right. Staying left and well away from the fall line seemed prudent. Coming down was another matter. We headed down around 10am, and it was already pretty slushy. I‘m not sure there was a good mode of transportation down. Jyak   2013-05-19  0     Edit Delete 
2013-05-12  East Ridge  Quandary was FULL of snow on Sunday. Early morning was fine with just boots...even the final pitch to the summit, but you might want to keep micros handy if you‘re up there really early. Drifts 4-5 feet deep on the ridge along the summit. There were not alot of folks up there, but half were skiing. Flotation is a NECESSITY on the downclimb just before re-entering the forest. Lots of folks stuck post holing their way for long stretches. Nasty knee popping terrain. mtree   2013-05-13  0  2      
2013-05-10  East Ridge  Tons of fresh powder up there. Was breaking trail through 6" above treeline. Wind covers up the trail pretty quickly; in the trees the trail is well established and compact. Snowshoes or floatation needed above treeline. a94buff   2013-05-10  0     Edit Delete 
2013-05-05  East Ridge  Hiked Quandary from the East Ridge 5/5/13. Upper parking lot still not accessible, but it is a very easy hike form the lower lot. We were the first ones out, and a dusting of snow from the night before made the trail tough to see in some areas. Hiking in the morning was good because trail was solid, but by 1:00 conditions below tree line were starting to get soft. Wore basic snow shows the entire time and had no issues. TJKColorado   2013-05-05  0     Edit Delete 

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