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|2014-06-13||Route: Rosalie Group
Info: I hiked Epurlet and Rosalie today from the Evans Road. What a delightful and easy hike. As in introduction to 13ers and 14ers, I think it would be a great hike for children or for people not in very good shape. The view of the Sawtooth was incredible. Very little snow. My Husky loved it. My GPS said it was 5.87 miles with about a 1700 foot elevation gain. Small children and those who are not in shape could easily turn back at Epurlet if it was too much for them. But the terrain was easy all the way. It was both very windy and cold, but I came prepared. I parked shortly after the mile 11 marker, before the first major switchback up to Evans. I believe it is actually the saddle between Evans and Epurlet.
|2014-01-11||Route: Tanglewood Trail
Info: The trail is very well packed to the Tanglewood/Rosalie Trail split. Near sunrise or set, when the trail‘s iced up a little, snowshoes aren‘t required. After the split, the trail is fairly packed and well defined. A ‘shoer who‘s done this trip around 8 times did the route finding and I followed about an hour after him. So, its only been packed down 4 times, but its still well defined. (There are two places where one could get confused, but in both case take the left option.) Getting near the tree line, the snow is not favorable. His trail is not the summer trail (only pass one carin), but it gets the job done and goes to the saddle of Rosalie and the Pegmatite Points. From there, up the east ridge of Rosalie. Since there was an early road closure, I wasn‘t able to make it to the peak, but I did start my GPS tracking, so the map below may help. Note: Rosalie trail goes south of Bandit Peak, not up to Rosalie.
|2013-10-27||Route: Rosalie Group
Info: I reached the summit today via the Tanglewood Creek approach. The dirt road off of U.S. 285 is basically dry and the trail has occasional patches of snow and ice in the shade. Above treeline, it‘s still mostly dry with intermittent snow on the upper reaches of the peak.
|2013-06-22||Route: Rosalie Group
Info: Rosalie Peak via the Tanglewood Trail is snow free all the way to the top.
|2013-05-26||Route: Rosalie Group
Info: We hiked Rosalie Peak via the Tanglewood Trail. We brought snowshoes and Microspikes but didn‘t end up using them. The trail up to the saddle between Rosalie and the Pegmatite Points had patches of snow but they were well packed down and slushy so no snowshoes or Micropikes were needed. Most of the ascent up the final ridge to the summit is grassy. There are some snowfields but on the day we climbed they were firm enough to walk across with only the occasional post hole. One could also walk around most of the snowfields if needed.
|2012-11-30||Route: East Ridge
Info: Dry, very little snow. Some ice on the trail leading up to the peak. No microspikes or gaitors needed.
|2012-01-08||Route: East Ridge
Info: Climbed Rosalie with my wife on Sunday - 1/8. Almost perfect weather but a little breezy on the summit and back down to the saddle. You‘ll probably need 4wd to get all the way to the trailhead. The trail is a nice, hard-packed trench to treeline. Old wind slabs and 3-5 inches of drifting powder from Saturday‘s storm above treeline. Snowshoes not needed. Microspikes very helpful the whole way. Good luck.
|2011-05-29||Route: From Summit Lake
Info: Adam (avs88fan) and I bagged Epaulet, Epaulie, Rosalie and Mt Warren in that order. Hwy 5 was closed off at Summit Lake. CDOT bulldozers were parked 1 mile or so up the road from the closure. There is still plenty of snow on the road in certain sections. Same goes for the ground - lots of dry areas but where snow remains it was fairly deep and was fairly firm even in the early afternoon. Sunrise Couloir had a healthy cornice. The southern face of Epaulie made life real difficult as it is holding a good deal of snow, enough to slow you down. We encountered 35+ mph gusts yesterday. Could be a short wildflower season this year. We also noticed that aspens are not even budding yet coming down from Echo Lake. I‘m guessing another 2 weeks before they get the road opened up to the summit. Image 1 - Sunrise Couloir Image 2 - Road about 1/2 mile from Summit Lake Image 3 - Bierstadt (left), Sawtooth and Mt Evans from Rosalie Peak Image 4 - Slope east of Epaulet