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|2014-08-09||Route: Southwest Basin
Info: Trail clear of snow and dry to Fuller/Vermilion saddle, and dry to summit along southeast ridge.
|2014-07-13||Route: Southeast Ridge via Ice Lake Basin
Info: Not surprisingly the basin is holding snow. Used ax and crampons to the Vermilion Fuller saddle. The snow was soft. Snow and ice in the last gully before the summit that is easily bypassed. Creeks were raging.
|2014-06-15||Route: Upper Ice Lake Basin
Info: No snow on the trail to 12,000‘. Above 12,000‘ that‘s all you‘ll find. Crampons and axe are a must no matter how you go up. Start early, my friends!
|2013-06-22||Route: South Mineral Creek
Info: Trail is devoid of snow until the slopes under the Vermillion-Fuller saddle. It is possible to cobble together an ascent to this saddle without hitting snow if you go to the far right (Vermillion side) of the saddle, though it would take creative route-finding. Otherwise, bring an axe and crampons and just go up the snow. The stream crossing from the high clearance parking before the trail joins the Ice Lakes Basin Trail is trivial.
|2012-10-21||Route: SE Ridge
Info: Totally snow free on the ridge. No significant snow until 13K. Enough snow on the slope to the saddle to actually be helpful (holding the scree in place). Used an ice axe on the descent, but probably could have got by with poles. 4WD trail head easily accessed in a 2WD. Lots of potential ice routes forming on the approach to ice lakes. Nobody had signed the register since Brian Thomas on 10/6.
|2012-10-06||Route: Ice Lake Basin
Info: Some snow on approach to Vermilion/Fuller saddle, snow free to both peaks beyond there. Pic 1: approach to saddle Pic 2: Vermilion Pic 3: Fuller Pic 4: Wilson group from Vermilion summit
|2011-09-25||Route: standard route from Ice Lakes basin
Info: The route up to Ice Lakes was in good shape and snow-free, muddy in only a few spots. From a bit above Fuller Lake, there was patchy snow up to the base of the slope leading to the Vermilion-Fuller saddle. The climb to the saddle was in ~6" of new snow on 30-degree slopes; an ice axe is good to have, but I never put on my microspikes, and the snow was so soft it was un-glissade-able on the descent. Once at the saddle, the remaining route on the SW aspect of the mountain was almost snow-free, with a few spots warranting either an axe or a slight detour around the area. Fuller Peak was in similar shape. The picture shows Vermilion from the summit of Fuller, and gives a pretty good idea of general conditions; the Wilson group is in the background. From the summit, the Wilson group looked like it had only some lingering snow, but our view was from the south. South-facing aspects of pretty much every peak we saw (including Golden Horn and Sneffels) looked virtually snow-free; north-facing sides were still holding several inches of snow. The aspens are turning in the San Juans--get there soon!