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|2014-10-26||Route: Via Fourth of July trailhead
Info: Bluebird along with mostly snow free ascent. There is some snow on the trail as you approach the saddle between Baldy and S. Arapahoe. Once at the saddle the scramble up S. Arapahoe has some some snow but this can mostly be avoided by rock hopping carefully. One party completed the traverse but the north side looked too snowy for my liking. I brought microspikes but never broke them out.
|2014-07-04||Route: Old Baldy and S. Arapaho Peak Combo
Info: Dry route with the minor exception of the marsh/creeks. No snow however. Beautiful wildflowers everywhere.
|2013-07-06||Route: Via Fourth of July trailhead
Info: Hiked S Arapaho and Old Baldy 7/6. Wanted to do the traverse from S Arapaho to N Arapaho but it was too windy. Conditions on S Arapaho and Old Baldy were summer-like, some snow on the traverse to N Arapaho. Pic 1 - Summer trail conditions, wildflowers are out as well Pic 2 - Dry conditions heading up S Arapaho Pic 3 - N Arapaho and traverse Pic 4 - S and N Arapaho from Old Baldy
|2013-06-30||Route: Skywalker Couloir
Info: At 8:30 this morning 6/30/2013 the snow at the base of Princess Leia was unconsolidated and thin and didn‘t support weight. Instead, one could enter the princess by climbing around the rotting snow on rock (or there was even a bit of solid ice on the side), but lacking rope/pro we downclimbed to what was probably the "escape" exit as described by summitpost. We traversed left on the snow below the cliffs to the left of Leia and found straightforward class 3.
|2013-06-19||Route: Skywalker Colouir
Info: Ascended S. Arapaho via the Skywalker Col and the princess Leia exit. The snow is still pretty good but I would say time is ticking on this route for sure. I wouldn‘t start much earlier than 7am at the base of the col or it will be bullet proof for the first 1000‘. By that same token, if you start too late the upper Leia exit will be pretty unsecure and mushy with the sun baking it all morning. Good Luck.
|2013-06-09||Route: Via Fourth of July trailhead
Info: Climbed via Skywalker, left the parking lot at 4:10am, started the climb at 6:00am. Snow conditions were great on the lower portions with steps in place. The upper was a bit hard for kicking steps, and pretty steep just before the top. Snow continuous to the ridge and no rock climbing involved. Didn‘t need snow shoes for the approach, there is some post holing on the way down. Pic.-1 Skywalker Pic.-2 Traverse to N.Arapaho Pic.-3 Jasper still loaded
|2012-12-02||Route: Old Baldy and S. Arapaho Peak Combo
Info: Very little snow. Gaiters were helpful and so were spikes but probably not necessary. Ice axe wasnt needed. Easy walking over to baldy. Good luck.
|2012-10-14||Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Info: Saturday‘s storm probably dropped 4-6 inches in the area which was blown around and drifted in places. It was knee deep in a couple places. We didnt make it past 12k because of the wind but I doubt the snow up high would stop a summit bid. It was melting fast down low. Good luck.
Info: Skywalker was still in good shape get it fast though it wont last long.
|2011-06-05||Route: Skywalker Couloir
Info: Couloir is in amazing condition early in the morning, perfect styrofoam. Approach is soft but well packed, snowshoes not needed. Couloir seems to top out at 65-70 degrees.