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|2016-03-03||Route: South slopes
Info: Summited Handies via south slopes. 2 wd to Cataract TH. Snow supportive in am. Right side of Boulder cr. drying out. No loading above right side. One old wet slide (small one). No cornices on left side of cliffs up high. Best trail was in the creek bed. Went straight up snow tongue to summit. Scree surfing on descent. Some postholing on lower slopes during descent at 1pm.
|2015-10-17||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Small amount of snow, starting around 12,000‘, with about 2" of accumulation at the summit. Road is dry and stream near trailhead is hardly flowing.
|2015-09-11||Route: East Slopes
Info: Drove to the trailhead over Cinnamon Pass Wednesday night. Road was in good condition and a breeze for my Ford Ranger. You do need 4WD and some clearance. Hiked Redcloud/Sunshine on Thursday and Handies from Grizzly Gulch on Friday. The trail conditions and weather could not have been better. I had at least 20 minutes alone on each peak.
|2015-09-01||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Climbed Handies from Silver Crk/Grizzly Gulch Trailhead. Driving in, the Aspens were just starting to turn. Still mostly green. More fall colors showing here than near Telluride/Wilson Peak the day before. Snow free trails!
|2015-08-25||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Stream is running comfortably low on the 4wd road to upper TH - large rut from runoff is a bigger issue at this point. No snow visible on or around trail, although the higher peaks did get a dusting of hail/snow on the 25th - it was gone the next day.
|2015-08-22||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: I hiked this Friday 8.21.2015. I was able to drive to the upper TH in a Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland with no issues. It took me 1 hour 15 minutes to get to the summit from the upper TH, and 50 minutes to descend back to the TH. Trail is in good shape with no snow or issues.
|2015-08-19||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: This is my 27th fourteener summit this summer! I‘m goal is to climb them all in a summer. You can read more about this hike and others at Sunshineof1985.com! Enjoy! *Time it took: 4.5 hours with leisure time at the summit, a swim in the lake and photo op at a waterfall! *GEAR (to bring): GPS, extra socks, phone, SPOT Satellite Tracker, Map, Topo Map from 14ers.com, hiking boots with 2 pairs of socks on, long-sleeve, wind-guard/raincoat, light weight puffy coat, lightweight gloves, day pack with water sack, snacks. *Road Condition: Do not use Google Maps via the 14ers.com phone app! It takes you through Ouray where the Alpine Loop is only passable by 4WD! Go to Lake City! The road is rough with typical pot holes and pointy rocks, and I had to park where the directions from 14ers.com suggested. *Trail Condition: The trail practically starts above treeline, so you don‘t have to worry about bears on the trail (unless crazy bad luck). It‘s a very easy trail to navigate marked with cairns along the way. When you get near the lake, and the trail splits, take a left to continue up Handies. You‘ll see the switchbacks along the side of the mountain. The trail has a lot of scree, so make sure you have shoes with good grip.
|2015-07-28||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Conditions couldn‘t have been better. Flowers are peaking, nothing to stop you.
|2015-07-24||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Handies still has several short snow fields, but no problems with or without trekking poles. Weekday hiking traffic has been steady, but not crowded. Go early for fewer hikers. Enjoy!
|2015-07-20||Route: East Slopes
Info: Headed up Handies from Grizzly Gulch. The route is clear of snow except for two small snow crossings near the summit ridge. Both crossings were easy to handle without traction. Go get it! The wildflowers on this route are awesome.
|2015-07-17||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: American Basin trail is in good shape. Several small snow patches remain before Sloan Lake (which is still frozen). No traction is needed, not worth the effort. Largest patch might be 50 feet wide. The flowers at the lower portion of the AB are great, but are not prime in the middle and upper. Give it a week or two, but the colors are still spectacular.
|2015-07-14||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Some 4 or 5 brief snowfields but otherwise summer conditions all the way.
|2015-07-11||Route: West Slopes
Info: A few snow patches remain on the route, but easy to cross without traction, though trekking poles helpful. Trail easy to follow and American Basin beautiful now, wildflowers in full swing. Go get it!
|2015-07-08||Route: East Slopes
Info: Weather was atrocious today, windy, low visibility, constant rain to begin with and snow to finish it off. Trail is "wet" and muddy and on a sunny day, it‘s all good until 13,000‘. At 13,000‘ it‘s kind of winterish conditions....spikes were welcome.
|2015-07-02||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Trail is very wet in some areas and there are a few short snow crossings that are well trenched. Recommend waterproof footwear.
|2015-06-30||Route: East Slopes
Info: Climbed Handies via East Slopes on 6/28. The trail is muddy and flowing with water in many places. Snow free routes can be found as the trail moves in and out of snow pack around 12,500 feet. Since the the north ridge is almost entirely snow-free, we scrambled up to it via a moderate boulder field much sooner than the normal route (We found a faint trail, I think used to climb Whitecross Mountain). From there, we worked the ridge without a trail until we caught back up to it just before the last push up to the summit ridge. We descended along the trail, glissading much of it right off the north ridge.
|2015-06-28||Route: East Slopes
Info: Trail snow clear to treeline. From the treeline to about 13000-ish the trail is wet and flowing with snow melt. Around the 13k mark there are two moderate snow fields with good trenches cut. Once on the ridge, it‘s snow free to the summit.
|2015-06-19||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Attempted and was turned back due to snow. The hike will start at the 11,300‘ trail head due to a snow drift that has yet to melt off. I attempted to push through it with my 4x4 set up but was unable. Even with a early start we post-holed almost all day (particularly every step after 10-11am) even with snowshoes on. Post-holing was thigh deep in spots. The basin where you need to cross is completely full. If you had crampons and felt the snow was sturdy enough you could probably get across it but I had a brand new climber with me and wasn‘t about to attempt. We climbed up to about 13,200‘ near the unnamed 13er (near Sloan Lake) in an attempt to find a route over to Handies but had no luck. Watch out for the Marmots at the TH, they are all over right now!
|2015-06-13||Route: Southwest Slopes
Info: Drove directions to Southwest approach. 20miles to fork without need for 4wd, only turned it on to cross the stream mentioned, water was about 1ft deep. Left the car quickly after the stream due to snow cover and didn‘t hike much further from here. Snow shoes and snow preparation, clothes, boots, etc recommended this early in the season. Weather was gray about 50F near trailhead and light rain started around 3pm. Wait until later summer this year for the beautiful, green landscape
|2015-06-06||Route: West Slopes
Info: Taken on a drive up Cinnamon Pass. Road is snow-free but muddy