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|2015-04-25||Route: West Gully
Info: There is still a lot of snow in the Webster Pass area, outside of Montezuma. We started from the end of the Montezuma road, walked the road back to the Webster Pass road and up through the residential area to the start of the 4WD road. Skinned the road and along the Snake River to about 11,200‘ before ascending east through the forest to reach Geneva‘s southwest ridge (pic #1). The ridge and summit were snow-covered. We carefully skied northwest along the exposed, summit ridge (pic #4) and walked down about 30‘ to reach a continuous line of snow in the west gully. The upper 400‘ had fresh, shallow snow but enough strips of deeper snow that allowed us to avoid most of the underlying rocks. Below that it was cream snow down to the trees. We skied the gully down into the trees and back to our skin track. We noticed plenty of recent slide activity on east-facing avalanche paths and many cornices which probably grew a bit after that last storm and subsequent winds. Stats: ~7.25mi RT, 2,700‘ elevation gain
Info: No snow. Road to Montezuma open. AWD vehicles can drive at least 1.1 miles up the road. With careful driving it would be possible to get to the mine. All snow on the eastern front range (G&T, Pettingell, Citadel, Grizzly, Edwards, Bard group, etc.) appeared wholly absent, as seen from Loveland Pass.
|2012-05-29||Route: Webster Pass Road
Info: Visual report from Santa Fe Peak. Webster Pass Road still has one snow-covered stretch just below treeline ~300‘ long, and a few patches above treeline, otherwise dry. Much less snow overall than previous report; peaks in this area essentially have summer conditions. Santa Fe Pass Road (FR 264), which heads east from the stop sign in Montezuma, is dry up to treeline with a few snow patches and damp spots way high. (This road is moderate 4wd to treeline and rough 4wd above; Subarus should be OK to treeline. Not aware of any gate on this road.)
|2012-05-03||Route: Webster Pass Road
Info: Webster Pass Road is gated about ¾ mile past the turnoff from Deer Creek Road. Mostly snow-free from there to the creek crossing another ¾ mile upstream. Creek is ~2 feet deep but can be crossed with boards. Beyond that, road becomes snowed in very quickly and without snowshoes it is best to go cross-country across open terrain to reach peaks east of Webster Pass. Once above treeline it is easy to avoid snow except on southern slope of Geneva. Probably another 2-3 weeks before I‘d call it snow-free; until then floatation advisable.