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|2015-02-08||Route: South Slopes (Ridge)
Info: Climbed Lackawanna on Sunday with Tom and Frank. Thanks to Frank, for taking and sharing these pictures! Parked car half in the road at (39 deg 04 min 27 sec N) and (106 deg 31 min 25 sec W). There was no convenient pullout. We left there and created a trench until we ran into an older trench (maybe from doggler) after about 600 feet of climbing. It was a veritable highway and we were all thankful! At 11,747 ft (39 deg 04 min 49 sec N) and (106 deg 31 min 03 sec N), we took off the snowshoes. What a relief! Also, if I remember right, from this spot, there is a rocky bluff to the north east (climbers right)...if you like scrambling, that‘s your place! Otherwise stay to the left (west side) of that crag. The rest of the way up, there was virtually no snow. What patches of snow there were, we could easily bypass.
|2015-01-19||Route: South Slopes
Info: Summited on 1/19 from Hwy 82, inadvertently a few hundred yards east of the Upper Lake Creek Trailhead, which is no trailhead at all. Had to park mostly on road, but wasn‘t a problem being within 1/4 of a mile from the winter closure. Snow was sketchy, south-facing couloirs had top slab of 4" or so on top of sugar; definitely no place to be. Went up the more westerly rib, joined the south slopes route around 13,600‘, then came down south slopes. South slopes was far superior.
|2014-08-31||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Hiked to the top of "Lackawanna" on Sunday, it snowed up there! But it probably melted by the next day.
|2014-05-18||Route: gully ski
Info: Continuous snow starts from 11,080 ft, top of the willows, bottom of the gully (made for ~2,800 ft of skiing). Most of the snow in the gully is consolidated, save for the last 300-500 ft when I started punching through the thin frozen crust, which made for a slow progress. There is an option to bail on the right to gain the ridge around 12.5k or so. Beware of cornices and wet slides - lots of old wet slide debris in the gully. With a bit chilly/windy/overcast day dropping in at 12pm worked out great (had to wait an hour on the summit), but it should be much earlier on a sunny day. Fun line with an easy road access. #1 - old wet slide debris near 12.5k #2 - coverage #3 - cornices with wet slide debris #4 - near the end of the ski line ~11k
|2014-05-03||Route: South Slopes
Info: Skied Lackawanna today via the S Slopes. First 1000‘ or so is intermittent snow + bushwhacking. No skiing here. Rest of the way is continuous snow save for one short stretch near the summit. There is a nice booter to the top. We dropped at 10am, and it was still super icy. Guess we should have waiting longer. Photo #1: Look back down the start of the gully off 82. Photo #2: Above the bushwhack, continuous snow Photo #3: Looking down the summit ridge
|2013-06-08||Route: Southwest Gully (from 82)
Info: I‘m not a skier, but I‘d say that ski season on Lackawanna is over. The approach gully has thin snow and from ~12.2k to ~12.7k the snow is completely melted. Most of the ridge to the summit above the gully is melted out. It‘s in pretty good condition to walk up and down, but IMO leave the skis at home. Pic 1 - From about 12.2k looking up. Pic 2 - From about 12.7k looking up. Pic 3 - Our ascent route.
|2012-10-31||Route: South slopes
Info: I didn‘t climb it, but I drove by the gully at the beginning of the route. That portion of the route looks dry (see picture)
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|2012-01-15||Route: South Ridge from CO 82
Info: Due to my stupid internet, I‘m not typing this 3 times...STUPID Comcast...I‘m suing you for all you‘re worth!!! Anyway, climbed the steep south slopes of Lackawanna from CO 82. No snow, no wind, warm sunny day. Fantastic summit views of all the Sawatch and Elks.
|2012-01-14||Route: South Slopes(ish)
Info: Just setting up a new computer, so Matt Lemke got his report out before I could get mine out. I‘ll echo what he has to say: Not much snow at all. I went up the gully, then hung a right (at about 12k) and went up the SE ridge (about 12,400) before curling around to the peak. When out of the gully, there was a bit of wind - oh, perhaps up to 20mph - not a big deal. But the summit was practically dead calm. Came down the South ridge until I met back up with my tracks in the gully. I did a little postholing - not worth bringing snowshoes. Microspikes were helpful in spots. Pic1 - view from where I left the road. There was a bushwhack that wasn‘t bad. Pic2 - looking up the lower part of the gully Pic3 - a little higher up in the gully looking in the direction of the peak Pic4 - looking across SE ridge to the false summit (the actual summit is back out of sight)
|2011-10-30||Route: South Slopes
Info: Ascended South Slopes route on Lackawanna. Followed the ridge to 13,660 then continued to follow the ridge southward to the next highest point, I believe it‘s Pt 13,2xx. From this point, descended down a gentle drainage back to CO 82 and followed the road back to the TH for an enjoyable loop. Not a whole lot of snow on south aspects - certainly not enough for snowshoes, ice axe, traction. Boots and trekking poles sufficed. Appreciably more snow on the short traverse from Lackawanna to 13,660, but mostly avoidable. Road is almost completely dry to the TH (couple little icy patches, but nothing significant) and Indy Pass is still open as of Sunday 10/31. Photo 1: South ridge to Lackawanna summit Photo 2: A look at the south slopes from 82 Photo 3: Last portion of ridge to 13,660 Photo 4: Ridge to 13,660 from Lackawanna More photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/huamele/Lackawanna103011?authuser=0&feat=directlink