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|2014-11-27||Route: Southeast Ridge
Info: The first 1mi or so has a lot of snow drifts in the willows. Definitely regretted leaving the snowshoes in the car, but once beyond the willows the route is good to go. About 3 or 4 inches of snow along the remaining route, microspikes may be nice if it freezes but not needed as of now.
|2013-12-19||Route: South-southeast Ridge
Info: Hike in from Guanella Pass road. Deep snow in places but firm on traveled paths. Mostly no snow on the ridges above tree line. Easily hikeable in crappy boots. Summit and summit ridge is generally snow-free. Risky snowfields are completely avoidable.
|2012-07-16||Route: Square Top Lakes Trail
Info: Nice and clear hike up Square Top yesterday. From the trail turn off there isn‘t a clear trail in place just follow the long steep rib to the summit ridge. Great wild flower hike right now! http://coloradoascents.blogspot.com/2012/07/square-top-mountain.html
|2012-06-17||Route: Southeast Ridge
Info: Route to the top from Guanella Pass is snow free. Not a snow field in sight on this side of the mountain.
|2012-06-03||Route: Silver Dollar Lake
Info: MAde it up Square Top and Argentine from the Silver Dollar Lake TH. The trail has some downed trees to contend with from the point you leave the car to a little ways below treeline. After that there is some mud to contend with until you get up to the small lake west of Silver Dollar Lake. I worked my way up the talus to the summit of Square Top, then took the ridge down to the saddle between ST and Argentine. The ridge up to Argentine is carrying some snow still, but you can get around most if not all of it. I was planning to continue on to Wilcox but got worried about the weather and bailed. Descending from Argentine toward Wilcox you will have to currently cross one good sized snow field, but its easily manageable.
|2012-06-01||Route: NW Ridge via Argentine Pass
Info: From the Argentine TH on the west (Summit County) side, there are a few minor snowfields on the trail (the old road) below treeline. Above treeline are two major snowfields, one of which is steep and at least 100‘ long. Microspikes highly recommended; otherwise safest way across is to ascend ~50 vertical feet, cross where the slope is gentler and return to trail. Summer conditions above Argentine Pass no matter where you go; all snow is easily avoided.
|2012-05-26||Route: Southeast Ridge
Info: Some snow, ice and runoff puddles, but no major obstacles.
|2012-05-21||Route: Northeast Ridge via Square Top Lakes
Info: Snow free
|2011-12-10||Route: Southeast Ridge
Info: I climbed Square Top today and the conditions were incredible. Perfect weather and very little snow. What snow has fallen on the route is blown and melted off. I didn‘t need flotation or traction. A little postholing in the willows at the start but nothing serious. Great climb.
|2011-06-01||Route: square top, argentine, wilcox combo
Info: Did the Square Top, Argentine, Wilcox combo. Up to Square Top patchy snow, but can be mostly avoided. No need for snowshoes. Same for Square Top Argentine Traverse. I returned by the going around the top side of Murray Lake and then roughly along the 12600 contour to avoid going back over the first two peaks (so the N slope of Square Top). Snow on that slope was fairly deep, often unavoidable, and I ended up post holing quite a bit. Guanella Pass is open all the way across from both sides, however it is closed for construction 8-11 and 1-3 weekdays. During the open times you still may need to wait a 1/2 hour or so for a pilot car on the Georgetown side.
|2010-12-26||Route: Southeast Ridge
Info: Approach from Grant side, parked 0.8 mile short of winter gate, snow too deep to proceed (Toyota Tacoma 4 WD), snow machine track to pass, road well packed no snowshoes needed to pass. I cut off the road, headed toward Squaretop, snow 2+ feet deep, powder offering no flotation for snowshoes, fine for group with lead rotation, a bear for a solo act.