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Peak(s):  Audubon, Mt  -  13,223 feet
Post Date:  03/31/2012
Date Climbed:   03/31/2012
Posted By:  Liquid Shadow


 Audubon via Brainard Lake   

Took a shot at climbing Mt. Audubon today. Ultimately failed at the objective because of heavy snow accumulation.

I left Boulder (I go to CU) around 5:30AM and got to the winter gate around 6:30AM. There were a handful of cars already parked there. From the winter gate it's roughly 2.5 miles to the Beaver Creeks Trail System.

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Here you can see Brainard Lake is partially melted.
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Still lots of snow on the road, this is between Brainard Lake and the Mitchell Lake parking lot.
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Beaver Creek Trailhead, also covered in lots of snow.
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Postholing was definitely a problem. But the worst problem was the visibility of the trail. The best I could do was follow footsteps in the snow that are sometimes barely there. Eventually I realized that I ended up on the south side of Audubon, which means I'm not on the Mt. Audubon trail which is on the east ridge. I know it's possible to climb Audubon on the south side but I felt that it wasn't safe under these conditions.
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Souvenir picture back at Brainard Lake.
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  • Comments or Questions
FireOnTheMountain


You should of....     04/01/2012 02:05
seen that area last year this time...

Hope you enjoyed the outing!


vern2hike

Thanks     04/03/2012 13:54
Thanks for the update. I have been wondering what the conditions were like in that area.



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