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June or July??

Postby DenneyR » Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:31 pm

I am already planning next years trip to hike 14er's and nearby trails. I am planning on 2 to 3 weeks in various areas.

This past summer I went for the last 2 weeks of July but was plagued by the afternoon "monsoon" rains.
So for next year I'm considering going in June. I shouldn't get as much rain but I'm wondering about lingering snowfields and the amount of wild flowers.
I will be hiking in the Sange de Cristo and the Elks as well as Ice Lakes in the San Juans.

Any comments or suggestions will be much appreciated.

My dates would be either around June 9th or July 8th. for 2 to 3 weeks.

Thanks in advance for your opinions.

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Re: June or July??

Postby Scott P » Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:41 pm

It's too early to tell how the snowpack will be, but it's a good bet that much of the San Juans and Elks will have quite a bit of snow, especially early in the month.

The Sangres typically receive much less snow than those ranges.

The mountains are beautiful in June, but I'd prepare for snow.
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Re: June or July??

Postby peter303 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 5:02 pm

I've done a fair amount of postholing during June climbs. Thunderstorms can start in May. In fact, I was dodging one in south Denver on an Oct 30 run yesterday!

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Re: June or July??

Postby San Juan Ron » Thu Oct 31, 2013 5:21 pm

As Scott said, early June can mean lots of snow. We are already off to a good start in the San Juan Mountains (which means nothing for the June snowpack). I would go with early July if you need to decide well in advance. SJ Ron :)

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Re: June or July??

Postby uwe » Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:38 am

Since you are asking for opinions...
My vote is July for sure.

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Re: June or July??

Postby unclegar » Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:50 am

Early June you will have snow. Early July you may or may not have monsoons. I'd say July.
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Re: June or July??

Postby Tornadoman » Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:56 am

July would get my vote too, especially if you are trying for the high peaks. Start early on your hikes and be willing to turn around if the weather starts to turn.

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Re: June or July??

Postby sanjuanmtnguide » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:32 am

In the San Juan's there can be relatively heavy snow in June - especially in Ice Lakes Basin (it lives up to its name). As a rule - we have almost zero precipitation down here in June - the skies are usually cloudless blue all month with very warm daytime temps. Creeks are usually running fast and full.

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Re: June or July??

Postby DenneyR » Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:14 pm

July it is....................thanks for all of the input

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