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Four-Pass Loop Conditions?

Postby MichaelKB » Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:09 pm

I'm planning on coming up for the hike next week and was wondering if anyone knows the status if this trail? Mainly concerned with the amount of snow and any creek/river crossings. I appreciate the time!

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Re: Four-Pass Loop Conditions?

Postby gb » Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:41 pm

Should be some great skiing

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Re: Four-Pass Loop Conditions?

Postby Monster5 » Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:52 pm

Looking over towards the Bells/Pyramid Monday (cell phone quality):

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Edit - thanks for the Rustler's beta, gb and ajkagy
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Re: Four-Pass Loop Conditions?

Postby MichaelKB » Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:48 am

Eek! Yeahhhh.. wasn't planning on skiing! lol Thanks for the replies thus far, guys!

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Re: Four-Pass Loop Conditions?

Postby MichaelKB » Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:23 pm

Planning on trying again next Thursday. Anyone been on this in the past few days?

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Re: Four-Pass Loop Conditions?

Postby MyFeetHurt » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:22 pm

Bumping this up, thinking about doing the loop this weekend. Any recent beta on conditions? How many nights do people usually take, and where do you generally try to make camp? I'm thinking that a clockwise loop might be something like 4 days/3 nights, camping before Maroon Pass, then below Trail Rider Pass in Fravert Basin, then at Snowmass Lake. Thoughts?

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Re: Four-Pass Loop Conditions?

Postby Stevo » Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:44 am

I just did the four pass loop last weekend going clockwise. The conditions are great right now. There was a large cornice on Buckskin Pass and the Snowmass Lake side of Trailrider held snow fields up high and was extremely wet/muddy down low...nothing that wasn't easily avoided though. The streams are running high so be prepared to take your boots off a few times or deal with wet feet.

Most of the people I talked to were doing the loop in 3-4 days. Fravert Basin and Snowmass Lake would be camping spots. We stayed at Snowmass Lake. There was a ton of Mosquitos so be sure to take bug spray!

Let me know if you want any more information or pictures. It is a fantastic loop and you won't be disappointed!

Re: Four-Pass Loop Conditions?

Postby pioletski » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:15 am

Folks are saying carry at least one trekking pole to help with creek crossings.

@Myfeethurt - if you're out there this weekend look for me, I'll be the one with 3 young monkeys in tow. We're starting Saturday morning from Lead King Basin, going clockwise over 4 days/3 nights.
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Re: Four-Pass Loop Conditions?

Postby Steve Gio » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:46 pm

Looking for an update on conditions, river crossings/levels and wildflowers. Thinking about doing the loop 19th thru 21st.

Thanks for info

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Re: Four-Pass Loop Conditions?

Postby ScottN » Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:59 pm

Did the loop July 8-10. The entire route is snow free. We only needed to take off our shoes for two small stream crossings. The wildflowers were as good as I've ever seen.

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Re: Four-Pass Loop Conditions?

Postby jeffCC » Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:01 pm

I just ran the loop yesterday.

WARNING: Do not bring any wildflowers into the region! There simply isn't room for any more!

Seems to me I made about 4-5 wet crossings. I didn't look around much for ways to avoid them, but it seems like at least two were unavoidable.

This was my first trail run where I got my shoes/socks soaked. Surprisingly, it really isn't so bad. As long as your shoes are breathable (not waterproof!) they will dry out in notime and you'll forget about them before that.

One tip that I now follow on longer runs is to thoroughly slather my feet with Vaseline before putting my socks on. I think this helps avoid problems during the wet sock intervals as well.

TBH, by the end of the day it felt really good to get my feet cold and wet. I walked through a couple of streams even where there were stepping stones.

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Re: Four-Pass Loop Conditions?

Postby silverlafs » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:57 pm

Any new information on conditions? Planning on doing it 24th of this month. Thanks
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