early season snow on 14ers/13ers

FAQ and threads for those just starting to hike the Colorado 14ers.
Forum rules
Please do not use this forum to advertise, sell photos or other products or promote a commercial website. For more details, please see the Terms of Use you agreed to when joining the forum.
Post Reply
ncpaul
Posts: 3
Joined: 9/7/2020
14ers: List not added

early season snow on 14ers/13ers

Post by ncpaul » Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:50 pm

Hello:
Pretty new to climbing these peaks. I know my question about early season snow depends a lot on location in the state, mountain range elevation, aspect, etc. But does anybody have some general thoughts on whether the snowfall from the storm this week will be expected to persist above treeline, or in contrast, melt off and give way to dry rock again, before more permanent stuff falls later in the season.
Thanks for any thoughts.
User avatar
JamesK
Posts: 8
Joined: 3/29/2017
14ers: 51 14
13ers: 1

Re: early season snow on 14ers/13ers

Post by JamesK » Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:36 pm

It should mostly melt off by this next weekend.
User avatar
emgordon_II
Posts: 27
Joined: 7/26/2020
14ers: 30
13ers: 12

Re: early season snow on 14ers/13ers

Post by emgordon_II » Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:41 pm

Depends on how deep it falls and wind speed/duration/direction. I’m seeing CAIC models for Sawatch range upwards of 2 feet. With wind loads, there is potential for 4+ feet in gullies which would almost certainly stick around. Generally, I would guess that slopes below 10k will melt out and ridge lines will be clear of snow within a week while shady NW to E slopes below treeline will stay snowy if more than 6-12 inches accumulate.
User avatar
sigepnader
Posts: 197
Joined: 10/17/2011
14ers: 17
13ers: 45 1

Re: early season snow on 14ers/13ers

Post by sigepnader » Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:33 pm

ncpaul wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:50 pm
Hello:
Pretty new to climbing these peaks. I know my question about early season snow depends a lot on location in the state, mountain range elevation, aspect, etc. But does anybody have some general thoughts on whether the snowfall from the storm this week will be expected to persist above treeline, or in contrast, melt off and give way to dry rock again, before more permanent stuff falls later in the season.
Thanks for any thoughts.
It’ll just be a muddy mess by Saturday. High is 66 in Fairplay this weekend. Not to mention the ground has been pretty warm for some time.
Post Reply