|Peak:||Challenger Point (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Info:||03/31/2012|
Climbed and skied Kirk Couloir today. Snow extended from the basin below the couloir, through the couloir and to about 100‘ below the Kit Carson-Challenger saddle. Snow in the couloir was very firm and mostly consolidated. Hard snow and it would be hard to stop a fall.
General Willow Lake Conditions:
The trail is dry from the TH to the headwall where you‘ll find patches of snow beyond the first stream crossing and then more continous snow above the headwall and all the way to Willow Lake. The snow was hollowed out and very collapsable. After the lake, the trail up to Challenger is mostly dry past the top of the waterfall. Patchy snow after that, but not continous all the way to Kirk Couloir.
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