Peak:  Mt. Columbia (14er)
 Route:  West Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Justin9
 Date of Info:  04/21/2012
 Date Posted:  04/22/2012

N Cottonwood Creek trailhead is dry and accessible by any vehicle. The trail thru the trees is snow - microspikes not necessary. Trail above tree line is pretty dry except for the final summit ridge however on the ridge you can still avoid 90% or more of the snow by staying just to the left of the ridge. We did not use snowshoes on the way down, but wished we had them as we postholed up to our thighs for 3 miles or more back to the TH.

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