Peak:  Cathedral Peak A (13er)
 Route:  Cathedral Lake TH
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  IHikeLikeAGirl
 Date of Info:  05/19/2012
 Date Posted:  05/19/2012

Sorry, not a complete conditions report. The fab Fincutters and I attempted Cathedral via the standard route, but stopped short of the standard gully due to a snow storm. ~3" of snow fell in 20-30 min and we could not see the gully (or Cathedral Peak) at all. Given that the ridge is class 3 and the storm only seemed to be getting worse, waited for a bit, then made the call to head back to camp. Althought tedious, no traction or snowshoes needed on the way up to the lake. Snowshoes and gaitors are probably a must in the afternoon near and above the lake.

Passed 2 skiers heading up, just below Cathedral Lake, and did not see them at all, even after leisurely packing up my camp and chatting with their buddy who twisted his ankle on the trail, and was patiently waiting in the parking lot. So, assuming ski conditions were stellar.

All gullies on every peak (from that view point and while we could still see) looked completely filled in.

Lightly snowed 3/4ths of the way back to the TH.

Pics #1 and #2 shows conditions at 6:19a - taken just above Cathedral Lake
Pic #3 shows it snowing lightly at 6:48a - Cathedral Lake is behind and below Bob and Kate
Pic #4 7:00a - Cathedral Peak is behind Bob and Kate

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

 Comments or Questions

Conditions Tomorrow
05/20/2012 02:30
Heading to the TH now. Did you leave because you thought it would be bad on Sunday? Or did you just need to leave? Just curious. If you post a reply here in the next


05/20/2012 03:48
Sorry to hear that. We got turned away from Thunder Pyramid today by the same storm.


Sorry Grover
05/20/2012 13:20
I know this is too late, but I left because I had things to do at home. Bob stayed to meet Matt, said if the snow did not let up, he nd Matt wouldn't be doing it Sunday either. As I was hiking out, it looked like the snow was still going, but much, much, lighter. Hope conditions are good today and that everyone who's up there has a sccessful day.

Sorry to you too CarpeDM! Good call though.

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