Peak:  Santa Fe Peak (13er)
 Route:  North Slopes
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  IHikeLikeAGirl
 Date of Info:  11/29/2012
 Date Posted:  11/29/2012

Santa Fe Rd was packed down by a few vehicles (including Mr. Middlebrook‘s) quite a ways up. One brave soul made tracks up to ~12,000 ft. Beyond that, snow was mid shin deep on the road. Negligible snow off the road.

Ridge was dry, with a smattering of small patches. Dry to knee deep, sugary, snow in the trees, west of Geneva Peak.

Carried an ice axe, micro spikes, and gaitors. Didn‘t use any of them. Could have used the gaitors, but did not seem worth the effort for the short sections of snow.

VERY icy in the willows getting to the creek. The creek was well iced over too. Micro spikes would behoove one there, but we did not put them on. Was able to find paths across the ice on weeds protruding through, but still fell. Micro spikes would have made it far less tedious and more efficient to cross.

Probably too late for pics, but to give you an idea.
Pic #1 - Road below treeline was either dry or like this and had an awesome dog named, Lucy. Bring healthy dog treats for her please.
Pic #2 - Tire tracks at ~12K
Pic #3 - Ridge pretty much was dry
Pic #4 - Icy Willows. Doesn't look like much, but it was pretty much an ice rink with willows and weeds poking through. Tedious to cross.

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

 Comments or Questions

11/30/2012 17:35
I don't suppose you heard me drop the ”F-Bomb” when I slipped on the ice in the willows for the second time ?? Getting the microspikes out of my pack would have been the smart thing to do here.


Ice is not always nice...
12/04/2012 23:39
It is hard, very, very, hard. I fell too...and it hurt...should probably rethink my post on the micro spikes.

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