|Peak:||Kit Carson Peak (14er)|
|Route:||From Challenger Point|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Info:||07/04/2011|
The Avenue is pretty much clear of snow. You do have to cross one small (like 5 steps) snowfield; the other snow is avoidable. There are bootprints in the snow that you can step in. However, a slip here would be bad and you would not be stupid to bring ice axe and/or micro spikes to cross this. That said, we and several other parties just walked in the existing bootprints with no traction aids and made it across safely. There is no snow of consequence in the gully leading to the summit.
The picture was taken from Crestone Needle on 7/2 and we hiked KC on 7/4.
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