Peak:  Mt. Columbia (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  bhaydin
 Date of Info:  10/09/2011
 Date Posted:  10/10/2011

Very quiet day with near perfect conditions. Three Elk Trail has little snow (1-3 inches) until just below treeline. There is a well tracked trail regardless, so no troubles there. Climbing the headwall was pretty straightforward until just below the ridge. In the gully I climbed, there was at most 18" in the deepest parts, but nice and firm snow. The ridge is pretty windswept, but several areas are holding snow making boulder-hopping a little more precarious. Image 1 = Meadow looking at route; Image 2 = Gully view; Image 3= East Ridge from summit; Image 4 = Horn Fork Basin from summit (note Bear Lake)

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

 Comments or Questions

missing hat
10/11/2011 14:10
hey, you didn't happen to find an Adidas hat on the way up there did you? My buddy droped it the day before on that route.


10/11/2011 14:27
Nope, no hats that I could see.


Climbing this weekend?
10/12/2011 15:43
I've been waiting for some snow on this route to avoid the loose scree and crapola that you have to endure when there is no snow.
Would you say the route on the snow is firm and will still be firm this weekend? are snowshoes at all necessary? or, will the snow be more or less gone by Saturday?


10/12/2011 16:11
Looks like the clouds have been hanging around up here, so I would expect the snow to linger. Assuming no more new snow snowshoes are definitely not needed. The snow was good climbing. I just kick-stepped my way up. There were a few spots that were loose up top, but that was because the snow was thinner there. Have a great hike!

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