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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 6/16/2024, By: tpmarshall
Info: Trail is pretty much all thawed now apart from a few small patches. summer parking lot getting full around 5, can get there with any high clearance car. 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 6/16/2024, By: tpmarshall
Info: Trail is pretty much all thawed now apart from a few small patches. summer parking lot getting full around 5, can get there with any high clearance car. 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 6/16/2024, By: tpmarshall
Info: Trail is pretty much all thawed now apart from a few small patches. summer parking lot getting full around 5, can get there with any high clearance car. 
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Route: Lost Rat Couloir
Posted On: 6/16/2024, By: ChiBearsFan
Info: Started up the couloir at 5:20, condition were nice and firm. Topped out a 7 (slow midwestern). Conditions were still good when I top out but it was starting to soften. Had a few small rocks come down while in the upper half. Then if you look at picture 17 where the Couloir turns Skier left by the small rock rib there is about 6ft that didnt have full coverage but didnt it didnt pose any issue while clilmbing. 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 6/16/2024, By: tpmarshall
Info: Trail is pretty much all thawed now apart from a few small patches. summer parking lot getting full around 5, can get there with any high clearance car. 
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Route: Lost Rat Couloir
Posted On: 6/10/2024, By: leandra_nikont
Info: Rang in 30 with an early ascent of Lost Rat - started the couloir just before 5 and it started getting soft around 6:30. Would recommend starting no later than 4 at this point in the season. Great climb! 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 6/3/2024, By: Smurgu
Info: On Saturday June 1st. We parked 2 miles before the TH in the designated lot, which was almost full at 5.15 am. Summited at 11 am- frequent breaks for a Chicagoan. I think microspikes were super useful on ascent and snowshoes needed on descent, especially in the valley. Blue skies, mild winds- back in the parking lot by 3 pm. 10.5 miles round trip due to parking. Super fun day. My first 14 er in spring conditions! 
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Route: Lost Rat Couloir
Posted On: 5/28/2024, By: Gavin Goold
Info: We left car around 4:30 am and made it to peak of grays at 845. I initially was worried about potential wind slabs in the couloir as it is easterly facing but when we got in there at 9 am it was sheltered enough not to have that problem. At the bottom of the couloir, there were some definite signs of warming as we were releasing dinner plates from our skis that rolled down. And an individual booting up the couloir when we were descending had to turn around. 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 5/17/2024, By: Danger_D
Info: Excellent conditions. With 4WD the road is drivable to dry parking spots at grizzly gulch turnoff, but those spots were all taken today, so most will be walking the winter lot. Undrivable above that. Continuous snow above 10,700 but melting fast. All couloirs in the valley are in. Lost rat looked in good conditions from afar and I think it saw some ski descents today. Dead Dog had a ton of Avy debris in it, we saw some parties climb but not ski down. The NW face skinned great, but ski crampons highly recommend because it gets bulletproof right as you gain the summit ridge near the saddle. You can still ski from the summit with some creative billygoating, but not sure how much longer it will last. We dropped down the main face from the saddle at 11:15 and it skied like a dream, but the freeze is going to be weaker for the weekend so YMMV 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 5/13/2024, By: Taco14
Info: Road going to the summer trailhead was extremely muddy on the way down and the top half of the road was still covered in a good bit of snow. Two Tacoma's had confidence meet reality on the road and are going to have to be towed out of their precarious parking positions. So probably best to keep walking the road for a few weeks yet. After the summer trailhead the trail was completely covered with fresh snow and all of the trail signs were still buried most of the way up the signs under several feet of snow. Snowshoes definitely required. If you don't know what the route is you won't be able to find it very easily, even the cairns were mostly buried. You can finally lose the snowshoes at about 12,500 or 13,000 and then you'll want microspikes for your summit push. 
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Route: Lost Rat Couloir
Posted On: 5/4/2024, By: stomblin7
Info: Hard packed road to summer trailhead in morning. Put on snowshoes within 1/2 mile of summer trailhead to make travel easier. Couloir snow is soft and not quite fully consolidated. We were able to kick good steps in but it appears there is a deeper layer of hard ice below in some sections and then 6-8 inches of newer softer snow overlaying it. The exit to the right was clear, there is a very pronounced cornice overhanging the left side of the exit. Lots of little roller balls coming off the snow in the rocks on either side of the couloir by 8:30 am. Summited grays and descended a combination of the ridge and standard route. Put on snowshoes once we reached the valley and for the first half of the roads descent. 
Route: NE Face
Posted On: 4/18/2024, By: jmanner
Info: Skied rhe NE Face today. A little bit of billygoating from 14,200- 14,100 to stay on snow but not bad. Tour I-70 to summit and skied back to the car. 3h up 35m down. 
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Route: Lost Rat Couloir
Posted On: 4/16/2024, By: ejfahren
Info: Started from I-70 TH. Pleasant 5 mile skin to the base of the couloir, continuous frozen snow. Apron snow was still firm at 930am. Skinned to 12600' and booted with crampons to the NE summit ridge at 13700'. Patchy but continuous snow along ridge to summit. With a bit of creativity, you can still link turns from the summit along the NE ridge back to the couloir entrance. First few hundred feet were still very firm though there was some wet shedding already further down the couloir from the east facing band of rocks. The rest of the shot was progressively softer corn finishing with stellar turns in the apron. Continuous snow back to the TH made for a very fast exit. 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 3/11/2024, By: AlessiaAscent
Info: Summitted and skied Grays on 3/7. We started from i-70 because the road is undrivable, but it's packed with a snowmobile until the summer TH. Stayed mostly on the summer route, but after the summer TH, we turned left at the bridge and skinned up the drainage to avoid avy danger off Kelso Mountain. We also switchbacked up to the summit from 13,000 randomly, not really following a trail. Deep snow, there was about a foot of powder, but there were also hidden rocks (above 13k especially). Visibility went as we skied down - it was virtually a whiteout. Super fun day! The road adds a lot of gain and lateral, but it was almost entirely Type 1 fun. 
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Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 2/18/2024, By: sarahmariekirk
Info: Attempted G&T today from I70 (Stevens Gulch). The 3 mile road walk in is packed from a snowmobile but the trench ends at the summer TH. We donned snowshoes at the start and followed a winter variation route, which resulted in epic willow wallowing but successfully avoided Kelso Mountain and its avalanche prone slopes. The willows sucked the life out of us today, and the wind and snowfall today filled in any trench that we made. There were two skiers ahead of us that climbed Kelso and triggered an avalanche on their ski down, which was validating for me, having taken a more conservative route. We ended up turning at about 13K due to white out conditions, wind / blowing snow. What a day!! 
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Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 1/9/2024, By: cotezi
Info: Did Grays with a couple friends this past Sunday 1/7/2024. We were able to drive a 4Runner with stock tires all the way up to summer TH with zero issues. We were able to hike from TH to summit of Grays and back without floatation and only post-holed a handful of times. Yes, it was freezing, although not that as cold as mountain-forecast had predicted. Alas, we were all in disbelief at how little snow there was, for this time of year at least. Unfortunately, this won't be the case I don't think, with these next few storm cycles coming through this week... 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 1/1/2024, By: madmattd
Info: Generally packed snow with a few mild drifted sections. Upper few hundred feet to the summit have loose sugar snow. Spikes were fine, could probably manage without if desired too. We need snow badly... Thin snow cover on most of Kelso Mtn, so everyone is still taking the summer route through the basin - avy concern not really an issue right now. 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 12/16/2023, By: bfaulkne
Info: We were able to follow the North Slopes trail the entire way to the summit. We did not feel the slopes coming off of Kelso Mountain looked particularly threatening, but please assess for yourself. Only used snowshoes for a short bit around 12,000 ft when we got tired of postholing, but you can probably easily get by without them. Spikes were definitely helpful. Go get it! 
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Route: Grays and Torreys
Posted On: 11/11/2023, By: eastcoasthiker
Info: Super nice day today on Grays and Torreys. Would recommend spikes and poles at a minimum. A couple small areas where an axe would have made it safer. Some postholing here and there but nothing crazy. Very windy higher up and tracks were covering up very quickly. Glad I had full face coverage b/c the winds were really biting. Definitely do not try to drive to the summer trail if you don't have 4WD. My AWD crossover did not perform well but some Jeeps and a 4Runner did fine. 
Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 11/4/2023, By: kal_18
Info: Trail is mostly covered in snow. I was postholing in some places. Some ice on various sections as well. Used microspikes, gaiters, and poles, which were very helpful. Today was quite windy, and I slipped a few times due to that and unstable snow. Still a fantastic day, and the landscape is beautiful. 

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