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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 6/21/2024, By: Eph 2 5
Info: I can't speak to the conditions on the Handies trail itself, but here are some pictures of American Basin on 6/19/24. Handies is on the left in both pictures. The summit is out of view in one of them. The pictures are taken from near Pt 13,535 (now 13,549) on the ridge to the west of American Basin. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 6/17/2024, By: JonW
Info: Came from the Grouse Gulch TH and got on the Southwest Slopes part way up from American Basin. Descended the East Slopes. Both had intermediate snow making route finding challenging at times. Most snow was encountered descending the saddle heading into AB. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 6/11/2024, By: wmagnuson7
Info: Much of the trail is covered in snow, especially the first half of the route, so route finding is annoying at times. I would leave snowshoes and ice axe at home, but bring gaiters. I would bring either poles or spikes for traction when postholing. Cheers! 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 6/7/2024, By: MountainBuhn
Info: Parked at Animas Forks and hiked over Cinnamon to arrive at American Basin. AB is covered still, but the snow was rock solid even though it definitely didnt get below freezing the night before. Summited at 9:40am and still solid snow going down at 10am. Spikes recommended for sure, but snowshoes are unnecessary. Cant get to AB main trailhead yet. Look at my TH report for that. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 5/31/2024, By: stickmann
Info: The lower parts of American basin still have a lot of snow. The west gully will probably be melted out soon but had continuous snow until 200 below the summit. The west slope route itself is mostly a slog but had a few moments of steep fun. I descended the southwest slopes route where there is very little snow left near the summit. There is one section of the trail that is interrupted by a small band of snow that Im glad I had an axe for. I carried flotation but never used it and was out of the basin by 10am. Snow was supportive all morning but I bet the basin will be a pain after a few more days of warming. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 5/6/2024, By: AlpineSplit
Info: East Face is in great ski condition right now. First mile of the approach is a bit annoying with the snow patches, best to hike longer than you think. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 11/10/2023, By: GreatGlissader
Info: Great hike, not too much snow. Road is dry to trailhead. Looked like more snow on the southwest route. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 10/16/2023, By: Montana+3
Info: What a beautiful and fun experience! Trail was wet, a little muddy in places, not bad. At 12000' there was about 5 inches of snow on the trail in spots. By 1300' we encountered any where from 1 to 2 feet of snow. From just above 13000' to the summit the trail was mostly clear of snow. A little muddy in sections, until around 100 yards from the summit. From that point to summit was dry. Very windy at the top, but WOW, amazing views. Highly recommend this hike. I had a bilateral amputee with me and she made it through the snow, very carefully. I would not recommend going after this date. The trail miles are not accurate at all. This is more like a 6.5 mile hike round trip. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 10/2/2023, By: loriburroughs81
Info: Trail Conditions were perfect- no snow. There was some weather that came in Saturday afternoon/night so there may be some snow now. Wind gusts on Sunday were close to 96mph, so make sure you check that before hiking! 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 10/2/2023, By: loriburroughs81
Info: Trail Conditions were perfect- no snow. There was some weather that came in Saturday afternoon/night so there may be some snow now. Wind gusts on Sunday were close to 96mph, so make sure you check that before hiking! 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 10/7/2023, By: ltlFish99
Info: Some snow in the last 400 feet to the summit. Quite windy on the summit, a steady 40mph, with stronger gusts. Views were Wonderful. While heading down, there was sleet, rain, and Thunder, although i did not see lightning. 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 9/29/2023, By: RWSchaffer
Info: The upper North Ridge holds a little bit of icy snow (Photo 1), just enough to make traction useful for a short stretch. The route is otherwise still in summer conditions. Fall foliage was nearing its peak (Photo 2, taken on descent). 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 9/22/2023, By: PedroCO
Info: Rained the night before at the TH, snowed higher up on the mountain. Trail was good, though - not much snow on it until about 13K ft. Traction went on there, and we used trekking poles. More snow, like 6+ " on the last bit of the ridge - the steep part. Snow below the N ridge was melted off as we descended, but guessing that deeper part of the ridge will remain and build as we creep into Fall. Overall, if you have traction and are comfy in it, this route is still solid. This route is really nice - 4th time up it. And, the view from Handies is one of the best in the state. 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 9/18/2023, By: dean20170
Info: Did the standard, SW Ridges route today. No snow on the trail / peak whatsoever. Trail in great shape...easy to follow. CR30 getting to/from it much rougher/slower than I remembered...add 25 minutes to what Google says from Lake City to get to the 4WD trailhead. Got to that trailhead with a Jeep Renegade Trailhawk with no issues. 
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Route: SW Slope > E Slope Loop
Posted On: 9/16/2023, By: espressoself
Info: Started from Grizzly Gulch and hiked the road to American Basin to do a loop of both routes. Also tagged Whitecross which was in roughly the same shape. Everything is snow free to 13k and then have some snow (less than an inch) to 13.7kish. There is probably 3-4 above that, but it should melt quickly if nothing else blows in. Spikes recommended for the E Slope near the top. It was pretty slippery coming down. Also plenty of mud as things warmed up. Its still trail runner season if you ask me! 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 9/17/2023, By: maurer_kg
Info: Wow, it's a beautiful time to be on this route! The only challenge today was about four inches of snow on the final push to the summit. The upper trail (top 300 feet) has some spots that felt a little exposed and spooky in the snow, but nothing too spicy. Poles and microspikes will be helpful (or that snow might melt). 
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Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 9/11/2023, By: Abowser7
Info: Summited Redcloud, Sunshine and Handies on 9/9/23. Started at 4:00 at Grizzly Gulch Trailhead, summited Redcloud at 6:30, summited Sunshine at 7:30. Do not do what I did and try and take the direct Sunshine route down to make the path a loop. Very sketchy about a mile down with very loose rocks and drop offs, no clear trail either. I ended up turning around and going back up Sunshine and Redcloud and back down the original combo route. Wasted about 2 hours and added and extra 1000 ft. of elevation gain. Got back to my car at 11:30 and drove to American Basin trailhead. Started Handies at 12:00, summited at 2, got back to the car at 3:30. The road is very doable, but very long. Cinnamon Pass and American Basin roads are doable in a stock 4runner. Saw a lot of smaller cars and outbacks as well. Redcloud was stunning, beautiful conditions and completely snow free. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 8/29/2023, By: backcountrybrodes
Info: Weather turned out to be better than expected. Cloudless until 9am, rainless until 1pm. Trail in fantastic condition. Road a little less so due to all the recent rain, but still Subaruable. Rode up in a long-wheelbase Chevy truck no problem. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 8/6/2023, By: ScottHendrick
Info: East Slopes trail is in nice shape, summer conditions all the way. Beautiful hike. Left trailhead at 6:10 am, summit at 9:55 am, back at the parking lot at 12:20 pm. 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 8/1/2023, By: lesherhawk
Info: Great conditions on the trail. No snow. Lots of standing water on CR30 due to rain showers every afternoon lately. Recommend high clearance vehicles going to Grizzly Gulch or American Basin trailheads. 

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