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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 6/10/2024, By: Dan Kearney
Info: On the way up I chose to head for Punta Serpiente to gain the ridge, and this route was 100% snow free. Once on the ridge there is no mandatory snow to the summit. Coming down I took the standard route, which still has some snow fields that can be avoided with a little creativity. I chose to plunge step/skate through it and the conditions were perfect for it. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 6/14/2024, By: asorbera
Info: There were a few snow fields that can be easily avoided as you gain the ridge. On the descent be sure to use those snow patches for a nice glissade down. Summer conditions. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 6/1/2024, By: megandahlstrom1
Info: The 4WD trailhead is open! Yay! We brought microspikes and snowshoes. We used the microspikes in the hard snow for just a few minutes when we first started out, but most people did not have them and were fine. The snow was soft at the bottom coming back down and I did posthole a little, but it wasnt worth bringing the snowshoes. We debated not doing this hike today based on previous condition reports, but it was a great experience. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 6/1/2024, By: emself
Info: Darn near summer conditions. First/last quarter of a mile still has snow, but it's not worth carrying floatation for. Firm/icy in morning, some postholing in afternoon. Some patches of snow on the remaining route that are mostly avoidable. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 5/31/2024, By: Dayute
Info: Everyone still parking at 4-way, road is clear but trailhead parking area had a lot of snow still. Only one unavoidable snowfield right past summer trailhead and it is short. Supportive at 7am and calf deep postholed a few times on the way back. Most remaining snow avoidable. Never put spikes on, snowshoes would be pointless. Trail runners and gaiters and my socks stayed dry. No portojohn at gate anymore and sparse coverage nearby. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge to N Face Ski
Posted On: 6/2/2024, By: slawrence2011
Info: No update to previous comments on standard route. I had a fun adventure on the N face ski route with a little cliff downclimbing. I looked through all the trip reports, and I saw two accounts of this being skied, Jared Luttrell and group, and SnowAlien. In both cases, the cliffs had to be downclimbed. Posting this to make sure if you do this you are well prepared for that, and the long skin out, tough to finish by 6 with the challenging egress drainage. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 5/30/2024, By: Bikefan123
Info: Road from ranch house to 4-way parking is ROUGH with tons of ruts so be prepared with high clearance vehicle. Carlos still has 4WD parking area closed; est. 2-3 weeks before that opens up. It is 7 miles R/T from 4-way. Had to use crampons up & down & post-holed a ton toward the bottom. Snow shoes would have helped. Winds at the top were 40-50 MPH. Took 3, 60+ yr olds 7 hours. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 5/30/2024, By: Bikefan123
Info: Road from ranch house to 4-way parking is ROUGH with tons of ruts so be prepared with high clearance vehicle. Carlos still has 4WD parking area closed; est. 2-3 weeks before that opens up. It is 7 miles R/T from 4-way. Had to use crampons up & down & post-holed a ton toward the bottom. Snow shoes would have helped. Winds at the top were 40-50 MPH. Took 3, 60+ yr olds 7 hours. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 5/24/2024, By: MMAfightingClimber
Info: Parking is allowed at 4way, trail is basically dry till the 4WD parking lot. Mostly continuous snow after (some dry sections on the ridge). I postholed maybe 3-4 times. Didnt bring snowshoes and I think snowshoes are not needed at all anymore for culebra. The small section youd use them on is not long enough to warrant bringing them with you. You can also bypass most of snow completely anyway 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 5/19/2024, By: kpowers89
Info: Parking allowed at the four way, upper trailhead will be melted out soon. Snow most of the way. It softened quite early so flotation is recommended. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 5/18/2024, By: bryanroberts
Info: Parked at the 4 way today. Sunny conditions, snow from the trailhead to the top. Was hard pack all the way up. Only required microspikes. Went over to Red Mountain while we were there. By the time we returned, the snow was softening near the bottom, so some post hole action for a bit. Overall a great day. 8 miles, 3950 vertical in 7 hours. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 5/18/2024, By: lakingme39
Info: Road open to Four way. Some snow remains on road up to the summer trailhead. I can't imagine the ranch opens the road to the summer trailhead for a few more weeks. Skiable line as the previous post mentioned. Similarly, it should last through Memorial Day, but can't imagine much longer. Encountered postholing on the way down - did not have snowshoes and didn't need them, but they certainly could've helped as the snow was very soft on the way down. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 5/19/2024, By: Gertine
Info: Parked at the Four way per the Ranch hands' say so; snow still up higher on the road. Conditions were great in the AM, snow was hard enough to not post-hole and the trail was shown well by prior hikers. Climbed Culebra and then over to Red Mountain. A few of us cut Culebra off a little on the return to the trail from Red Mountain, it was a little steep but felt comfortable. Coming down though late morning post-holing was a problem. I didn't bring snowshoes and probably fell through ten times, for me I was glad I didn't have to carry them. Also, we had read somewhere that there is a port-a-potty at the Ranch gate and there wasn't on 5/18 and no bathroom at the ranch of course. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 5/6/2024, By: willcubswin
Info: Snow on the route is melting pretty quickly. There was still a skiable line from about 13,100' - 11,500' in the "bowl" the previous poster mentions. After the ridge at 13,100,' the snow was super spotty on the ridge to the summit. We used microspikes the whole way and didn't have any issues. We left the summit at 10:30am and while we encountered some postholing on the way down, it wasn't complete hell and never warranted putting on snowshoes. We were able to drive up about 2 miles past headquarters, which made our round trip about 11 miles with 4k' of gain. In a week or two (depending on new snow), it seems like you'll be able to drive up to four way depending on what the ranch allows. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 5/19/2024, By: Balcao2546+
Info: Conditions were alright but definitely bring snowshoes for sure and be prepared for some trekking before reaching the 4 way trailhead 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 4/22/2024, By: climb2ski
Info: Skied from the summit on Sunday We had to park at the headquarters. Continuous snow after 1.5 miles from the HQ. We skinned the next 3 miles to tree line. The skin up to the ridge from there went well. The ridge involved some skins and skins off time. The ski down the ridge was very rocky - lots of side stepping. I stayed low and found some snow and avoided the false summit. I had to take the skis off a few times to find some snow. The ski from the ridge to the road was great. The road went ok. The snow was getting soft for sure. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2/17/2024, By: Justin9
Info: Snowmobile track to 4 way. Good trench from there to tree line. Pick your way thru the rocks from the saddle to the summit. If youre headed over to Red like we did, no flotation needed.our group was all on skis and skinned up/ skied down from ranch hq to the saddle. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2/13/2024, By: MIAndrewB
Info: Text from Carlos at Cielo Vista Ranch this morning: "Yes, you can reserve a spot for either of the days there are climbers scheduled if going solo as long as others are climbing they do not necessarily need to be in your party I learned . The mountain has fresh snow and we've had issues getting the road to the headquarters cleared meaning that we still haven't packed the trail so it may be a long day starting from the headquarters in fresh snow. We still have a couple days to get the road open and the trail packed." Hope this is helpful for those making plans soon. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 1/29/2024, By: shapovalovm
Info: Ankle to thigh deep snow from TH to the summit. Snowshoes/skis were a must. Took standard route. The only concerning area was the slope traverse at ~ 12200-12600 before going up the ridge. Caltopo says the angle is too low to be concerning and CAIC said W-facing slopes were safe. That said both me and a couple other people heard some minor whumping, so we separated and watched each other on the way back, just in case. The ridge also holds some snow and has some cornices, so be careful. Luckily to me, a couple of skiers trenched the entire trail, including navigating around snow on the ridge (if you are reading this, thank you!), but even then it was a long hard day. Beautiful weather, though! Overall, 5 people summited this day (3 skiers/splitboarders + 2 on foot) and 1 turned around. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 1/20/2024, By: shapovalovm
Info: They did not let me in because I was solo. They were trying to convince me that was in the website, but it was not (hopefully they will update the website). Apparently, as long as there are other people on the trail that day (do not have to be in the same party with you) you are fine. Refunded the fee, but 24h of my time, hotel and gas are still wasted. And sadly I cannot go tomorrow because of work. 
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