|2017-03-21||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-03-22, By: avvilliams
Info: Beautiful spring day for a hike. In the morning, the trail was well marked and packed below treeline. Above treeline, the trail was easy to follow along the east ridge. We used microspikes from the trailhead all the way to the summit. To echo previous reports, flotation would have been nice on the way down, as we encountered quite a bit of post-holing at and below treeline.
|2017-03-19||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-03-20, By: juliosantanaiii
Info: Floatation recommended for the descent. Quite a bit of post-holing from the treeline back to the parking lot. Otherwise, a beautiful day (with easy trail finding as is typical for this hike in the winter).
|2017-03-18||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-03-18, By: jogr6614
Info: Very bad post holing at the end of the descent. Potentially dangerous without snowshoes unless it's very cold and freezes everything over. I got quite stuck. Yacktracks were fine for ascent though. Fairly busy.
|2017-03-17||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-03-17, By: bdloftin77
Info: Same as last. Pretty solid with little fear of postholing going up in the morning. Used microspikes the whole way. Felt like going up a green/blue ski slope. Going down was a little softer during the mid day, but still doable. Only one 100 ft or so stretch without snow around maybe 12,000 ft. Did it as my first winter 14er ascent! A few days left...!
|2017-03-16||Route: South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
Posted On: 2017-03-18, By: SolarAlex
Info: Ascended east ridge via skins...mostly continuous, packed snow from car to summit. Dry at the usual spot around 12000' . Skied Cristo...it was firm up high and bony, with about 150 feet of dry rock to walk down. Below that it was continuous and smooth all the way down to the dam.
|2017-03-14||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-03-14, By: phlakin
Info: Trail is hard and packed snow virtually the whole way up. I used YakTrax the entire time - they worked perfectly. I found it to be far better to come down just off the trail, in the slightly softer snow. Plunge stepping saved the impact on my knees and I was able to descend much faster. Good luck. Have a great hike.
|2017-03-13||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-03-13, By: Patrick R
Info: About same as last week. A bit more drifting over the trail. Microspikes mandatory. Yaktraks wont do it. Even with microspikes, coming down the initial stretch from the summit is step-n-slide. Snowshoes not needed. If you can stick to the tramped trail you won't post-hole, but staying on trail is a bit tricky at times For skiers, there's good snow from the summit to the bottom
|2017-03-11||Route: South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
Posted On: 2017-03-13, By: adrenalated
Info: East ridge ascent has been pretty well updated, on skis it's possible to skin all the way to the summit, though those less experienced might want ski crampons or to boot the final pitch. A short downclimb into Cristo is required, then there is a short section of rock that can be sidestepped but most will remove skis for. After that, continuous coverage all the way down to the dam. Variable conditions ranging from dust on crust to hardpack to breakable crust to good corn.
|2017-03-11||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-03-12, By: sdicenso
Info: Little snowy through the trees then cleared up and got really warm. A bit chilly/windy on the summit. Solid packed trail through the trees. But some loose sugary snow in spots higher up. Hiked through some of the summer trail when visible on the ridge. Watch the weather through this site and Mountain Forecast, before you go. Was originally going today, but the weather forecast got much worse, so changed plans to hike yesterday in nicer weather. Microspikes or crampons needed. Not many people in snowshoes. Some skinning up had traction issues in spots due to soft snow. Skiing seems like it would be in some crusty snow. I used crampons, since I leant my spikes to my friends who came. Only postholed into deep snow a few times around treeline. Hiked 3/11/17, since the format on the app shows date posted, not date hiked.
|2017-03-11||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-03-11, By: kevmonster
Info: Great Day on the mountain! Left TH at 7:30am, some clouds and snow(less than 1") rolled in for an hour or two, but the sun was out after 10am. We used micro spikes and did not carry snowshoes. Snowshoes may be helpful for the steeper sections or for the soft snow on the way down, we did fine without. Snow all the way to the top, many skinned or shoed the entire way. 7hr Round Trip.
|2017-03-05||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-03-05, By: Patrick R
Info: Roads clear and dry to the overflow parking lot. Snowshoes not needed or helpful. Microspikes mandatory IMO. YakTraks might be OK but some spots are steep and icy. Got blown out at about 13k. -3C and 40-50mph winds. Winds were calm at the parking lot and up to the treeline.
|2017-02-21||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-21, By: Tim Edinger
Info: There is a well-established trail that is boot-packed and skinned over for the entire route from Monte Cristo TH to summit. I hiked in snowboard boots without traction devices and had no real problems; some post-holing in a couple of places but nothing major. Micro spikes or crampons could have increased efficiency on the 2nd step onward, but were not necessary to summit. Most folks (and there were 2 dozen on the trail today) were skinning the entire route. I was the only snowboarder, I believe. There's not a lot of soft snow to ski. Most of the route is hard packed and fairly fast and there is significant Sastrugi throughout the route. There are some powder stashes close to the ridge that are fun if you are experienced enough to be able to read the snow. Fun!
|2017-02-20||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-21, By: carlschaefer
Info: with fresh snow on the 19th snowshoes are needed above treeline, and recommended shortly above the trailhead. I saw a couple people with just microspikes, but also walked over a lot of post holes...
|2017-02-18||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-20, By: Marmot96
Info: There is a solidly packed trail for the entire length of the ridge and below treeline. Many people were using micro spikes, and I was fine with just ski boots going up. Skiing the face is great right now and also saw some people skiing the ridge directly from summit to TH. Snow was super firm and jarring, but beats walking down anyday!
|2017-02-17||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-17, By: vanessamoyle
Info: Firm packed trail from th to summit. Microspikes advised.
|2017-02-16||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-16, By: chrisrikli
Info: Firm consolidated snow from the trailhead all the way to the summit. Brought snowshoes, never put them on. However most others were on snowshoes or skis. Forgot my microspikes but it was no big deal except for a few icy sections below the treeline. Glissaded a good portion of the decent above the treeline. Would still recommend showshoes, microspikes and an ice axe to glissade.
|2017-02-12||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-13, By: AnnaG22
Info: full snow coverage at present, though a few spots are thin. good skin/boot track to treeline. with the recent fresh snow, looks like snowshoes would be preferable if not skiing.
|2017-02-01||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-01, By: Alan Arnette
Info: boot path from parking lot to summit. Used microspike to treeline and snowshoes just above since I took the direct line to the ridge, but spikes can get you up and down.
|2017-01-18||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-01-19, By: RWSchaffer
Info: The parking lot is well plowed. Trench to timberline is ski smooth and bootpack firm. Rocks are only occasionally encountered along the ridge to the summit. Microspikes made for easier going, but were not necessary. I did not use floatation.
|2017-01-07||Route: South Gully aka Cristo Couloir
Posted On: 2017-01-09, By: XterraRob
Info: South Gully is loaded with snow with two very large wind drifted cornices between 50-200ft from the summit (avoidable). If you follow the rocky ridge to the left of the gully, you can safely summit without much in the way of avy danger. In between the rocks were various patches of hard packed snow you could snow shoe up without sinking. Took snow shoes to about 500-700ft below the summit before scrambling.