|2016-11-26||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-27, By: BKS
Info: Summited yesterday on standard route. Trail to old cabin and lower basin is mixture of snow packed, bare trail and some ice. Through basin and up to saddle snow varies from talus sticking through up to knee deep. Saddle to summit- lots of talus is exposed, but still some calf deep snow. Consistency is powdery and unconsolidated. Snowshoes wouldn't help much at this point. Had microspikes but didn't wear them - they would have been mildly helpful. Trench is just from two people. Will help out some in trail breaking.
|2016-07-23||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-23, By: DanielL
Info: Hiked Fletcher Mtn this morning from the Blue Lakes dam. I forgot how rewarding it can be to climb a 13er! For the same distance from town and the same physical effort, one can get much more solitude and a pleasant hike that isn't so high profiled. Anyway, the route is pretty straightforward and enough snow has melted that you can easily get to the summit on dry terrain. I did have to navigate around a snow field to reach the actual summit so I'm counting it as a snow climb. Probably a winter ascent too. I did see two skiers doing laps on the north side of the Fletcher-Quandary saddle and have attached a (somewhat blurry) picture. Kudos to you two for sticking with it this late - that snow looked a bit rough! Afterward, headed over to the west ridge of Quandary which was fun and also totally dry as expected. Surprisingly very few people were on the west ridge route, given it was a summer Saturday. The only crowds were on the summit. I would highly recommend this loop which can be easily done in a morning's time. The scenery is fantastic.
|2016-07-16||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-16, By: summitkate
Info: There are a couple of snowfields, but the route itself avoided all of them except one. There was one small snowfield near the top of the summit pyramid that we had to navigate around. Other than that, Fletcher is in summer conditions.
|2016-07-09||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-09, By: dwemp6
Info: There is still quite a bit of snow on much the route including on the final ridge. Despite the snow, it is quite manageable. I brought micro spikes but did not use them. It was a beautiful day, the waterfalls were flowing strong and Bailey and I were alone nearly the entire time.
|2016-06-19||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-19, By: Double Oh Seven
Info: Lower trail was dry except for a few short snowfields. Upper basin was still holding some snow. Snow is not continuous on the se face. Crampons and axe were still helpful. But starting to look more like summer than winter. Fun peak. Beautiful area. A little tougher than I thought it would be.
|2016-05-29||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2016-05-30, By: eskermo
Info: Booted and rode off the summit of Fletcher all the way down to the lake for about 2,200' of continuous riding. I did not use crampons but would highly recommend them for the ridge up top. Ice axe was mandatory. Up to the ridge at 13,400' was easy on solid, mostly consolidated snow that was perfect for hiking. No postholing at all. Upon reaching the corniced ridge, however, things got a little more serious than I was expecting. I wanted to stay wide left of the cornice, but also couldnt get too low because there were steep snow slopes broken by cheese grater rock fields below me. There was some sketchy steep sidehilling action with a really slow sequence of plunge axe, take two kick steps in the steep snow, plunge axe, and repeat for a while. Once this melts out a little bit, it should be much easier to navigate. The snow was excellent. A little firm but perfectly edgable up high, corn in the middle, and fun sloppy but not completely unsupportable snow down lower. There were plenty of surprise pockets of creamy windblown pow that were nice as well. There was some serious poling needed down lower in two flat spots but I never had to unstrap! The road is currently passable to about 11,400' , about 3/4 a mile and ~300' below the dam.
|2015-08-21||Route: Fletcher+Drift Traverse
Posted On: 2015-08-21, By: BagginPeaks
Info: Decided to do some Centennials since I did not have a partner for Pyramid today. Planned to do the Fletcher-Drift traverse, but after going up and over the talus of Fletcher starting the traverse super high winds coming up the slopes on the North side of the ridge drove me off. There are two snowfields on the steep slopes in the high basin and you can go straight between them and pick your way up the rocks and cliffs to reach the flat area at the base of Fletcher‘s SE ridge. No snow on the traverse to Drift.
|2015-07-29||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2015-07-30, By: BoulderBarb
Info: Only one section of snow you have to climb up. I used microspikes and poles and was happy to have them, especially on the way down. Saw someone go up in just sneakers and a walking stick (but he was much younger than me ;). Rest of the hike was clear. I found the scree challenging climbing up from the lake, very loose. *EDIT* just looked at the picture of route Bill posted. No snow when his picture was taken but it has you going directly up the large snowfield that was there when I went. I went up to the left of the snowfield and it was very steep and loose. When no snow left the rout is probably a bit easier
|2015-07-12||Route: Fletcher+Drift Traverse
Posted On: 2015-07-13, By: screeman57
Info: Climbed the East Couloir on Drift yesterday, and conditions were perfect at 7am. A nice snow climb of about 250-300ft. Snow in the crux notch on the traverse to Fletcher made things "exciting," but doable with extra care. As per previous Fletcher report, there‘s still quite a bit of snow up there--a nice snowy ridge finish, and several fields on the ascent (my descent) that could probably be avoided (but why?). The day was going so great, and the weather holding clear, that I threw down for the West Ridge of Quandary as well (which is in excellent shape). Sorry that I have no photos, but if anyone wants beta on anything out that way, I do have a good memory...
|2015-05-30||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2015-05-31, By: a day in the life
Info: The road was open most of the way to the reservoir. Short and easy boot up the road, and we skinned from just north of the reservoir to summit of Fletcher. Great coverage, plenty of snow.
|2015-05-03||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2015-05-04, By: dpage
Info: Continuous snow from the summit to the reservoir. In the morning the snow was firm enough not to need floatation. I could kick steps in without needing crampons but my partner used them along the upper ridge. The return trip involved some postholing and glissades. I‘m not the best at describing snow conditions but along the ridge were small wind slabs that would break away. For the early part of the day I only sunk 4 inches into the ridge at most.
|2015-04-23||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2015-04-24, By: JtheChemE
Info: Blue Lakes road plowed, melted out to dirt up to the chained off section, approx ~11,500(?). Snow conditions highly variable. Used snowshoes for much of the route once past the dam. Approached the SE ridge with a line higher on Quandary‘s flank than the summer route due to snow conditions. Took the winter variation of SE ridge to avoid the basin, given the recent snow, and recent CAIC observation of large human triggered avy in that area. SE ridge stable snow, but the line we took still had 1‘ of new snow over the older layering. Intense sunshine prior to noon made the descent a bit sloppy, recommend early start. Saw party of 2 ascent drift peak east couloir. Observed solo skier intentionally trigger avy on a North Star ridge couloir, @ ~13.2k 15-20‘ wide which propigated nearly down to the reservoir @ ~11.8k.
|2015-03-21||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2015-03-23, By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Skinned up the entire Monte Cristo Creek before booting up to the Drift-Fletcher saddle. Stable snow all the way and the skinning was easy with firm, supportive snow. From the summit, we skied the SE ridge down to the top of the hanging basin (normal summer route), we found stable snow and were able to find a safe ski route. Excellent corn skiing down to the dam. We didn‘t ascend the normal, winter ridge because we didn‘t want to bring crampons and we knew the entire area had a firm base so the long way around would be easy skinning.
|2015-02-10||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2015-02-11, By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Skinned, hiked and cramponed the "winter line" up the ridge south of Fletcher with a plan of skiing the peak from the summit. We found dry conditions above 13,300‘ and not much snow upper Monte Cristo Creek. There‘s also a bit of dicey snow along the standard, SE ridge, just below the summit.
|2014-10-18||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2014-10-19, By: jmanner
Info: Short conditions report. Few us went up Fletcher yesterday... Snow above 12,000 feet. In the Ten Mile/Mosquitos North facing aspects still carry a considerable amount of snow, but southern facing aspects do not. Although, none of us had down Drift before, we didn‘t see a snow free way to traverse to Drift... There are some nice snow filled couloirs that could allow quick access to it‘s summit.
|2014-08-10||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2014-08-10, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Good amount of snow en route to west ridge area. The "rust gulley" is completely snowed in, and unless you have an axe and spikes you have to detour it and scramble up around the left. Rest of snow is pretty avoidable. Fletcher itself has a large patch of snow just below the summit, but again, avoidable. Great peak. Here are pictures I took today of the gulley/upper region and then pictures from 2012 when I was up doing the West Ridge. Scramble up and around the gulley climbers left.
|2014-07-27||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2014-07-29, By: Kitten
Info: Hiked from Blue Lakes. There is just a snow patch in the last gulley (before reaching the flat area below Fletcher) which could be avoided, but it is nice to have microspikes and an ice-axe for the glissade down.
|2014-07-15||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2014-07-18, By: LivingOnTheEdge
Info: Went up Fletcher with the plan to traverse to Drift. There are still at least 3 areas where steep snow blocks the easiest route. We were able to string rock piles together with minimal snow crossings and I was able to kick step any snow that could not be bypassed and did not need any snow gear. The ridge to the top is closer to Class 3 with significant exposure right now because of a cornice that is hanging around on the South side. Had to scrap the traverse to Drift because of incoming weather, but it looked snow-free. Snow was perfect for glissading around noon and sped the descent quite a bit. I will note that my GPS logged a distance of 7.3 miles rather than the listed 4.25. Some of that was likely a bit of wandering and re-routing because of snow, but I‘m sure it‘s longer than it‘s listed distance. Let me know if you‘d like pics of the area.
|2014-06-04||Route: NW Couloir
Posted On: 2014-06-04, By: DeanS
Info: Couloir is in good shape for climbing. A little melted out at the top, but no big deal. Lots of bumps due to slide a few days (a week?) ago, so glissade wasn‘t ideal, but all in all an awesome day.
|2013-11-02||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2013-11-03, By: Grover
Info: Unfortunately, I know this update on Fletcher Mtn. will be wiped out by the storm that is about to bring more snow to the mountains, but I will still leave some beta. The road to the Blue Lakes Dam was clear with minimal snow packed on the route. No snow at the parking areas at the dam. I used microspikes at the beginning of the hike. As I moved higher into the valley, at around 12,300 ft., I switched to snowshoes for the rest of the way, all the way up to the summit. The snow was over 2‘ in the flat parts of the valley. So snowshoes are a must. I did not use the crampons or axe I carried on my bag. The snow coverage along the ridge leading to the summit and the summit itself was not as bad, as you could see the wind had stripped away the snow.