|2016-07-05||Route: French/Frasco/Casco Combo
Posted On: 2016-07-05, By: tjf242424
Info: A few insignificant snow patches on the climb up Frasco. Otherwise, the whole route is snow free and there is no need for traction. I forded Halfmoon Creek (knee deep but flowing fast) and was able to rock hop across South Halfmoon Creek without getting my feet wet. The road to the trailhead is in good shape. No problems in a 2011 Outback.
|2016-06-05||Route: French/Frasco/Casco Combo
Posted On: 2016-06-05, By: RyGuy
Info: This conditions report covers Casco/Frasco/French. Couple notes: Halfmoon Creek is raging right now. Unless you have like 14 inches of clearance, don't plan to drive across the creek. There is a pair of logs that cross the river about 80 yards east (Down the road) that you can use to cross. They are a bit fun to use, but work well. It's quite the bushwhack to get back to the road at the creek crossing. Expect to add 20 minutes or so for that. The second creek crossing (South Halfmoon) is also quite high. There is another pair of logs down across the creek about 100 yards up. Also requires a lot of bushwhacking to find. And last but not least...START early. We started at 3:30AM, but should have started at 1:30 realistically. Despite a decent freeze, the snow started becoming sloppy about 2 hours after sunhit on Casco. The ridge from Casco to Frasco and French was decent, but also got sloppy before 10AM. On the way out, the snow was complete mashed potatoes. There are some spots in the basin you can avoid the snow for short bits, but we ended up spending a ton of time post holing, even with snowshoes (Although they did help)
|2014-10-25||Route: French/Frasco/Casco Combo
Posted On: 2014-10-25, By: Unknown
Info: French is nearly snow free, boots all the way to the summit. Traverse to Frasco had a bit of snow where gaiters were helpful. Casco had much more snow that the other two, microspikes and ice an ice ax were helpful here. Descent back to the road from Casco had a semi-decent glissade. Decent for October anyway.
|2014-09-25||Route: French/Frasco/Casco Combo
Posted On: 2014-09-27, By: desertdog
Info: Did the traverse. Bluebird day with great fall colors. No snow. Plan on hiking most of the road as its got some really rough sections.
|2013-11-11||Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2013-11-12, By: mollykay
Info: Summited Casco from Echo Canyon TH. Trail up to treeline was mostly snow covered with some icy spots, but easy to follow. We ascended the valley by traversing high and avoiding the willows and only had to cross intermittent patches of snow. Grassy slopes up to the ridge also had intermittent snow. Ridge was about 50/50 snow and rock. The summer route was covered with snow in most areas. We descended the valley lower through the willows which weren‘t too bad, but spots had up to a foot of snow. Microspikes and ice axe were helpful on the ridge. We didn‘t use snowshoes.
|2012-10-20||Route: French/Frasco/Casco Combo
Posted On: 2012-10-21, By: BobbyFinn
Info: Light snow on the east face. Micro spikes were useful higher up. Insignificant snow on the ridge from Casco to Frasco and French. Pic 1 - Casco from South Halfmoon Creek Drainage Pic 2 - Casco from the ridge to Frasco