|2017-02-12||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-02-13, By: James13
Info: We hiked Grizzly, Sniktau and "Cupid". Thanks to the ladies on "Cupid" for the brownies and hot chocolate. We did not use snowshoes or traction.
|2017-01-02||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-01-03, By: paigie_42
Info: Hiked Grizzly peak from Loveland pass. There was patchy snow/ice but it could be avoided. I brought spikes and snowshoes but didn't use them. Most of the route was wind blown clear of snow. The wind was really blowing!!
|2016-12-03||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-12-04, By: Marmot96
Info: Hiked this peak from Loveland Pass (also got "Cupid"), where the same conditions apply. There was little/no snow along the first portion of the trail and no navigation was necessary. After leaving Cupid and re-ascending the the high point before Grizzly, going on the West/right side of the point was easier than going over, but the snow wasn't deep enough to cover the rocks below so it was a slippery time. The final push up to Grizzy was very spotty, with some really deep snow and some rocks with only a dusting. The whole route was easy enough, and no snowshoes are necessary yet. Microspikes would help in some places but really aren't practical due to the amount of exposed rock in most places.
|2016-10-02||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-03, By: denvermikey
Info: Basically snow free for now. Early summit had verglas on the ridge up to summit which made descending a tad bit more spicy. Don't really think traction is necessary however.
|2016-06-12||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-12, By: JQDivide
Info: Didn't hike it.... Photo from today, 6-12. Trail from TH to Cupid was dry. A few skiers were headed to the Griz/Cup saddle to ski back down to the road.
|2016-05-14||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-05-15, By: JeffR
Info: Typical conditions for mid-spring (bare ground mixed with patchy, wind-drifted snow), but snow is continuous and deeper than usual on route above Cupid. Grizzly N. ridge (direct) can be done mostly on rock with a few short snowfields or in 6-12"+ snow on normal route. Spikes/snowshoes/axe would be wasted weight.
|2016-03-28||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-03-28, By: CreekRunner
Info: Starting from Loveland Pass, there is boot high snow. I didn't put on snowshoes/skis, but they may be useful if you don't want to deal with even the most minor sinking through. There is barely any snow from the junction point to Cupid, only in the usual final broad point before the summit. The remainder of the hike going down Cupid toward Grizzly is where microspikes are needed. This being my first time going from Cupid to Grizzly, I was a bit intimidated by the drop down the saddle and the illusion of Grizzly looking near vertical, and once at the most technical part of the hike, prior to the saddle, I decided to go west around the little spiky bit, not trying to test if the eastern way was a deep snow drift. Once at the saddle, it was smooth sailing to the top of Grizzly. The way back is a bit tiring, but thankfully the wind died down and transitioned from stinging snow-in-the-face cold to a pleasantly warm day. Summit vid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLKLRooppSQ&feature=youtu.be
|2015-11-24||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-11-24, By: willfoxley
Info: Very windy, snow blown conditions. Peak is haphazardly snowed on, with some areas barren and some with 3-4 foot drifts. Micro-spikes are not necessary but useful for decent. Wind is very strong and raw, be sure to cover your face well.
|2015-06-20||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-06-23, By: Ericds84
Info: Climbed Grizzly Peak from Loveland Pass. Route was almost entirely dry, except for some snow on the rocky section of the downclimb from Cupid. Get an early start to keep from postholing.
|2015-05-23||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-05-23, By: RambleOn34
Info: Attempted Grizzly this morning from Loveland Pass. Only made it to Point 12,915 before turning around after feeling my poles buzzing. Flotation would have been helpful, but not necessary. Sorry, no pics due to whiteout conditions. TONS of snow.
|2015-05-04||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-05-04, By: codyjh1991
Info: Climbed Grizzly D from Loveland Pass this morning. It was pretty perfect, I was nervous about the weather because it was super cloudy so I didn‘t get much of the sunrise I planned for but as the hike went on the clouds made it all the more beautiful. Pretty perfect conditions for an easy day out there. The ridge was pretty wind blown so for 85% of the hike you could choose to stay on the rocks or hike on good, well packed snow. Went all the way to the last dip before starting the final climb up Grizzly in just boots, then put on spikes. I did have an axe as well because I chose to stay to the sides and climb up on snow, which I think was a good idea. No wind at all. Beware the monster cornices, but they‘re really easy to spot and avoid. Saw some slide evidence right under one of them. Grays and Torrey‘s looked beautiful.
|2015-04-04||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-04-04, By: capetrekker
Info: Grizzly Peak is in beautiful early spring conditions at the moment. The first part of the route until Cupid, no spikes are needed. After Cupid, the route becomes more snow-covered as Grizzly approaches. The ridge is mainly wind blown snow with the rare posthole thrown into the equation. Spikes, gaiters, and poles are all highly recommended. Conditions are at their optimal point for this mountain.
|2015-03-07||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-03-08, By: Trotter
Info: Windy. Ridgeline is clear of snow for the most part. The snow that is up there is mostly hardpacked and we could go over it. Postholed a couple times. Final climb up the side of Grizzly is slippery, there is about an inch of snow mashed into the scree. Would recommend boot chains/microspikes. We hiked without gaitors but they could be useful. No need for snowshoes
|2015-02-28||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-03-01, By: stevevets689
Info: Typical winter conditions. Did not need or use snowshoes or microspikes. There were only a couple spots of hard, windpacked snow and we were all able to kick our boots in enough for traction. The cornices are thinking about getting big, with one in particular just on the Grizzly side of "Cupid" that looked huge - stay away from them and the route is safe regardless of avalanche conditions. It was snowing on our way out, but it‘s been snowing a lot lately so I don‘t believe conditions will have changed much. I created GPS waypoints for the car, as well as the point on the Continental Divide that you first access from Loveland Pass. These were useful on our hike out when the storm moved in.
|2014-06-03||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2014-06-03, By: a94buff
Info: TH 615AM Grizz summit 820AM car 1020AM. Fierce winds but otherwise a nice morning. Didn‘t need traction or gaiters on the few snow crossings that remain, however your results may vary depending on start time.
|2014-05-31||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2014-05-31, By: jsdratm
Info: The ridge has some massive cornices on the east side. There are still some areas where the snow is unavoidable and I postholed up to my thigh a few times, but overall was able to do well with just microspikes and an ice axe. If you go early in the day you can descend the summit via a shallow snowfield on the west slope instead of going down the steep scree.
|2014-05-20||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2014-05-20, By: a94buff
Info: Was up there today (Tuesday), TH 610AM Grizzly summit 815AM car 1030AM. There is still quite a few snow crossings, all were very firm even on the way back. I put my gaiters on for the return assuming things would have softened but had no postholing issues. I left my microspikes in the car and that was fine too; though I did have my poles with me and if I hadn‘t, then I would have had some issues coming down the south side of PT 13.117 as it was quite slick. If you don‘t have poles I‘d suggest spikes. Good conditions overall for shaking off the rust. Posted some beta pics for you crazy BCS folks. There‘s a lot of snow up there.
|2013-12-27||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2013-12-27, By: AndesX
Info: Snow in some areas, most of it is hardpacked. Snowshoes were useless. Crampons were great help, especially on approaching to Grizzly‘s summit and back down to the saddle. Picture. Grizzly and Torreys Peak.
|2013-03-08||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2013-03-08, By: a94buff
Info: Tonight/tomorrow‘s storm will probably render this info irrelevant, but for what it‘s worth: climbed Grizz today; was walking on dirt most of the time. There is some snow in parts but most is hardpack. I carried my microspikes and did find them useful on the final pitch, both up and down, as well as a couple other spots. I was glad to have my poles as well. Was blessed with a day of light breezes and steady sunshine. Edit: Have included a couple images now that I got them off my camera, including conditions on Torreys NW side.
|2012-12-04||Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2012-12-04, By: powhound
Info: Just about all snow is avoidable...but the wind is not. With the exception of one brief section on the east side of Cupid, you will get raked by the wind the entire route. With the lack of snow, there is zero avy danger above the shortcut that bypasses the first bump on the ridge, so that reduces the elevation gain/mileage by a little bit.