Posted On: 2016-06-22, By: Col_Forbin
Info: Skywalker is now past prime conditions. A small bergshrund has formed at the bottom of the direct (princess leia) exit. This can be bypassed to finish by making a few class 4 moves on the rock to the right and then moving back onto the snow. Snow conditions were variable throughout the couloir. If you want to climb this via the direct exit, I suggest you get on this soon. Sorry for the low quality flip phone pictures.
|2016-06-19||Route: Via Fourth of July trailhead
Posted On: 2016-06-20, By: emgordon
Info: If you want photos of Jasper, Neva, or the Arapahos, PM me. I took a ton. I hiked to Arapaho Pass and Lake Dorothy but this information is useful for the whole area. The first section to the Diamond Lake split had a fair amount of water but my feet stayed dry. The second section to the Arapaho Peak split had a lot of water and long snow to cross. The snow is pretty rotten too and not freezing overnight. It can be hard to follow the trail at times. The last bit to the Pass and Lake has maybe three snowfields to cross and the pass is clear but the lake is still frozen.
|2016-06-16||Route: Skywalker Couloir
Posted On: 2016-06-16, By: Mike Shepherd
Info: Trail is mostly dry until near treeline, then large patches of snow. Skywalker was in excellent shape, snow was very very firm. We left from the trailhead around 330am and topped out around 6:55am, and were back at the car around 1130. We did not need snowshoes due to the snow staying firm. We only descended part of the standard route, but there was a lot of snow cover on parts of it.
|2016-06-10||Route: Via Fourth of July trailhead
Posted On: 2016-06-14, By: forwardbias
Info: The snow above 11,000ft on the small plateau is deep and soft, you could walk 10 or 20 feet and then suddenly fall into waist deep or deeper holes, crawl out and then repeat. Snowshoes could be helpful here but might not be worth the extra weight for the short stretch where its a problem. After you start up the mountain again at around 11,400ft the snow is mostly melted and the going is easy again. After 12,800ft patches of snow start back up, its also soft but you can easily just kick in steps and move up while occasionally post holing. Not much ice so crampons weren't needed.
|2016-06-04||Route: Skywalker Couloir
Posted On: 2016-06-06, By: supranihilest
Info: The trail from the Fourth of July trailhead is still covered by large drifts in spots, especially in the shade. These drifts were mostly solid. We did not need snowshoes. The trail itself was wet and muddy until above treeline. The Skywalker couloir itself was in excellent condition, being just slightly icy in the early morning and increasingly soft as the sun hit it. We topped out before it got dangerous, then picked our way down the mostly snow covered trail off the flank of South Arapaho and back to the main trail.
|2016-06-04||Route: Skywalker Couloir
Posted On: 2016-06-04, By: pseudoghost
Info: Went up Skywalker this morning. Road to TH open and easily passable with some clearance. Left TH at 5:30. LOTS of snow still in this area. Trail to Arapahoe Pass has large patches with at least 12 inches of snow still. Surrounding peaks are loaded with snow still. We arrived at base of couloir at 7AM. Started up at 7:30 behind a large group from the CMC. The staircase is in after today. Snow was pretty soft to start, even at 7:30. Higher up in the couloir the snow has not fully consolidated yet. A bit of a crust overnight, but once you got through the crust, you were into pretty sugary snow in spots. Snow still felt supportive enough to safely climb. Not a lot of avy debris around Skywalker, and no one really felt there was significant danger. Significant evidence of slides on other aspects on surrounding peaks. Another group tried Mt Neva today and bailed because they felt avy conditions were ripe. We were able to do a Princess Leia finish. Be warned though, the "bergschrund" about 50 feet below the exit is covered by rotten snow. Very hard to get purchase in there, although all who attempted made it today. On another note, we saw two climbers about mid-way up the couloir (and still climbing) at 12:30 PM today on the way down. I just don't understand why some people push it so much when there is so much evidence of wet slides on surrounding peaks....
|2015-07-05||Route: Old Baldy and S. Arapaho Peak Combo
Posted On: 2015-07-05, By: Powder_Moose
Info: Trail snow free to summit. Some stream crossings but all passable without getting wet.
|2015-06-28||Route: Via Fourth of July trailhead
Posted On: 2015-06-29, By: davebks
Info: The peak is clear all the way up. Trail is wet and muddy so wear boots. There are a few snow crossings near the top but no gear is needed. Overall it was in great shape and the traverse is doable without crampons. That being said, there is snow on the traverse. Use good judgement. I did get rained on a bit and I‘m pretty sure I heard the thunder from the storm over bierstadt. Some of the pics are of skywalker. I saw a few ppl on it around 11am. Sorry the pics are sideways. Can I fix that on here?
Posted On: 2015-06-21, By: GregMiller
Info: Climbed Skywalker today, pretty good snow from base up (see image 1). Snow started contiguously at about 11,700. Bottom of the constriction has a snow bridge that‘s going to turn into a moat pretty soon (see image 2), figure the other finishes will go for a while. We started on the snow about 5:45, summited S. Arapahoe around 7:30, sun didn‘t hit the route before we got off the top of the snow.
|2015-06-08||Route: Skywalker Couloir
Posted On: 2015-06-08, By: alpha
Info: Snow starts around 11k as per last report. First 2/3 - 3/4 of couloir was pretty firm, top was pretty soft.
|2015-06-06||Route: Via Fourth of July trailhead
Posted On: 2015-06-06, By: cordisimo
Info: We left the trail at about 11k‘ where the snow got a bit deeper and marched up some intermittent snow fields to the Old Baldy ridge. The overnight freeze left the final bit a little slick but we were fine in running shoes and microspikes. Traverse was still covered in snow. Recommend either high socks or tights to put on when the post-holing starts!
|2014-10-26||Route: Via Fourth of July trailhead
Posted On: 2014-10-26, By: Mike Shepherd
Info: Bluebird along with mostly snow free ascent. There is some snow on the trail as you approach the saddle between Baldy and S. Arapahoe. Once at the saddle the scramble up S. Arapahoe has some some snow but this can mostly be avoided by rock hopping carefully. One party completed the traverse but the north side looked too snowy for my liking. I brought microspikes but never broke them out.
|2014-07-04||Route: Old Baldy and S. Arapaho Peak Combo
Posted On: 2014-07-04, By: Unknown
Info: Dry route with the minor exception of the marsh/creeks. No snow however. Beautiful wildflowers everywhere.
|2013-07-06||Route: Via Fourth of July trailhead
Posted On: 2013-07-07, By: mountainjam
Info: Hiked S Arapaho and Old Baldy 7/6. Wanted to do the traverse from S Arapaho to N Arapaho but it was too windy. Conditions on S Arapaho and Old Baldy were summer-like, some snow on the traverse to N Arapaho. Pic 1 - Summer trail conditions, wildflowers are out as well Pic 2 - Dry conditions heading up S Arapaho Pic 3 - N Arapaho and traverse Pic 4 - S and N Arapaho from Old Baldy
|2013-06-30||Route: Skywalker Couloir
Posted On: 2013-06-30, By: scramble
Info: At 8:30 this morning 6/30/2013 the snow at the base of Princess Leia was unconsolidated and thin and didn‘t support weight. Instead, one could enter the princess by climbing around the rotting snow on rock (or there was even a bit of solid ice on the side), but lacking rope/pro we downclimbed to what was probably the "escape" exit as described by summitpost. We traversed left on the snow below the cliffs to the left of Leia and found straightforward class 3.
|2013-06-19||Route: Skywalker Colouir
Posted On: 2013-06-20, By: seth0687
Info: Ascended S. Arapaho via the Skywalker Col and the princess Leia exit. The snow is still pretty good but I would say time is ticking on this route for sure. I wouldn‘t start much earlier than 7am at the base of the col or it will be bullet proof for the first 1000‘. By that same token, if you start too late the upper Leia exit will be pretty unsecure and mushy with the sun baking it all morning. Good Luck.
|2013-06-09||Route: Via Fourth of July trailhead
Posted On: 2013-06-10, By: ETA
Info: Climbed via Skywalker, left the parking lot at 4:10am, started the climb at 6:00am. Snow conditions were great on the lower portions with steps in place. The upper was a bit hard for kicking steps, and pretty steep just before the top. Snow continuous to the ridge and no rock climbing involved. Didn‘t need snow shoes for the approach, there is some post holing on the way down. Pic.-1 Skywalker Pic.-2 Traverse to N.Arapaho Pic.-3 Jasper still loaded
|2012-12-02||Route: Old Baldy and S. Arapaho Peak Combo
Posted On: 2012-12-02, By: jeremy27
Info: Very little snow. Gaiters were helpful and so were spikes but probably not necessary. Ice axe wasnt needed. Easy walking over to baldy. Good luck.
|2012-10-14||Route: Via Fourth of July TH and South Arapaho Peak
Posted On: 2012-10-15, By: jeremy27
Info: Saturday‘s storm probably dropped 4-6 inches in the area which was blown around and drifted in places. It was knee deep in a couple places. We didnt make it past 12k because of the wind but I doubt the snow up high would stop a summit bid. It was melting fast down low. Good luck.
Posted On: 2012-05-07, By: el chupacabra
Info: Skywalker was still in good shape get it fast though it wont last long.