Chase and Christy take off down to Snowmass Creek. Snowmass Mountain looks to have the snow cover more typical of August.
One silver lining of a light winter is that the summer routes on the peaks and the trails are clear of snow earlier than usual. Christy, Chase Edgerton, and I ran the Four Pass Loop last Saturday, about a month or so before we’ve been able to do it in year’s past.
It was snow-free up Buckskin Pass. Even Pyramid Peak looked to be clear.
While it is very dry, rather than join the “sky is falling” camp declaring that everything is going to burn, we’ve been looking at things more from the half-full perspective, that is, it’s been nice to have summer arrive early. Last year it snowed so far into spring that when we first ran this loop on July 31st, it was still a muddy, snowy mess. All of the trails here took forever to dry out. It’ll rain eventually, it always does, but for now, I’m sure a lot of people will be happy to know that the high routes are clear, so get out there.
It’s totally dry down to Snowmass Lake.
There were a couple of patches on the Trail Rider Pass side of Snowmass Lake, but they’re going fast.
And the Fravert Basin side of Trail Rider was all clear.
Fravert Basin was dry like mid-summer. Higher up there was some easily managed snow on the switchbacks of Frigid Air Pass.
The Bells, Fravert Basin, and Christy from atop Frigid Air Pass.
Chase, and the CB side of Frigid Air. No problem there.
Frigid Air Pass from below. The faint trail goes up to the saddle.
Chase runs towards West Maroon Pass, #4.
Christy slogs up the last bit to West Maroon Pass before the six mile run back to the trailhead.
So totally superb. Thank you for sharing. That’s a special place up there.
Mouse and I and friend Taylor Davis were on Treasury, looking out over most of your route, about the same time. Just a little cornice snow left. We used the Yule Pass road to access the peak. No goats exept for us old ones! Rock on. Rod
Do you think the wildflowers will be early, peaking before mid-July ? Last year they were late. Beautiful run, great photos. Good luck this weekend at the Lake City 50!
A beautiful day for sure. The flowers were actually out in force in some spots, a yellow one we couldn’t recall the name of was predominant.
Otherwise, the usual paintbrush, some red columbines and lots of early season little ones were around.
I think it might be a light flower season if it doesn’t rain soon.
Rod, I always thought of you more as an “old dog” than an old goat.
We still have yet to get up on that one.
You guys are crazy. I wish I could run with you.
After looking at the pics Ted,i’m packing and heading out to CO.for a week or two,African hot here,around 100,my dogs were pointing at the pics,and snarling at me,think they want cooler mt.weather also.
Well it’s supposed to hit 85 here tomorrow, Randy, but I bet that’s a comfortable temp compared to what you’ve been dealing with.
Hopefully it cools off a bit or even rains before HR. Crossing fingers.
Ted, good stuff!
I enjoyed my weekend on the other side of the Elks: a run from Marble on Saturday and up Copper Creek to East Maroon Pass from Crested Butte on Sunday. Everything was bone dry of course.
Nice job. That Copper Lake is sweet, don’t you think? We only see it from afar unfortunately, if we hit E. Maroon to Triangle.
I bet Marble was pretty too. See you at SJS50.