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 Peak:  Handies Peak (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Slopes
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  zdero1
 Date of Information:  05/12/2012
 Date Posted:  05/12/2012
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Hiked up Handies from American Basin and had to break trail on the standard route, which I found difficult to stay on. Id say at least 80% of the route is covered in snow, with the majority of the snow free sections above the saddle. Traversed several snowfields with steep drops below but thankfully it was a nice sunny morning and the snow was just the right consistency to hike on it without slipping or postholing. Traction would have been appreciated but certainly not necessary. Plenty of new snow in the basin but didnt bother putting on snowshoes on the descent despite postholing about 15 times. Rapid melt off occuring Ill bet this route looks dramatically different in the coming week. Cinnamon pass is free of snow with a few puddles here and there. Didnt feel comfortable taking my Forester across the stream to the upper TH as the drop into the stream appears incredibly steep. I did see another 4wd at the upper TH. Please feel free to ask any questions it would be my pleasure to help out!


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