|Peak:||Mt. Silverheels (13er)|
|Date of Information:||05/26/2011|
Below treeline was patchy snow--the sort where you'll be forced to put on snowshoes one minute, then be forced to remove them the next! Snow was never more than a few feet deep, and the relatively treeless areas had lots of bare ground...the descent into the creek was consistently snowy, but not really steep enough for a decent glissade. I'm unsure if the creek has running water under the snow, but I walked across it (and did so again later in the day when things had warmed up) without using snowshoes and didn't posthole there at all. Snowshoes can be ditched just past the creek, with the remaining terrain to the summit largely bare ground or fairly minimal snow that can be barebooted and doesn't require an ice axe. Probably one of the least snowy, most accessible, and least-avalanche-prone peaks in the area right now.