Buying Gear?  Click Here
Buying gear? Please use these links to help 14ers.com:

More info...

Other ways to help...
Kit Carson Peak  
Report
Click to Expand   
Route  Conditions Information  Posted By   Posted On    Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2014-10-17  South Colony Lakes approach  Climbed Kit Carson, Challenger, and Columbia from the south colony lakes side. There was minor snow along the entire route, with some areas with drifts ~2-3‘ deep. The avenue is full of snow, but its soft sugar snow that‘s easy to plunge step though. mtn_nut   2014-10-18  0       
2014-10-07  From Challenger Point  From Challenger Point I wouldn‘t have traversed had it not been for frozen-in footsteps. The first length is snow bound and crux, the second a bit less. +101RouteHog+   2014-10-08 2     Edit Delete 
2014-09-29  Any  Quote a bit of snow today. jdorje   2014-09-29  0       
2014-09-20  From Challenger Point  Perfect, dry conditions on Challenger and Kit Carson via Willow Creek. Fall color is near it‘s peak in this area! mlayman09   2014-09-21  0  1    Edit Delete 
2014-09-14  North Ridge  As of 9/14, there are no condition changes from capetrekker‘s report on 9/11. Just confirming excellent conditions on the North Ridge, the Avenue and the descent down Challenger Point. Very fun route to the summit! Not so much descending Challenger‘s north slope--we carried poles and were glad we had them coming down. Bob Kocher   2014-09-19  0     Edit Delete 
2014-09-11  North Ridge  Excellent conditions on the North Ridge, the Avenue, and the descent down Challenger Point. Climb this sublime ridge while the opportunity remains! capetrekker   2014-09-12 1  1    Edit Delete 
2014-09-07  Willow Creek Approach  Still summer conditions. I‘ve read on here that side skirting Challenger on the way back from Kit Carson can be a pain, but it really was not that bad. Just try to stay on the stable rocks (there are plenty) and you‘ll be fine. 4 LO   2014-09-08 6     Edit Delete 
2014-09-03  From Challenger Point  Summer conditions bdloftin77   2014-09-03  0  2    Edit Delete 
2014-07-26  From Challenger Point  The flying insects are still there but manageable with insect repellent. The route from above the lake to the saddle below (before) Challenger Point is loose dirt and loose small rocks. I agree with the previous condition report, that this made the route treacherous. Many found going off trail into the surrounding larger and more interlocked rocks safer but much more time consuming. There is snow on the mountain but none was encountered on the entire route to Challenger Point or up to Kit Carson Peak. Keelintime   2014-07-27  0     Edit Delete 
2014-07-14  From Challenger Point  Still lots of mosquitoes about... Esp. at TH and just before the lake. No camping spot is safe! The "Avenue" has two little patches of snow that are completely manageable. The way back down via Challenger standard route was treacherous; wet and loose. addrock528   2014-07-14  0     Edit Delete 
2014-07-04  From Challenger Point  Great conditions on the peaks, mosquitoes were awful by the lake and trailhead. Avenue still has some snow on the south side but only a very short section, no snow gear needed. marcstrawser   2014-07-04 3  1    Edit Delete 
2014-06-19  (any)  6/19 UPDATE: MOSQUITO ALERT. Bring protection or suffer. 5/22 : There has been an insane amount of snow over the last month; however, the ongoing daily dust storms certainly make it crappy in places, and probably particularly on west-facing slopes. 5/26 : Much new snow over the weekend, on top of the red-looking dust layer. 5/29 : Despite the dumping of the last weekend, 3 straight 80-degree days have resulted in the melting of almost all snow below 13k feet. Gibson and 12740, both of which had nearly full snow cover even before the weekend storm, are now nearly devoid of it. Many west-facing slopes still have good snow cover above ~13k feet, and north-facing slopes and gullies probably have good snow well below that. 6/5 : Heavy melting. Much snow still remains on the Avenue. See picture. 6/14 : Despite a couple minor snowfalls there has been extreme melting. Most peaks are snow-free to the summit, with snow in just a few gullies and the occasional small snowfield above 13k. However, the avenue still has significant visible snow and I would guess is 1-4 weeks from being "in". Also, be sure to check out the other conditions reports on the peak that have more precise information on specific routes: http://14ers.com/php14ers/peakstatus_peak.php?peakparm=23 jdorje   2014-05-22 2  6 1    
2014-06-17  From Challenger Point  Attempted KC from Challenger. Route was clear and mostly snow free to The Avenue. We were able to make it past the snow on the avenue to about halfway. At that point the rock becomes covered in this ice. I chopped a step in it, but slipping at that point was certain death. Since we didn‘t bring anything to protect the move, we turned back here. The area is probably passable on the snow higher up with crampons and an axe, we just didn‘t want to risk it. The rest of the avenue looked dry enough to be passable. Did not get a look at the other side but I heard word it was clear. The ice should become passable in 1-2 weeks without snow equipment. Not sure why the last photos aren‘t the right way up but you get the idea. LivingOnTheEdge   2014-06-18 8  4 2  Edit Delete 
2014-06-15  From Challenger Point  Longtime Lurker...here are the conditions and photos of the Kit Carson Avenue on Sunday 6/15;The initial (ledge) ramp sloping upward from the Challenger Point/Kit Carson saddle to the Kit Carson/Prow saddle is almost melted out along its entire edge. One section remains troublesome that is about 10 feet long with thick ice on it. On the continuing KC Avenue sloping downward & east there is still a lot of ice & snow. It is very deep in the areas sh own in Photo #8 and #9 of the Route Description. Eagle Eye   2014-06-17 5  3    Edit Delete 
2014-06-13  Outward Bound Couloir  Negligible snow until I reached the base of the couloir. The snow was mostly hard-pack on the way up with occasional soft areas. The upper portion of the couloir that remains in the shade was very hard-packed. The scramble from the top of the couloir to the summit was mostly dry with some rotten patches of snow but not too troubling. Left the summit at 8:30. The upper couloir was still hard. The snow became progressively soft after reaching the sunny areas. Upon reaching the bottom portions it was mostly thigh deep post holes. DynamicPursuits   2014-06-14 4     Edit Delete 
2014-03-30  Willow Creek Approach  Hike-able without floatation to the top of the headwall. OB and Kirk both in good condition. South face holding decent snow. Recommended après: http://blisscafecrestone.comBliss Cafe George James   2014-03-31 1     Edit Delete 
2013-10-10  (any)  10/10 : All non-gully snow had melted. However there was a ton today. Snow line down to 8000‘. 9/22-9/23 : Much snow: http://14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=41699&p=506054#p506054 9/19 : Snow last night (not much, melted off fast). 9/17 : No more snow, conditions look good. 9/15 : Some snow today. I only saw Challenger west face but it looked like a dusting. Peaks have only been visible briefly each day so it‘s hard to be certain but there was nothing (except the hail, still visible) on the 14th. 9/7 : Pictures here: http://14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=41475&p=502897#p502897. 9/2 : There was an absolute ton of hail on Challenger and Kit Carson on the 2nd or 3rd. This stuff doesn‘t appear to have melted yet. jdorje   2013-09-04  0  3      
2013-09-21  From Challenger Point  Small patch of snow on Avenue between Challenger-Kit Carson saddle and Prow (see photo). --bb--   2013-09-22 2     Edit Delete 
2013-08-18  Willow Creek Approach  The standard route to Challenger and Kit Carson is dry and completely free of snow and ice. The Avenue was fun! SilverLynx   2013-08-19  0     Edit Delete 
2013-08-11  North Ridge  The heavy rain and cold temps on Saturday night iced up much of the upper route. Pic 1 taken about 9:30 looking up the North Ridge shows the east (left) side dry and the right (west) shaded side holding a lot of snow and ice. Ascending the crest of the ridge I had to clean snow and ice out of the holds for my right hand and foot. Pic 2 taken about 9:45 is topping out a tower along the ridge with snow and ice visible at left (west). This was some of the scariest conditions I have ever encountered, it would have been impossible to downclimb. Pics 3 and 4, taken at 11:00 and 11:15 respectively, show snow and ice on the route between Kit Carson and Challenger. Brian Thomas   2013-08-12 4  4    Edit Delete 

Return to the main Peak Conditions page

© 2014 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.