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2014-06-03  Northwest Ridge  TH 615AM Grizz summit 820AM car 1020AM. Fierce winds but otherwise a nice morning. Didn‘t need traction or gaiters on the few snow crossings that remain, however your results may vary depending on start time. a94buff   2014-06-03  0     Edit Delete 
2014-05-31  Northwest Ridge  The ridge has some massive cornices on the east side. There are still some areas where the snow is unavoidable and I postholed up to my thigh a few times, but overall was able to do well with just microspikes and an ice axe. If you go early in the day you can descend the summit via a shallow snowfield on the west slope instead of going down the steep scree. jsdratm   2014-05-31 3     Edit Delete 
2014-05-20  Northwest Ridge  Was up there today (Tuesday), TH 610AM Grizzly summit 815AM car 1030AM. There is still quite a few snow crossings, all were very firm even on the way back. I put my gaiters on for the return assuming things would have softened but had no postholing issues. I left my microspikes in the car and that was fine too; though I did have my poles with me and if I hadn‘t, then I would have had some issues coming down the south side of PT 13.117 as it was quite slick. If you don‘t have poles I‘d suggest spikes. Good conditions overall for shaking off the rust. Posted some beta pics for you crazy BCS folks. There‘s a lot of snow up there. a94buff   2014-05-20 4     Edit Delete 
2013-12-27  Northwest Ridge  Snow in some areas, most of it is hardpacked. Snowshoes were useless. Crampons were great help, especially on approaching to Grizzly‘s summit and back down to the saddle. Picture. Grizzly and Torreys Peak. AndesX   2013-12-27 1     Edit Delete 
2013-03-08  Northwest Ridge  Tonight/tomorrow‘s storm will probably render this info irrelevant, but for what it‘s worth: climbed Grizz today; was walking on dirt most of the time. There is some snow in parts but most is hardpack. I carried my microspikes and did find them useful on the final pitch, both up and down, as well as a couple other spots. I was glad to have my poles as well. Was blessed with a day of light breezes and steady sunshine. Edit: Have included a couple images now that I got them off my camera, including conditions on Torreys NW side. a94buff   2013-03-08 3     Edit Delete 
2012-12-04  Northwest Ridge  Just about all snow is avoidable...but the wind is not. With the exception of one brief section on the east side of Cupid, you will get raked by the wind the entire route. With the lack of snow, there is zero avy danger above the shortcut that bypasses the first bump on the ridge, so that reduces the elevation gain/mileage by a little bit. powhound   2012-12-04  0     Edit Delete 
2012-06-14  Northwest Ridge  Entire route is snow free dehrlich101   2012-06-14 1  2    Edit Delete 
2012-05-20  Northwest Ridge  Beautiful hiking conditions. We left the ice axes and spikes in the car. The last 200‘ to the summit was icy, the sun had not hit the rocks yet to melt off the frost. The trail is 70% snow free. IMO Summit video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHREc8t0wPE winmag4582001   2012-05-21 2     Edit Delete 
2012-05-15  Northwest Ridge  Loveland Pass to "Cupid" (13117) has intermittent fresh snow which should melt over the next couple of days. Cupid to Grizzly has firmer, deeper snow which is less avoidable and will persist for awhile longer. Best way south from Cupid to the first col is to the left (east) side of the ridge, which not may be intuitive. Entire route is still bootable. Grays and Torreys got a fair amount of snow from the last storm and will also take awhile to melt, probably at least past this coming weekend. TravelingMatt   2012-05-15  0     Edit Delete 
2012-04-08  Northwest Ridge  The climb to Grizzly Peak D from the Loveland TH is in great condition. My wife and I did not use trekking poles, microspikes, or gaiters and we were able to make it to the top rather comfortably. The only obstacles we encountered on this part of the trip (we headed to Torreys after this and that was a different story) was the high winds that kept pushing us around on the route to Grizzly‘s summit. The little snow you do encounter on the saddles can be easily avoided or hiked through for fun. rhinos00   2012-04-09  0     Edit Delete 
2011-12-10  Northwest Ridge  Pretty standard conditions for early winter. Not too many places where there is snow that is unavoidable. The last drop to the saddle before Grizzly was pretty well covered. The last pitch up Grizzly had quite a bit of soft snow where the trail kicks around to the west of the ridge proper. You can still avoid the class 2/3 rocks by dropping down on the east side, as shown is some of the pics. You can stay on rocks/grass. I appreciated my traction. emcee smith   2011-12-12 3     Edit Delete 
2011-01-15  Northwest Ridge  Climbed Grizzly from Loveland Pass yesterday, pretty typical conditions (snowshoes not necessary, yaks or microspikes could have come in handy on the last push up to the summit). Mostly scoured and windblown as always, variable weather from sunny, calm and 30-ish, to low 20‘s in the soup with winds up to 30+ mph. Our summit stay was mired in the clouds (but calm, luckily), though the winds increased all the way down. Great trip; if you want to see some pics of the conditions, there are some here: http://jeffwarnerphoto.blogspot.com/2011/01/2nd-annual-grizzly-pk-winter-ascent-el.html FFLpilot   2011-01-16  0     Edit Delete 

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