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Mt. Sopris conditions

Postby montysep » Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:55 pm

Considering heading up Mt Sopris tomorrow. Has anyone been up the regular route in the last week? How are conditions? Do you recommend snowshoes or other? Thanks.

Re: Mt. Sopris conditions

Postby AndYouSeeMe » Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:59 pm

9 days ago

http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=13117

I was up Cathedral yesterday but don't remember looking over at Sopris. All of the Elks have snow on them but it was only ever an issue in deep inset gullies that are shaded all day. In those spots the depth was between 5 inches and 3 feet.

I will check my pics later tonight to see if I have a shot of Sopris in the background.

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Re: Mt. Sopris conditions

Postby Eph 2 5 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:06 pm

I'm almost positive the attached picture is Mt. Sopris. I took the picture last Wed. (Halloween) from Twining Peak near Independence Pass. Good luck with the hike.
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Re: Mt. Sopris conditions

Postby montysep » Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:35 pm

Thanks for the feedback. Doesn't look like the snow will be as much of a factor as I anticipated.

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Re: Mt. Sopris conditions

Postby MuchosPixels » Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:32 am

montysep wrote:Thanks for the feedback. Doesn't look like the snow will be as much of a factor as I anticipated.


Most of Colorado is bone dry. There is VERY little snow. There is really no snowpack just a few inches of snow remaining above 11k FT on some aspects and some snow and ice in some nooks and crannies.

Its somewhat worrisome.

There is a storm coming this weekend but most likely it will be a dud with only 6in for most but it will be wicked cold and windy compared to how its been lately. Winds out of the SW should be serious starting friday.

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Re: Mt. Sopris conditions

Postby cheeseburglar » Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:31 pm

I got a nice look at Sopris from Basalt today. Still a little snow up there on the northern aspects.
A nice alternate route is to go directly up the ridge northeast of the summit and east of the Laundry Chutes. I got to it by turning right at the lower Thomas Lake. Some boulder hopping to get to the ridge, but once on the ridge it is pretty nice and you get a great look at the Laundry Chutes and the cliffs on the north face.
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Re: Mt. Sopris conditions

Postby montysep » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:42 pm

Again thanks for the feedback. Saw two other people on the trail today - hunters.

These ptarmigan? were among the day's highlights.

Enough snow on the trail from the lakes to the ridgeline to slow things. But not by much.

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