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Grizzly/Sniktau Conditions?

Postby csmith » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:12 am

Anyone know recent conditions on Grizzly/Sniktau? Are snowshoes needed?

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Re: Grizzly/Sniktau Conditions?

Postby lurker » Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:00 am

If you are approaching from Loveland Pass, I've never needed snowshoes.
Micro-spikes maybe handy for the way up Griz, but the wind rips off most of the snow.
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Re: Grizzly/Sniktau Conditions?

Postby davebobk47 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:07 pm

Right now you don't really need snowshoes anywhere in Summit County :(
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Re: Grizzly/Sniktau Conditions?

Postby Hayden Fischer » Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:36 pm

You must be coming up from Texas or something!

Re: Grizzly/Sniktau Conditions?

Postby twhalm » Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:39 pm

Who wants to live in Texas?!

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Re: Grizzly/Sniktau Conditions?

Postby jmc5040 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:03 pm

Hiked up to Cupid last Monday from Loveland Pass which is on the route to Grizzly. I used mountaineering boots, but only because it was 5F with 30mph winds. Most of the snow had blown off of the ridge as of then.
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Re: Grizzly/Sniktau Conditions?

Postby FFLpilot » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:20 pm

You never need snowshoes on Grizzly or Sniktau. I did Sniktau and Cupid last week, and it was almost as dry as summer. The only real snow I found (other than the lee sides starting to form) was contouring along the trail between Pt. 12,915 and Cupid, back to the main ridgeline from the pass. Snow in the gullies was very firm and stable, not going anywhere.

Re: Grizzly/Sniktau Conditions?

Postby csmith » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:20 pm

Thanks for the info. And twhalm is one to talk, considering he lives in Michigan...

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Re: Grizzly/Sniktau Conditions?

Postby SolarAlex » Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:25 pm

went up cupid + grizzly today, just wore my trail runners and it was fine. the first hill is dry, the route to cupid is dry, and on the way to grizlly there are a few spots that you have to walk on snow but they are not steep or difficult...id probably say carry microspikes to be safe but its very dry.

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Re: Grizzly/Sniktau Conditions?

Postby TravelingMatt » Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:43 pm

I came down I-70 this morning. Everything on the east side of the Divide looks very, very dry. Quite the difference from the Summit County side.
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Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky,
Th' increasing prospects tire our wand'ring eyes,
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