|Date of Info:||06/02/2019|
Reached the summit of Lackawanna via the SW Gully off of Hwy. 82. As of this posting, the route can now be called "Lackasnowadownbelowa".
From Hwy. 82 you can hike up to the choke of the gully by either avoiding the very large avalanche debris field OR hike up the avalanche debris field up into the gully. As of yesterday, the line of continuous snow in the gully started at 11,700', so you are looking at ~1,300' of hiking before you get to the snow. I used crampons and ice axe from 11,700' all the way up to the summit. Snow was firm and no issues of post-holing going up into the basin (~8:00 a.m.). The snowboard ride down from the summit to 11,700' was straightforward. Snow softened up nicely with the sun (~10:30 a.m.). No wet slabs or roller balls encountered during the ride down. The stream in the gully is flowing strongly.
Images: 1.) Casco from the summit. 2.) Independence Pass from the summit. 3.) La Plata from the summit. 4.) The snow coverage in the upper basin.
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