Peak:  Peak 9 (13er)
 Route:  North Ridge from Copper
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  Chicago Transplant
 Date of Info:  07/04/2019
 Date Posted:  07/05/2019

Started at the Far East lot (Copper) and hiked the Colorado Trail. No significant snow below the Colorado Trail/Wheeler Trail split. The "K" chute avy debris is cleared, the "Y" chute is still full but there is a flagged path through it and its easy to follow without any log scrambling. A few short snow crossings below the split from old avys.
Put on gaiters at the split, the Wheeler trail crosses a creek on snow then enters the forest again and has some very deep drifts across the trail that I was postholing through between about 11,250 and 11,500. After maybe 10 minutes battling this section the trail aspect improves and the snow crossings get easy again. 2 short snow crossings above treeline, the trail goes all the way to the 8-9 saddle.
Dry ridge from here to the summit, 8 is dry too. One short easy scrambling section on the Peak 9 ridge crest between the false summit and true summit. Could by pass it on snow, but keep in mind that is a cornice if you do so.
Overall a pretty dry route except for that one short deeply drifted section of the Wheeler Trail. Descended from the 7-6 saddle and the Colorado Trail had no larger drifts like that.

Photo 1: "Y" Chute debris
Photo 2: Deep drifts on Wheeler Trail
Photo 3: Wheeler trail above treeline
Photo 4: Peak 9 overview (from 8)
Photo 5: Short scramble
Photo 6: Peak 8 overview (from 9)

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 Comments or Questions

Tenmile Traverse
07/05/2019 10:52
Thanks for the update! I see you have a trip report of the tenmile traverse about this time last year. I'm planning on doing the traverse next weekend (Sat 7/13). From what you saw yesterday, any thoughts on gear needed? I'm hoping to sneak by with trail runners and poles... (I know this is a much bigger snow year than last.) Thanks for the thoughts!


Chicago Transplant

07/05/2019 13:17
My thoughts are that most of the bypassing of the Dragon is on the west side of the ridge, which is the drier side of the range right now. I could not see anything that far north to judge snow conditions on any of the scrambly areas though.There may be some snow choked in a gully somewhere that may warrant traction/axe that if you didn't have it could leave you in a sketchy spot. Descending off the east side, which is the usual descent at the end of the traverse, may have some snow to contend with as well depending on your exit. The service road on Peak 10 you should be able to get way with just poles. There is some snow at the various switchbacks and then lower angle snow at the bottom of it, so trail runners may leave you with wet feet.

FYI- The TR from last year is not mine. I've done it in fall both times.

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