|Peak:||Ypsilon Mountain (13er)|
|Date of Info:||07/06/2019|
There is still quite a bit of snow at the treeline, but the VERY industrious can avoid most of it. Be prepared for wet feet. Spikes and floatation will likelu add nothing, it's just slush. The upper trail of the Chapin slopes has some nasty, steep, razor-sharp snow on a 50-100 yard patch directly on trail. We avoided it by ascending to the Chapin ridge directly. The lower trail is swampy and has intermittent snow cover, but is probably the better choice for now. The ridges are in summer condition. Marmots are brazen and numerous. We saw 6 or 7 male elk about 40 feet off trail, without a care in the world.
Also, the road in remains closed until July 12th (I believe?) so add roughly 4 miles and 800 feet of elevation if starting from the Alpine Center.
Also, if you headed up in the immediate future, Chapin and Ypsilon need a new registry notebook (a pocked memo book is the largest that will fit), and Chiquita needs an entirely new container and log.
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