Peak:  Bushnell Peak (13er)
 Route:  West Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  11/11/2019
 Date Posted:  11/12/2019

I parked at a multi-junction parking area near CR-57. The maze of roads to treeline is almost entirely dry. Once in the trees the snow begins and gets deeper as one ascends. I broke trail the vast majority of the way up the old road with snow being anywhere from supportive crust to ankle to knee deep sugar. Trail runners got me up and down Bushnell and Twin Sisters but waterproof/more appropriate footwear would have been better. Once above treeline the road comes to an end and the steep slog up the northern side of the west ridge began. There's ample snow on the northern aspects of most Sangre mountains, Bushnell included. At times I was practically crawling through sugar snow on top of talus. It did dry out the higher I went but was tedious. I "descended" via Twin Sister, so see the conditions report for that or descend the way you came up.

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