Peak:  James Peak (13er)
 Route:  SE Slopes from St. Mary\'s Snowfield
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  durkan
 Date of Info:  11/14/2019
 Date Posted:  11/14/2019
 Details

Seemed right on 13er Thursday to go for James. Started later than usual at 8:30am. Summited by 11:00am. Back at car by 1:30pm. Includes all breaks.

Snow was avoidable in the "glacier" (snowfield) gulch by sticking on the north side of the gulch. There was a pretty prominent but loose path was there. Intermittent snowfields from top of the gulch to the SE slopes. From there, I followed the trail and cairns as much as possible to summit. Almost continuous snow on the trail from there to summit, but did not feel a need for traction. There were opportunities to glissade on the wind blown snow areas, and the gulch as well if you have a helmet and ice axe (there was ice in there so I decided to just hike down). All snow never went beyond the mid shin for me (when I did sink that is).

I left snowshoes, crampons, helmet, and gaiters behind. Only used microspikes between trailhead and St. Mary's Lake. Could have been more helpful the whole time, but I did not see a need. Not a soul seen until the return trip down at the lake.




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