Peak:  Columbia Point (13er)
 Route:  Columbia and Obstruction from the East
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  angry
 Date of Info:  05/10/2020
 Date Posted:  05/11/2020

From Obstruction, mostly dry. One small snow patch on the backside of Kitty Kat that is unavoidable. Mosquitos are out in full force ! 16.5 miles rt, 5500ft gain.

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 Comments or Questions

05/12/2020 09:31
I've done these a couple times. Last summer I went past Columbia to Kit. Great.

Question did you do up to South Colony Lakes trail? If so, is there still a bunch of snow in the basin? Is there still snow on the Ellingwood Arete?

Thanks in advance!



Ellingwood Arete
05/12/2020 17:05
Hey Richard, funny you mention that. The arete is on my 2020 to-do list and I was just talking to a friend about doing the direct start later this month.
There is currently some snow on the ledges but I think that could make for a fun mixed climb. Yes, went up SLC and there is some snow in the basin but nothing that I felt warranted snowshoes. Some downed trees to navigate but the majority was dry, areas with snow are melting quick and turning into mud puddles.


Thank you
05/12/2020 18:52
Hey Rose, thanks for the Beta. Iâve been wanting to do the Arete for a couple years. I tried last summer but got blown off by the wind. Iâm hoping early to mid June. Maybe Iâll see you up there. Good luck! R


05/13/2020 08:35
Hey Rose,
Did you get any shots looking at the upper slopes of the western route to Adams? I suspect its pretty much all clear looking at how shockingly dry everything is already. Looking at heading down soon. Thanks!


05/13/2020 12:54
Unfortunately, no pics of Adams but yes, everything is pretty much dry above above treeline and what remains below is quickly melting. Enjoy!

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