Peak:  Chipeta Mountain (13er)
 Route:  South Ridge from Marshall Pass
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  05/31/2020
 Date Posted:  05/31/2020
 Details

The CDT from the pass is quite wet and muddy. There are numerous snowbanks en route to the upper trailhead, all of which can be avoided. After the upper trailhead the snow becomes essentially impossible to avoid. There's at least a dozen if not more posthole-filled drifts still across the trail, and the snow is sopping wet. Dilemma: do you wear heavy waterproof boots in warm temperatures in which case your sweat will soak your feet, or do you wear lightweight footwear (i.e. trailrunners) and let the snow soak your feet? Eventually you'll enter a wide open area with a large talus field/grass slope to your right (east). This is the key to avoiding snow; go straight up it until you're on the ridge crest, then follow the now completely dry ridge to the summit. Return the way you came if you value your time, energy, and sanity, since descending too early back to the trail means snow.



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