Peak:  Savage Peak (13er)
 Route:  Savage Couloir
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  06/13/2020
 Date Posted:  06/13/2020
 Details

The road from the 2WD trailhead to the actual end of the road, which goes beyond the 4WD trailhead, has some large mud puddles on it. Past that the trail is part dry, part snowy, with snow cover increasing as one hikes until its basically all snow. The snow is in pretty meh shape overall. Plenty of postholing today. There's also an enormous and irritating avalanche debris field to cross. It's dry but the trail it covers is a disaster and requires plenty of scrambling over the logs. The upper approach wasn't too bad. The couloir itself is only in meh shape, I'd say. The snow quality is super variable, ranging from shin deep slush to soft corn to rock hard and icy. All of these can be found within several feet of each other. Be wary if it rains a lot this afternoon as that may soften things further. I descended the northeast ridge which had a snow down climb at the top, then was dry for a long way, then had another snow down climb/glissade to treeline. There were several small creek crossings back to the trail.


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 Comments or Questions
d_baker

summit photos to N?
06/14/2020 07:12
Feinsteener, do you have photos looking N, toward Holy Cross Ridge?


crowdsurf

Thanks
06/14/2020 13:35
Great report. I was thinking if trying this next week. Would snowshoes help? or is it that time of year where nothing really helps.


supranihilest

Holy Cross Ridge
06/16/2020 08:10
@Darin: PMed you.

@crowdsurf: Snowshoes probably wouldn't help that much. This time of year the best defense against poor snow is an early start.



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