Peak:  Mt. Edwards (13er)
 Route:  Leavenworth Ck.-Argentine-McClellan-Edwards-Grays
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  HikesInGeologicTime
 Date of Info:  07/09/2020
 Date Posted:  07/10/2020
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Snow is avoidable if you stick to ridges (by going Edwards' summit to McClellan instead of trying to hug the line to the saddle like we did), though staying near or below it is good for filtering water - that ridgeline is long and dry.

Ridge between Edwards and Grays looks gnarlier than it actually is. There are a couple of super-easy Class 3 moves along the way, but they're low consequence and require minimal thought.

I bailed after Grays, as three thirteeners and the highest fourteener in the Front Range were enough for me for one day, but my buddy went on to Torreys. There is snow going down to the saddle from Grays, but he says it's well-trenched with tracks going all the way to the rock in parts.

If you shuttle this route the way we did by stashing bikes along Stevens Gulch, note that biking down to Georgetown in the dark kinda sucks...the frontage road is great through Silver Plume, then you have to essentially ride on the highway shoulder most of the remaining route. There's enough separation from I-70 that you'll be safe from traffic, but oncoming headlights make it hard to figure out where the bike path is.




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