Started hiking about 7:30am from the top of Loveland pass. As the hike progressed there was more snow, but most of the snow was a thin covering and the large, thicker patches were hard enough to walk on top of for the most part. I hiked the entire route in waterproof hiking boots (moab mids) with microspikes and trekking poles and I felt fine. I pulled out my mountaineering axe for a bit (mostly because I wanted to use it because I carried it) but I didn't really need it. This is my opinion and some people might want crampons in spots, but it was rocky enough that it would probably dull your crampons. The whole hike took about 5 hours with a 30ish minute stop for lunch on grizzly peak. Very windy for almost the entire hike and fairly limited visibility. Bring a map and compass as it is easy to get turned around in white out conditions. Any new snow fall would probably make some spots have a high risk of avalanches. Stay safe out there guys. Cheers!
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