Carbonate Mountain A  
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Route: Jennings Creek
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: montanahiker
Info: From the Carbonate-Tabeguache saddle: Steep and loose rock but it stays Class 2 the entire way. Stay just right of the ridge until you are about 2/3 of the way to the false summit and then gradually drift right where you'll pick up tundra to the top. 
 
Route: Little Browns
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: dwoodward13
Info: Loop up Little Browns, down Browns. Hit White->Cronin->Lo Carb->Cyclone->Carbonate. Full summer conditions. Descended Cyclone/Carb saddle. Glissade opportunity if you want, otherwise you can stick to rocks. There is a old mining road that will pretty painlessly lead you to the active 4x4 road to Browns Lake. It's visible on satellite views. 
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-23, By: WildWanderer
Info: Easily made my top 5 for worst scree/rubble conditions on ascent. Snow was avoidable from Trailhead to Summit. There's been an avalanche in the area around 11400' making for some fun route finding (might be from last year). 
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Route: SSE gorge
Posted On: 2019-07-25, By: Mark 13+14er hiker
Info: Road 240 closed just beyond Angel of Shavano Campground due to extensive avalanche debris just above 10,400 feet (this added nearly 8 miles round-trip and a little less than 1600 feet of elevation gain and loss to my ascent, compared to starting at "Cyclone Creek Trailhead"). Reportedly, it will be cleared by mid August. Lots of avalanche felled trees near the bottom of the SSE gorge, many of which appeared fresh, with fresh green leaves sprouting from felled aspen. Lots of deadfall in the areas of the old closed road/trail between the trailhead and base of the gorge. In the worst area, I advise bypassing uphill, I went downhill, strayed too far from the trail, and had some nasty bushwhacking to join the trail again. It seemed easy to stay on the trail on the way back down to County Road 240, making the descent of this area much easier and faster. The gorge has the usual steep scree and some talus. This was quite unstable above treeline on the side of the gorge. Several snowfields in the upper reaches of the gorge.These made for a quicker descent, but observe carefully on the way up. The largest snowfield had a large drop off at its lower end, so exit early if you go there soon. The snow was a nice consistency, moderately firm granular snow, perfect for walking with boots (no post-holing, and did not require kicking steps; I did use snow for a short segment of my ascent). On descent, I used long strides, sliding 6-12 inches extra with each step, using trekking poles with snow baskets to control my descent. It probably could be boot skied at this point, but I have a bad knee, and was alone… I had hoped to traverse to/ascend more peaks north of Carbonate, but the road closure and afternoon thunderstorms put an end to that possibility, despite an early start. 
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Route: Jennings Creek TH
Posted On: 2018-07-05, By: denvermikey
Info: Summer conditions of course. In fact this is my 4th time in this basin and it is the driest conditions I have seen by far. Follow the west ridge Tabeguache route to the 12,600' saddle. From here turn left and head up the ridge. This ridge is no joke. Class 2/2+ for sure with lots of loose rock. Not terribly difficult route finding - basically follow ridge proper or off to the right somewhat - but plenty of talus and scree to deal with. Summit is an easy walk off to right of top of ridge. Nice summit with great views. On the way down there were a few spots where we remarked, 'we came up this crap??' Also on the descent there are a couple 'short-cut' gullies off to the right that look tempting to try. I would not advise unless in full snow. Photo 1 point of view doesn't do the ridge justice. Looks pretty tame. Photo 2 gives an idea of the type of rock you deal with on a majority of this part of the ascent. I am not trying to scare anyone away from this great peak, just be prepared for what it really is. 
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Route: Cyclone Creek
Posted On: 2018-06-03, By: cudzoo1088
Info: Dry all the way up! Faint segments of trail above tree line. Road to Cyclone Creek is dry for the most part but it's a bumpy ride. The ridge to Tab looks to be prime too. 
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Route: South Ridge to Grizzly
Posted On: 2016-06-18, By: illusion7il
Info: All clear, however there is a large rut in the road (240) a quarter mile past the Angel of Shavano campground. This added an extra 4 miles each way...Minimal and mostly avoidable snow on the ridge run all the way to Grizzly. 

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