Redcliff  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: supranihilest
Info: All travel surfaces are melted out enough for snow not to be a concern. Stay on the trail until you're under the large cliffs at the end of the basin, then take grass up towards the Coxcomb/Redcliff saddle. The lower part is grass mixed with rock, then it turns into talus, and as it nears the break in the cliffs near the saddle it turns into steep, loose rock and dirt. This is the worst part of the climb as the dirt offers almost no traction at all. From the flat area on the saddle the remaining route is obvious, just go up the south ridge on rock. There's a use trail through the upper half of it. You can connect Coxcomb from here by descending to the saddle and skirting around to the south side, but trying to connect the ridge to "Fortress" is probably not possible. 
 
Route: From Coxcomb
Posted On: 2020-07-06, By: angry
Info: Stashed packs at the saddle. Summer conditions. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-04, By: Flyingfish
Info: Wetterhorn Basin trail is dry until tree line with some patches of snow headed up toward Coxcomb. The climb up Redcliff is completely summer conditions. 
 
Route: Wetterhorn Basin T/H
Posted On: 2020-06-19, By: bdwyer
Info: Camped up West Fork rd. near the Courthouse Mtn. T/H in the Cimarrons 6/15 and tried for Redcliffe the next morning from Wetterhorn Basin T/H. Parked before the big stream crossing, but with 4WD could have crossed it; water not bad and road is in good shape. There is a big tree down, however, that blocks the road between the stream crossing and the T/H, prohibiting vehicles making it to the T/H. It is shortly before that last, good, campsite on the right before the T/H, so not far. Still snow on Wetterhorn Basin Trail through trees and a lot of deadfall, which added time to turnoff up to Redcliffe/Coxcomb saddle, but not bad enough that you lose the trail. A lot of snow higher in the basin up to the saddle. Got to 12,300, snow still hard as a rock, and decided I'd come back when snow is gone and I could do both peaks, as did not want to deal with the downclimb on the snow, even if it softened before descent. Went back, ate lunch and climbed Courthouse Mountain instead. No snow there. The snow up to the Pass leading into Wetterhorn Basin much more significant. 
 
Route: West Cimarron Creek
Posted On: 2017-08-16, By: TravelingMatt
Info: Don't be freaked out by Redcliff's proximity to Coxcomb; it's easy Class 2. Turnoff for West Cimarron road is about ½ mile east of Owl Creek Pass. The pass is 15 miles (signs are wrong) from US 550 just north of Ridgway. Road to TH (including creek crossing) was no problem in a Rav4, but last couple miles are rough. Several camping spots along road. Hike trail for some 1½ to 2 miles before turning east (left) to ascend open terrain towards Redcliff/Coxcomb col. Stay left at cliff bands up high, gain ridge and walk up to summit. A use trail exists up high but may not have the best footing. Ridge is also accessible from the east, via Middle Cimarron Creek, but would be longer and steeper, and was blocked by a cornice in mid-July. 

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