Twin Peaks A  
Condition Updates  
Route: Ridge from Zapata
Posted On: 2021-03-22, By: bmcqueen
Info: Tornadoman put a moat in through the brutal snow in the trees to get this one to go for us yesterday. A moat is bigger and sloppier than a trench, with plenty of carnage visible. Took us over 5 hours to get to treeline, then we made reasonably quick work of the mostly windblown ridge up top. Spikes were nice for the upper peak on the way down as some of the snow up high was quite firm (unlike the mess in the trees). 
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Route: Ridge from Zapata
Posted On: 2021-02-07, By: angry
Info: Booted all the way to summit and back to th. Veered off the zapata trail fairly early. Did not use traction or flotation. Broke trail to treeline, which really does seem to go on forever. Snow depth/quality varied, the worst section between 11-12K (post-holing knee deep). From treeline to summit, combo sugar snow/ice over rock. Cornices along ridge easily avoidable. Another late start and bluebird day. Wind wasn't bad until last ~500ft. 
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Route: Zapata Lake/East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-24, By: HikerGuy
Info: Essentially summer conditions. Trail is dry from trailhead to lake. Some short, flat snow crossings as you hit the benches going up the east face, snow was supportive. Saddle not accessible due to steep snow bank running between summits. Upper approach to south summit is dry, then dry on the traverse to the main summit. We decided to descend directly from the main summit and there is some unavoidable postholing through a snowfield, but it's not that bad and is over quickly. Great views of the surrounding peaks from this perch! 
Route: Ridge From Zapata Trailhead
Posted On: 2020-01-24, By: WildWanderer
Info: Trenched from Zapata Trailhead to treeline in several feet of soft, sugary snow. I wore snowshoes trailhead to treeline and then switched to microspikes, but would have been more comfortable wearing snowshoes the entire time: I experienced a lot of postholing on the ridge above treeline. The entire route above treeline was full of snow 4-12 inches deep that was just a crust above rocks (a twisted ankle waiting to happen). The summit has a large and hollow cornice at the top: I wouldn't walk on it. I brought an ice axe but didn't need it. This 9 mile, 4600+ elevation gain hike was difficult to trench (to say the least, it took me 12 hours). I had to get creative when the drifts were over my head: if you're looking to summit this peak soon, do so before the next snow so you can poach my trench. 
Route: East Slopes from South Zapata Lake
Posted On: 2019-10-21, By: supranihilest
Info: The trail from Zapata Falls Recreation Area to South Zapata Lake is great. There's some deadfall but nothing terrible. Patchy snow starts at about 10,500' and continues until treeline where it's almost entirely melted out. From the lake turn west and behold the rest of your route; steep Class 2 slopes of mixed grass and talus. Angle southwest through cliff bands and gullies then once the slopes open up straight towards the summit. The entire route, if kept to the easier terrain, is dry enough that you don't need special footwear at this point except what will keep your feet warm in cold temperatures and brutal winds. 
Route: Zapata Falls
Posted On: 2019-06-10, By: RWinters
Info: From Zapata Falls TH the trail is free of snow for the first 3.5 miles. Snow is sporadic for a few hundred yards after that and then consistent in the basin and around the lakes. Temps dictate ease of travel as postholing starts to happen once the sun hits the slopes and it warms. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-05, By: sdkeil
Info: We started at the Zapata Falls TH and took the Zapata Lake trail up into the basin. Around 9500' Twin Peak A's north ridge is only about 20 vertical feet above you on the climbers right and this makes for a good jump off point from the main trail. We took the ridge all the way to the summit. There is some occasional bushwhacking, but nothing too serious and there are the occasional trail segments and random cairns. In general up is the way to go and the route is pretty straight forward. No significant snow until the last couple hundred feet, but nothing that couldn't be done is summer shoes. 
Route: Zapata Lake/East Slopes
Posted On: 2015-08-04, By: TravelingMatt
Info: From lower Zapata Lake it‘s Class 2 all the way mostly on grass and stable rock. From the lower lake at 11900‘, where the official trail ends, I did not go to the upper lake, but instead ascended directly west through a series of plateaus. Eventually I arrived in the upper basin at around 12800‘, above the upper lake, then went straight up (west) to the ridge between the two Twins. Ridge is only about 150‘ "deep" and it‘s easy to bag both Twins and go straight down from either one. 

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