Trinchera Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Northeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-10, By: Brian Thomas
Info: Summer conditions, what little snow remains can be easily avoided. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2020-01-28, By: SarahT
Info: FR 422 is passable w/ 4WD vehicle for 1 mile from CO-12. It's a long slog up the remainder of the road - I followed an old sled track for the first few miles before trailbreaking began in earnest. The standard NE/E slopes of Trinchera are loaded and show signs of natural avy activity so I avoided them. The N ridge is safely accessible and the ridge itself is straightforward with one fun, short 3rd class section near the top. The traverse to Leaning North & Leaning South Peaks from Trinchera is trivial. I descended east from the saddle between Trinchera and Leaning North via steep, wind-scoured scree and talus to connect back with FR 436. About 15mi/5000ft RT. 
 
Route: Northeast Slopes
Posted On: 2019-10-21, By: tdawg012
Info: Sugary 1ft drifts on top with 2"-3" on ridges. FR 436 (4wd) is hard packed and icy below treeline but didn't stop a few 4 wheelers and 1 jeep. 
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Route: Northeast Slopes
Posted On: 2019-08-06, By: IHikeLikeAGirl
Info: Snowfield mentioned in the previous report, is completely avoidable. No need for microspikes. 
 
Route: Northeast Slopes
Posted On: 2019-07-21, By: JasonKline
Info: Loop involving Purgatory Campground, Trinchera road, Trinchera to Maxwell traverse, and Maxwell ridge back to Purgatory Campground is almost entirely free of snow. Only had to cross one small snow field just below the summit of Trinchera, and microspikes/poles were more than sufficient. You can easily bypass the cornice on the Trinchera summit just to its north/hiker's right when ascending. It's probably easier to bypass the remaining snow on the ridge when traveling Maxwell->Trinchera than Trinchera->Maxwell, because the clear route is much more obvious going south to north. 
 
Route: Northeast Slopes
Posted On: 2019-05-05, By: WildWanderer
Info: Someone needs to ski this peak! (Not me, I know nothing about backcountry skiing, but the conditions today seemed perfect!!!). There's continuous snow from the summit to Blue Lakes Campground, but at a minimum there's a clear path from the summit to 11,500'. It didn't look like anyone had been out here in months, which is a shame. Winter road closure in effect 2 miles from Blue Lakes Campground, adding 4 miles RT (10.5 miles total). The road has several feet of snow, and once past the campground that number doubles. I was able to hike in the morning without traction until Blue Lakes, then put on snowshoes for the rest of the hike. There's a very large cornice at the top of the summit, and I had to switch to crampons to get down (I was able to use snowshoes up, but they weren't practical on my way down). Ice axe was necessary to get up and down the cornice, especially the last 50 feet or so. Summit was windblown. I started at 4am and summited around 7:30am. The snow was very soft on my way down, warming up fast. I wouldn't have wanted to summit any later than I did. 
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Route: Northeast Slopes
Posted On: 2018-09-25, By: Trash_Panda
Info: zero snow. never seen that on here before. LOTS and LOTS of elk hunters camped out all the way up to timberline. 
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Route: NE Ridge
Posted On: 2018-05-14, By: JROSKA
Info: The remaining snow on the peak is almost completely avoidable. There is, however, one snow field around 12800 feet that must be crossed, which is about 150 feet from top to bottom. I did not use traction, but would have been more comfortable in this section with it. 
 
Route: N Ridge
Posted On: 2011-07-30, By: Monster5
Info: Road: Basic 4wd road from campground to treeline on fs 436. Moderate clearance recommended for water bars. One tree across road that we managed to nose out just enough to squeeze by. Road above treeline is rocky and sharp - good tires strongly recommended. Clear up to saddle. Took an f150 and only had a minor scrape on one of the first water bars. Route: The E Ridge is a dry tundra/easy talus walk. The N Ridge is the same but with a few more scramble options. I‘d say the N Ridge is more fun and direct, but the E Ridge is slightly longer with better views south. Very straight-forward, easy, and fast if you‘re looking for a quick altitude fix. The traverses to the nearby 12/13ers were all dry tundra/talus walks - unfortunately, the weather hit early today. 

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