Columbine Lake trail (#509)Posted On:
2019-07-02, By: BobbyFinnInfo:
Trail is mostly snow free until just below tree-line. Then you'll probably lose it. Just follow the creek into the basin. From there it's mostly snow. We used snow shoes almost immediately on the ascent due to some small, but annoying postholes. On the way out, we mostly glissaded and plunge stepped. We used crampons on some higher angle slopes.
The snow was mostly supportive at 11/11:30 am on the way out.
The road is clear to the trail head. Very easy 4WD - the only challenge for a 2WD might be some steeper loose spots.
Both pics are from the summit looking into the upper approach basin.