Chipeta Mountain  
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Route: South Ridge from Marshall Pass
Posted On: 2020-06-23, By: MC.Ikema
Info: CDT/Colorado trail approach up to the Chipeta/Ouray saddle snow free and dry. South ridge from saddle to Chipeta snow free and dry as well. 
 
Route: South Ridge from Marshall Pass
Posted On: 2020-05-31, By: supranihilest
Info: The CDT from the pass is quite wet and muddy. There are numerous snowbanks en route to the upper trailhead, all of which can be avoided. After the upper trailhead the snow becomes essentially impossible to avoid. There's at least a dozen if not more posthole-filled drifts still across the trail, and the snow is sopping wet. Dilemma: do you wear heavy waterproof boots in warm temperatures in which case your sweat will soak your feet, or do you wear lightweight footwear (i.e. trailrunners) and let the snow soak your feet? Eventually you'll enter a wide open area with a large talus field/grass slope to your right (east). This is the key to avoiding snow; go straight up it until you're on the ridge crest, then follow the now completely dry ridge to the summit. Return the way you came if you value your time, energy, and sanity, since descending too early back to the trail means snow. 
 
Route: Modified CDT/CT
Posted On: 2020-05-30, By: mikemalick
Info: Already been up Mt Ouray so decided against that approach and instead opted for the CDT/CT trail and hang a hard right to head east up to the saddle and from there on to Chipeta. However, around 11,400' where the mine shows on the TOPO maps, the snow drifts across the trail started getting worse. Put on gaiters, but still decided to alter my route. Where the trail meets the "rock glacier" around 11,600', I decided to head up to the ridge from there. You could clearly see there was no snow and the way up seemed reasonable. From that point to the summit of Chipeta you do not have to touch any snow at all so the gaiters came off. Of course the snow on the CDT/CT was soft on the return. Gaiters came in handy again. Overall a very nice day, but had to hustle to stay ahead of the quickly building storms. Rain/hail started shortly after getting back to the pass. Pics 1/2 show some conditions past the mine. Pic 3 is leaving the trees and coming out to that clearing where the "rock glacier" is that I headed up. 4 is looking diagonally down towards the clearing I came up. 5 is on the ridge looking at the entire remaining route. 6 the final summit ridge and 7 summit shot looking to Mt Ouray with Antora in the background. 
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Route: from Mt Ouray
Posted On: 2019-07-01, By: Trotter
Info: If taking the ridge from Ouray, entirely in summer conditions. If taking the colorado trail from Marshal pass, about two dozen snow crossings, none dangerous, but need gaiters and/or waterproof boots if want to keep feet dry. 
 
Route: Marshall Pass
Posted On: 2019-06-10, By: RWinters
Info: The road to Marshall Pass is still blocked with snow about a mile from the pass. 2-4 feet of snow still exists from about 10,500 ft to treeline. Once above treeline and on the south ridge all the snow can be avoided mainly by staying just off the ridge. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2018-10-03, By: highcountryhiker
Info: Clear and dry from Marshall Pass along Colorado Trail to turnoff, then east to saddle south of Chipeta Mtn South. Also clear and dry along ridge over Chipeta Mtn South to summit of Chipeta Mtn. Aspen at their peak along the Marshall Pass road. These conditions will probably change due to the weather that is forecast for this coming week. 
 
Route: Via Marshall Pass
Posted On: 2018-05-20, By: dwoodward13
Info: Headed over to Chipeta after Ouray's West Ridge. It looks and a loonng ways over there and it indeed is. Good weather is paramount. Route is pretty easy to follow...just follow the ridge. There are sparse trail segments here and there but nothing official. What few snow patches there are, can easily be avoided. There is quite a bit of up and down with various points. Sometimes I tried to say below the points to save some vert but I'm not really sure it was worth it on semi-loose talus side hilling. On ridge crest, rock is pretty solid up until the last little bit to Chipeta. 
 
Route: South Ridge from Marshall Pass
Posted On: 2017-07-29, By: JasonKline
Info: Summer conditions. No appreciable snow. 

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