Grizzly Peak D  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2020-07-31, By: mcklarry
Info: There will be many cars already there by 6:30 a.m. If you wait until later in the day, the parking area on both sides of the pass are full. So hike early means potential a bit colder to start, versus waiting to see if there is a parking space. Also good picture of where to turn right off the route to top of Point 12,915. This spur cuts down the elevation gain on the route to Cupid and Grizzly. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2020-06-12, By: VeraUndertow
Info: I climbed Torrey's and Gray's from Grizzly today and the climb to Grizzly was a breeze for most of it. Almost summer conditions everywhere and any snow I encountered was avoidable or solid enough to walk on with maybe only 1 or 2 post holes this whole route. Got into the lot at 5:30 am and there were 5 other cars before me, weather was great. Didn't need traction at all for the whole journey, took about 2 hours to summit Grizzly and got back to Grizzly at about 10:45am and back to my car at 12:05. I took the shortcut from Cupid back to Loveland pass to avoid regaining a bit of altitude and that trail was the most snow I had to cross the whole time, I'd recommend traction if you try to take this shortcut early while the snow is still solid. I was able to kick steps on the way back so it wasn't sketchy but if it was a hard freeze it might be a little more sketch. If you stick to the standard route you will be fine tho! Have fun 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2020-06-02, By: HarkNeal
Info: Trail is snow-free from the trailhead to Cupid and the top of Point 12936 to the summit of Grizzly. There are a handful of snowfields between Cupid and Point 12936. One is covering the spot where the trail descends off the ridge to avoid the rock outcropping below Cupid. We ended up descending into the rocks, then downclimbing on talus back to the trail. On our return the snowfield was fairly soft so we chose to boulder over the rock outcropping instead. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2020-05-29, By: JakeByk
Info: Route is easy to follow and no traction needed -- however, the large cornice coming off Cupid to Grizzly is collapsing. I recommend the scramble on the middle of the slope going to the base of Grizzly -- lots of fun chances for Class 3 on stable rock and avoids postholing on a cornice. Pretty mountain! PS: Route to Torreys goes. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2020-05-28, By: PikaSteve
Info: 95% of weekend snow melted from Loveland Pass to Cupid and Pt 12,936; 80% melted from Pt 12,936 to summit of Grizzly. No traction needed. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2020-05-26, By: joemcglinchy
Info: Road clear to trailhead. Trail up to initial saddle has a bit of snow but it is melting. Trail over to cupid dry, down cupid has a bit of snow but all avoidable and didn't need traction in the morning. Trail up to grizzly peak is free of snow. Not sure what the weekend snowstorm did to it, though. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2020-05-22, By: Catalyst
Info: Summer conditions or very near to them. Felt comfortable in trail running shoes with no additional traction. A few short snow crossings that were nearly melted or had a solid bootpack. Stayed to the right right on the ridge to Grizzly to avoid walking too near to the cornice. Started around 7 am and returned to car before 11. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2020-05-17, By: dustbunnymay
Info: Did a sunrise hike of Sniktau, Cupid, And Grizzly Peak D. Mostly summer conditions minus a few snow patches to cross, definitely want to do it earlier than later to ensure some nice snow pack. Got to trailhead 5:10 and made my up to the ridge just in time to see the sunrise. I headed up to Sniktau and made great time just with boots and poles. Headed back down to the ridge and caught Cupid no problem but put spikes on shortly after. (Used them for Grizzly and back to Cupid.) The first 2 were a piece of cake but gets a bit more difficult from there. Grizzly is straight up hill and has some loose rock but a very rewarding class 2 hike. Overall great hike with phenomenal views of surroundings 14ers, Loveland Pass, and beautiful sunrise. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2020-05-03, By: AlanjBarry107
Info: Great day out. Clear weather from 0550 to 1200. Constant wind and gusts at 25mph. Grizzly was steady at 30mph average. Wind scoured at the usual spots. Great big cornices in view but easily avoidable. 95% of the snow was stable without post-holing if you choose to walk off the rocks. No snowshoes required. Micro spikes useful but not necessary either. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2020-03-16, By: Thevirtualsherpa
Info: Windy day up on the pass. Packed snow from parking to ridge line. From ridge to cupid, mix of sugar and hard snow. Trail is very easy to follow. Cupid was very Windy and 0 options for wind blocking. From Cupid to Grizzly D, initial downclimb was mix of dry and sugar snow. Be sure to avoid a number of cornices that are hanging out in the standard eastern facing ridge points. There is one that is cracking pretty significantly, but very easy to avoid if you see it. From low point on ridge to Grizzly D is a mix of loose scree, hard snow, thin layers of ice and dry ground. Be sure to stay right to avoid massive cornices on the northern ridge of Grizzly D. Overall, a pretty mellow day on the mountain with the typical pain in the ass Loveland Pass winds. Gear: Spikes, wind proof clothing Optional: Hiking Poles, gaiters Not Necessary: Crampons, snowshoes, mountain ax On a separate note, it was INCREDIBLE to see how many people were flocking to Loveland pass to ski/board. If you are heading out, IMO a hike up to grizzly would not make sense or be very safe. The slopes are loaded with cornices and thin-ish snow. As always, feel free to reach out to me on IG for any questions/more info. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2020-02-02, By: daway8
Info: Route was largely wind blown. Didn't put on microspikes until final drop just before Grizzly but left them on for the return trip which made dropping back down to Loveland Pass quicker/easier. Lots of wind cornices on the leeward sides of the ridges but easily avoidable by sticking either to the ridge top or slightly to the windward side. Brought snowshoes but never took them off my pack (left the extra weight on so as not to get blown away!) 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2019-11-11, By: pthomps17
Info: Such a great November day. The ridge from the saddle short of Cupid all the way to Grizzly was almost completely wind-blown and dry. I was up here two weeks prior and there were deep snow drifts along the route to Cupid, so I was surprised to see such little snow. Was grateful to have my spikes in one section on the ridge where it got a bit more narrow and scrambling was involved. In retrospect I probably could have avoided that entire section, but I didn't know where the summer route was (this was my first time on this section of the route), so chose a class 2+ down-climb into sugary snow. It felt totally safe to me, but I realized it was avoidable once I finished that section and looked back. The final 800 or so vertical feet to the summit of Grizzly looks far more intimidating than it actually is, though I would imagine it could get treacherous later into the winter/early spring when it holds more snow and ice. On Saturday, though, there was hardly any snow on the final push up to Grizzly. Incredible views of Grays and Torreys and the A-Basin ski area. Summits of Cupid and Grizzly weren't windy at all, but every other section of this hike was very windy! 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2019-10-12, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Trail mostly dry with largely avoidable snow up to Cupid. Unconsolidated sugar up to a foot deep in places beyond that, mostly where the route dips east of the ridgeline + along steeper portions of the final pitch. Microspikes were helpful but not an absolute necessity; gaiters highly recommended. The final push up to Grizzly was the worst in terms of wind - I was glad I had my usual ski outfit, but short sections of the trail were a tad warm with it. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2019-07-15, By: thebeave7
Info: Through run/hike starting from Bakerville up G&T over to Grizzly. There's still a couple hundred feet of snow on the ridgeline between Torreys and Grizzly. We kicked solid steps in with just trail runners, no issues. Some that are less comfortable on snow may want microspikes. No snow on the North side descent toward Cupid until after the saddle, then a few small patches to cross that one may be able to navigate around pretty soon. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2019-07-05, By: beachrya
Info: Snow free for 99% of trail. The section of trail covered by snow was going down Cupid towards Grizzly and easily avoidable by scrambling rocks to the west. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2019-07-02, By: EMan
Info: Summary: 95%+ of the trail from Loveland Pass to Grizzly Peak (13427) is snow-free. Where the trail is covered in snow, it can be circumvented to the right (west) and snow is avoided entirely. Outbound: Descending from Cupid (13117), the south ridge trail has snow and rocks. These can be avoided by dropping down to the right (Cupid's west slopes). Inbound: Ascending Cupid, I took the partially snow-covered summer trail on the eastern slopes of Cupid. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2019-07-01, By: eecummings_
Info: Basically summer conditions now. There is still lots of snow/a few cornices to the left but you only realistically have to walk on snow twice to stay on the trail. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2019-06-10, By: ilikereds
Info: Access to TH super easy and no issues with parking at 0600. Getting to the top of the first hill (towards Sniktau Mt) was relatively easy with some snowy patches. Heading back down towards Cupid point was easy and started seeing some more snow once at that summit. Some deep snow that you will need to post hole to get past. Stay well to the right on the ascent to Grizzly Pk, as there are some big cornices that make it difficult to discern if you have a solid foundation under the snow. Summited at 0900 and made my way back. Started seeing snow melt on trek back and the snow was discernibly softer in places. Most the snow was clearly on the north and east faces! 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2019-06-06, By: pirates14
Info: Started at 430 am. From loveland pass, initial ascent was relatively free of snow up until halfway up. At this point, on and off snow becomes short and hard packed with occasional regions which would result in ankle deep posthole. The ridge was a mix, sometimes you were on a dry, clear trail, and at times the the snow was significant and engulfed everything. Early in the morning however, I still only needed microspikes. On the hump between Cupid and Grizzly, there is still a large cornice on your left as you begin descending this region (the hump). To the right is snow free so it should be easy to avoid. Final ascent to Grizzly a mix as well, nothing too bad. All of this will probably change soon as the weather is warming up. Summit at 7 am, and it was eerily still. Almost no wind. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2019-05-17, By: JeffR
Info: Since the previous condition report didn't really give any route conditions, I'll throw this out there. I was surprised at the amount of bare patches along the ridge, especially since there was a buttload more snow up here just a few weeks ago. Guess the warm weather has been doing its job well. Up to Cupid, the route was mostly bare. After that, it was mostly snow covered, although a lot can be avoided by angling to the west side of the ridge. The snow was mostly firm on the ascent and just slightly less so on the descent (probably due to the fairly overcast day and the freeze the night before). With one or both of those missing, I assume the travel would be much less friendly. Argh, can't add pics, for some reason. 
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