Grizzly Peak D  
Condition Updates  
 
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. 
3
 
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. 
2
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2019-05-15, By: Scotty21
Info: There's a very large cornice about 30 feet long ready to break away from the saddle between both Cupid & Grizzly Peak D. Stay towards the right away from the cornice heading towards Grizzly Peak. 
7
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2019-05-04, By: dwoodward13
Info: A really nice trench being put in today up to PT 12,915 with all the people out. From PT 12,915 to Cupid there's nice mix of bare dirt and snow. From Cupid to Grizzly, mix of a dusting of snow to deeper drifts depending how close you get to the ridge proper. There is a nasty cornice that's about to go in this section, with a pretty cool fault line forming. I don't think it would be worth it to lug up snowshoes even if you got a late start or there was a weak freeze overnight (I brought them but never used, started at 445 am). I didn't feel the need for spikes until the way down Grizzly. Fantastic bluebird, windless day! 
5
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2019-05-03, By: WildWanderer
Info: Trail was well packed down up to point 12,915. Snowshoes weren't needed here, but I was glad to be wearing them. After Cupid there are several very large cornices that look ready to fall. Today snowshoes and an ice axe were necessary to summit Grizzly. 
11
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2019-04-20, By: mbnat
Info: Hiked Grizzly D from Loveland Pass on Saturday in good conditions. It was pretty much dry up to Cupid (there was snow, but it was either avoidable or easy to walk on in boots). Between Cupid and Grizzly, we were happy we had microspikes. We postholed a few times, but it wasn't worth lugging snowshoes all the way. There is a massive cornice on the ridge here too, and it looks like it is getting ready to collapse. We saw a big crack across it that was noticeably bigger on the way back. Spikes were useful up to the top of Grizzly, but by staying on the trail (which was visible for the most part) it was mixed rock and unconsolidated snow. The snow on north facing slopes was not consolidated at all above ~12,500'. Felt more like winter than spring. The south facing slopes were more solid in the morning and a pretty soft on the way back. The last part of the climb up Grizzly was easier than it looks from Cupid in my opinion. We saw lots of people skiing too and it looked like a great day out there! 
8
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2019-03-19, By: kingshimmers
Info: Not sure how helpful this is, but here'a a picture of the ridge from Loveland Pass to Grizzly, taken at a distance. 
2
 
Route: Grizzly Couloir
Posted On: 2018-06-04, By: randomboulder
Info: Couloir is filled in nicely from top to bottom. There's some chunky debris midway down, but otherwise it skied very well. We dropped in around 815am. 
4 2
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2018-06-04, By: Earthsurfer
Info: Open for hiking! Minimal snow on route / trail. Snow is almost gone on southern aspects, and lacks structure / strength on most northern aspects. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2018-05-27, By: bc10wjvt
Info: There is snow on the mountain, but as last report said, it's all avoidable. Otherwise just be smart on Grizzly summit descent and enjoy the views. I recommend getting there between 5-6 am to avoid crowding. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2018-05-26, By: awake
Info: A few small patches of snow, but not problematic at all. I had microspikes packed, but didn't use them at all. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2018-05-18, By: emroka
Info: Beautiful day. Most snow is avoidable at this point. The report from the 14th mentions the descent from UN 12900. I stayed east on the snow and didn't have any issues. Here is a cornice update: 
2 2
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2018-05-14, By: Ptglhs
Info: Trail is mostly summer conditions. The sketchy part was coming down UN 12900 before the final push up Grizzly. Go west around a spar on class 3 rock that's dry or go east on steep consolidated snow. I went up one way and down the other. In regards to a previous condition report that referenced the cornice breaking away from the connecting ridge: it's impressive! It looks like a bergschrund and is taking chunks of the mountain with it. There's another crack opening in the snow just east of where the foot prints are. Pics attached. Please stay on solid rock if you're gawking at this. 
4 3
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2018-04-29, By: supranihilest
Info: NOTE: We climbed Grizzly Peak D and "Cupid" one-way from Stevens Gulch to Loveland Pass but this report should cover everything you need to know. From the saddle between Torreys Peak and Grizzly Peak the entire south face of Grizzly is snow covered. This made for quick, easy progress up Grizzly. The summit ridge is easier than it looks, at max difficult class 2. The descent off Grizzly (and, if you were to start at Loveland Pass, the ascent) is quite winding and loose. This bears repeating: the rock ascending Grizzly from Loveland Pass is quite loose. Some of the trail was covered in ice with crunchy snow on top. This did not offer much traction. Once down to the saddle between Grizzly and "Cupid" you'll find far better trail conditions. There will still be snow but it is less steep and in better condition. The trail, where it is dry, is not anywhere near as loose as Grizzly. However, on the eastern side of "Cupid" there is a massive cornice that is pulling away from the mountain like a bergschrund. It is exceptionally obvious and you should stay well away from it. A considerable amount of the climbing between Grizzly and the Loveland Pass/Sniktau/"Cupid" junction is on snow which is still in good condition. From the junction down to the pass you'll encounter mostly dry ground with some snow intermittently. We did not attempt to go over to Sniktau and do not know the conditions of that peak. 
2
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2018-04-01, By: QuietBear
Info: Route is mixed rock, snow, and verglas. Snowshoes not required. Microspikes strongly recommended. The route between Cupid and Grizzly has a few ice and windpacked snow sections that would be best with real crampons. Hurricane force winds made the return trip less than pleasant. Beware. Cornices in some areas are *very* wide. Stay next to the exposed tundra if you want to eliminate the chance of plunging hips-deep on a cornice, or worse. 
1
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2018-03-18, By: stubert
Info: Very bare up there right now. Traction was appreciated but not necessary in the second half of the ascent. Floatation not even considered. Beauty of a day. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2018-01-06, By: LetsGoMets
Info: This will more than likely change soon but at the moment most of the route is dry. Carried spikes but never put them on. Normal winter winds blasting you for the duration. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2017-12-18, By: JonHandshake
Info: Not much snow for most of the trail, but some deep pockets here and there. Didn't need traction, but the ice axe came in handy. Gaiters would have been nice. Quite windy. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2017-12-09, By: calenning
Info: Nice Fall conditions. Route is still snow packed and wind blown for the majority of the trail. Micro spikes were used on the descent. There were a few snow drifts to cross but nothing too deep. We saw about 15 people out on the trail. 
5
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2017-11-19, By: Trotter
Info: Good route until cupid. An inch or two of snow, but wind packed and no problems. Past cupid though, snow gets much deeper. A few sections of knee high drifts, but too short to really need flotation yet. On the final climb up Grizzly peak, traction is recommended and almost getting necessary. About 2 inches of slippery snow mixed in with the dirt, some ice patches, lots of sliding. No ice axes needed, but saw plenty of people with them. Watch out for the cornices on the east side of ridge. 
1

Return to the main Peak Conditions page



© 2021 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.