Grizzly Peak D  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2017-11-15, By: kingshimmers
Info: Trail is well-broken and starts through patchy snow, ice, and rock up from Loveland Pass to the ridge (photo #1). From there, the ridge is fairly patchy/bare until you reach Cupid. There is packed-down snow on the trail, but easy to walk on without traction. Past Cupid there are some sections with deeper snow, but still avoidable. Walking through the snow was easier though as it was less icy. The final push up to grizzly alternates between completely snow-free rock (solid and loose), mostly avoidable small ice patches, and avoidable snow sections (though again, generally easier to utilize these). Cornices are forming on the east side of the ridge. I used winter boots, but no poles or traction. It was slippery in spots, but there is too much exposed rock for traction devices to be of much use right now. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2017-10-30, By: nlipski
Info: Started hiking about 7:30am from the top of Loveland pass. As the hike progressed there was more snow, but most of the snow was a thin covering and the large, thicker patches were hard enough to walk on top of for the most part. I hiked the entire route in waterproof hiking boots (moab mids) with microspikes and trekking poles and I felt fine. I pulled out my mountaineering axe for a bit (mostly because I wanted to use it because I carried it) but I didn't really need it. This is my opinion and some people might want crampons in spots, but it was rocky enough that it would probably dull your crampons. The whole hike took about 5 hours with a 30ish minute stop for lunch on grizzly peak. Very windy for almost the entire hike and fairly limited visibility. Bring a map and compass as it is easy to get turned around in white out conditions. Any new snow fall would probably make some spots have a high risk of avalanches. Stay safe out there guys. Cheers! 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2017-07-20, By: thomkath
Info: Wow what a gorgeous trail! Perfect day hike from Denver. There was a nice, established trail all the way past cupid up to grizzly, and I'd say this hike is pretty dog friendly with minimal rocks-- I took my male boxer and he did fine. There's one part just after Cupid summit where the trail is supposed to go left, but some snow makes it hard to follow-- if you continue straight you'd end up going through a rough rock patch, so keep an eye out for that. Gorgeous views of Greys and Torreys from the top! Nice up and down at multiple points throughout the trail makes it a great workout. I had a beautiful blue sky, but the storm rolled in right around noon and it came in fast, so even with the 13ers I'd say get an early start when possible. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2017-04-15, By: cougar
Info: mix of snow and dry patches, about 50/50, from Cupid to Grizzly. Well boot-packed, firm snow. Microspikes helpful especially on steeper sections. Viewed similar conditions on ridge to Torreys. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2017-03-17, By: tcphoto87
Info: Hiked up over Cupid to Grizzly from Loveland Pass for a sunset hike. Microspikes aren't needed as the snow is only in small patches that can easily just be walked over/around if need be but could be helpful to bring just in case. Most of the trail was very dry with all the snow windblown off to the east sides. It was VERY windy on top of "Point 12,915" but after heading down and up Cupid the wind died down a lot for the remainder of the hike. All the way to Cupid was super easy, the ridge down and over the bump was a little tricky in spots. Once over the 'bump' on the ridge the climb up Grizzly was a lot steeper than it seemed to be made out to be. Lots of loose gravel and loose large rocks too that made it difficult to get up (and back down) but the views were worth it! 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2017-03-06, By: ajlavigne
Info: Route was close to 1/2 firm snow and 1/2 dry trail/rocks; not icy at all. We ended up ascending all the way from Loveland Pass, over Cupid, and to Grizzly without traction or flotation, but did put micros on for the descent and traverse to Sniktau - just left them on for a few scrambling moves along the ridge and where the route was dirt/rock. Even snow-covered, it's easy to follow the trails other than the rocky section south of Cupid and the last couple hundred feet of Grizzly; stay close to the ridge lines (but off cornices) and you can't go wrong. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2017-02-13, By: James13
Info: We hiked Grizzly, Sniktau and "Cupid". Thanks to the ladies on "Cupid" for the brownies and hot chocolate. We did not use snowshoes or traction. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2017-01-03, By: paigie_42
Info: Hiked Grizzly peak from Loveland pass. There was patchy snow/ice but it could be avoided. I brought spikes and snowshoes but didn't use them. Most of the route was wind blown clear of snow. The wind was really blowing!! 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2016-12-04, By: Marmot96
Info: Hiked this peak from Loveland Pass (also got "Cupid"), where the same conditions apply. There was little/no snow along the first portion of the trail and no navigation was necessary. After leaving Cupid and re-ascending the the high point before Grizzly, going on the West/right side of the point was easier than going over, but the snow wasn't deep enough to cover the rocks below so it was a slippery time. The final push up to Grizzy was very spotty, with some really deep snow and some rocks with only a dusting. The whole route was easy enough, and no snowshoes are necessary yet. Microspikes would help in some places but really aren't practical due to the amount of exposed rock in most places. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2016-10-03, By: denvermikey
Info: Basically snow free for now. Early summit had verglas on the ridge up to summit which made descending a tad bit more spicy. Don't really think traction is necessary however. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2016-06-12, By: JQDivide
Info: Didn't hike it.... Photo from today, 6-12. Trail from TH to Cupid was dry. A few skiers were headed to the Griz/Cup saddle to ski back down to the road. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2016-05-15, By: JeffR
Info: Typical conditions for mid-spring (bare ground mixed with patchy, wind-drifted snow), but snow is continuous and deeper than usual on route above Cupid. Grizzly N. ridge (direct) can be done mostly on rock with a few short snowfields or in 6-12"+ snow on normal route. Spikes/snowshoes/axe would be wasted weight. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2016-03-28, By: CreekRunner
Info: Starting from Loveland Pass, there is boot high snow. I didn't put on snowshoes/skis, but they may be useful if you don't want to deal with even the most minor sinking through. There is barely any snow from the junction point to Cupid, only in the usual final broad point before the summit. The remainder of the hike going down Cupid toward Grizzly is where microspikes are needed. This being my first time going from Cupid to Grizzly, I was a bit intimidated by the drop down the saddle and the illusion of Grizzly looking near vertical, and once at the most technical part of the hike, prior to the saddle, I decided to go west around the little spiky bit, not trying to test if the eastern way was a deep snow drift. Once at the saddle, it was smooth sailing to the top of Grizzly. The way back is a bit tiring, but thankfully the wind died down and transitioned from stinging snow-in-the-face cold to a pleasantly warm day. Summit vid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLKLRooppSQ&feature=youtu.be 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2015-11-24, By: willfoxley
Info: Very windy, snow blown conditions. Peak is haphazardly snowed on, with some areas barren and some with 3-4 foot drifts. Micro-spikes are not necessary but useful for decent. Wind is very strong and raw, be sure to cover your face well. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2015-06-23, By: Ericds84
Info: Climbed Grizzly Peak from Loveland Pass. Route was almost entirely dry, except for some snow on the rocky section of the downclimb from Cupid. Get an early start to keep from postholing. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2015-05-23, By: RambleOn34
Info: Attempted Grizzly this morning from Loveland Pass. Only made it to Point 12,915 before turning around after feeling my poles buzzing. Flotation would have been helpful, but not necessary. Sorry, no pics due to whiteout conditions. TONS of snow. 
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Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2015-05-04, By: codyjh1991
Info: Climbed Grizzly D from Loveland Pass this morning. It was pretty perfect, I was nervous about the weather because it was super cloudy so I didn‘t get much of the sunrise I planned for but as the hike went on the clouds made it all the more beautiful. Pretty perfect conditions for an easy day out there. The ridge was pretty wind blown so for 85% of the hike you could choose to stay on the rocks or hike on good, well packed snow. Went all the way to the last dip before starting the final climb up Grizzly in just boots, then put on spikes. I did have an axe as well because I chose to stay to the sides and climb up on snow, which I think was a good idea. No wind at all. Beware the monster cornices, but they‘re really easy to spot and avoid. Saw some slide evidence right under one of them. Grays and Torrey‘s looked beautiful. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2015-04-04, By: capetrekker
Info: Grizzly Peak is in beautiful early spring conditions at the moment. The first part of the route until Cupid, no spikes are needed. After Cupid, the route becomes more snow-covered as Grizzly approaches. The ridge is mainly wind blown snow with the rare posthole thrown into the equation. Spikes, gaiters, and poles are all highly recommended. Conditions are at their optimal point for this mountain. 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2015-03-08, By: Trotter
Info: Windy. Ridgeline is clear of snow for the most part. The snow that is up there is mostly hardpacked and we could go over it. Postholed a couple times. Final climb up the side of Grizzly is slippery, there is about an inch of snow mashed into the scree. Would recommend boot chains/microspikes. We hiked without gaitors but they could be useful. No need for snowshoes 
 
Route: Grizzly and Cupid from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2015-03-01, By: stevevets689
Info: Typical winter conditions. Did not need or use snowshoes or microspikes. There were only a couple spots of hard, windpacked snow and we were all able to kick our boots in enough for traction. The cornices are thinking about getting big, with one in particular just on the Grizzly side of "Cupid" that looked huge - stay away from them and the route is safe regardless of avalanche conditions. It was snowing on our way out, but it‘s been snowing a lot lately so I don‘t believe conditions will have changed much. I created GPS waypoints for the car, as well as the point on the Continental Divide that you first access from Loveland Pass. These were useful on our hike out when the storm moved in. 

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