Spread Eagle Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-10, By: cloudkicker
Info: Way less snow to contend with than what was reported in the last conditions report 8 days ago. That said, the bushwhack up to and down from the east ridge was pretty miserable even without the snow. Lots of deadfall to contend with. We tried finding the actual trail back to the creek on the way down but it kept breaking up, so the strugglebus of bushwhacking kept on. Entire east ridge route above treeline is dry. The traverse to Peak of the Clouds was 90% dry with the remaining snow being of little difficulty to cross. We took a look down at Megan Lake thinking we'd make it a loop but found a report on Alltrails from three days ago stating miserable waist high postholing the last 1/2 mile to the lake. Looking down at the lake and its head wall seemed to confirm what Alltrails said so we instead made it a long and arduous out and back. Garmin watch clocked 8.5 miles and 5500ft round trip FWIW. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-03, By: Reg0928
Info: Left the creek bed and headed up the ridge at around 9900ft. Lots of snow in the creek bed above that. I was able to avoid most of the snow on the way up to treeline, but it took a lot of backtracking and weaving in and out of the drifts. It took forever. No snow of any consequence above treeline. On the way down I just barged through the soft, wet snow drifts to avoid all the zig zagging I did on the way up. Drifts I went through were knee to thigh deep. The snow was soft and soaked so it was more like wading through drifts vs post holing. I didn't use flotation or traction all day 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2019-05-13, By: Dad Mike
Info: This was my 3rd time in the Sangres this year and each time there has been more snow than I've ever seen. Parked about 1/4 of a mile from the Gibson Creek TH at a roundabout. Used snowshoes from the car to the summit and back...never had a chance to take them off. There were 12 - 18 inches of fresh Colorado Concrete from the recent storm. This is the kind of snow you dream of as a kid...and the kind that gives you the shakes as a backcountry snowshoer. Took me 6 hours to go 3 1/2 miles to the summit and 2 hours to get down. It was exhausting, but totally worth it. The views of my favorite range were unbelievable. Get it while it's good. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2019-03-22, By: marziehK
Info: Snowshoes were essential as there was a recent snow and it was quite deep. We hiked up the first slope too early instead of traversing by the river and got stock in the dense forest and steep slope. Did not make it higher than the treeline. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2018-12-07, By: WildWanderer
Info: Renewed last week's trench, as it was almost completely covered in snow or gone due to recent snow. There were two of us on the mountain today postholing up to our knees and flattening down the trail, so there is a nice trench from the beginning of the trail to treeline that should last until the next round of snow. 0-3 feet of snow below treeline, 2-4 feet at treeline, windblown above treeline. I put on snowshoes and wore them the entire time, although that was probably overkill. They were only necessary 75% of the time below treeline. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2018-11-29, By: desertdog
Info: 1 to 3 feet + of snow the whole way. Once above tree line the ridge is mostly snow free. Snowshoes a must in the trees. 40 mph winds made it not so fun. It took us longer than I would ever admit in a public forum to break trail to tree line, so I hope someone uses our trench. 
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Route: From Lakes of the Clouds
Posted On: 2018-05-21, By: druid2112
Info: July conditions, hardly any snow anywhere. Strange absence of white (no snow), and green (willows still brown). Also, the beetle kill is as bad as I've ever seen. The entire valley is full of dead, horizontal trees. Also lends to the lack of green. Took Lake of the Clouds trail up and Swift Creek trail back down, both have a ton of blowdowns, all can be navigated around. Pics are 1)valley to east (Westcliffe) under a blanket of clouds 2)Lakes of the Clouds 3)west towards UN 13524 4)south towards socked-in Crestones 5) Spread Eagle Peak from uppermost Lake of the Clouds 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2018-02-04, By: Tornadoman
Info: Snowfall amounts of 3-6 inches in most spots below treeline with a few deeper drifts. Bare above treeline. Was glad that we left the snowshoes in the car. The snow was sugary in consistency and quite slick making the bushwhack annoying, but overall couldn't have asked for better conditions for February! 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2017-06-10, By: desertdog
Info: We hiked up the Gibson Creek drainage on a good trail. When the creek splits, we went up through the trees to the ridge. This was a bit of a slog and took us about an hour to reach the ridge. There is about 200 yards of snow right before tree line. Snowshoes not needed. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-23, By: JasonKline
Info: Snow-free summer conditions. Had a hard time finding the trail after the first stream crossing due to vegetation. Totally lost the trail at 10,600', so ascended the ridge there. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2013-06-04, By: doggler
Info: Took a different approach - Taylor Rd, bushwhacked north until I gained the East Ridge. No snow to speak of. In the Megan lake/Taylor Creek basin, though...that‘s a different story. Sparse TR can be found here: http://seanoday.blogspot.com/2013/06/spread-eagle.html 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2012-12-10, By: CarpeDM
Info: From Gibson Creek, the trail starts out pretty easy on dirt and packed snow. Not long into the hike, there is deadfall that caused us to get off-route for a while. Once we found the trail again, it was covered in ankle-deep, loose sugar snow. That was fine until the trail ended and we had to ascend the sugar through sometimes thick trees up to the ridge. Above treeline, there wasn't much snow. But our adventures leading up to this caused us to turn back at treeline. The Gibson Creek TH is accessible by any car. Photo1: Trail Photo2: Bushwhack Photo3: Ridge above treeline Photo4: Fast-moving clouds across the basin 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2012-10-16, By: d_baker
Info: Hiked Spread Eagle & Cloud Pk (UN 13,524') today via E ridge using Gibson Creek TH -- same route that can be found on 13ers.com. TH access = no issues. Some snow above treeline, but at this time I don't think gaitors or traction is necessary. From summit of Spread Eagle, we descended the S/SW ridge and traversed to UN 13,524' (a.k.a. Cloud Pk). Snow still not much of an issue with current conditions. Descended back to saddle between the aforementioned peaks and descended to the N from the saddle, down to Lake of the Clouds. Hiked out Lake of the Clouds trail back to TH. Question: Is Cloud Pk an official name? It's on my map like that, but on 13ers.com and TOPO! it is UN 13,524.' Photo 1: ascending E ridge of Spread Eagle Photo 2: connecting ridge to Cloud/UN 13,524‘ Photo 3: ascending ridge to Cloud/UN 13,524‘ Photo 4: descending to Lake of the Clouds 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2012-03-10, By: aaronmojica
Info: Took a buddy back up here to follow a trench put in by a group a week prior, with Spread Eagle and Cloud as our objectives. Left the truck .3 miles below TH at 4:20am. There was a dusting of new snow that progressively got deeper as we climbed. In the Gibson Creek drainage around 9000‘ there was 6" of fresh powder. Getting nervous about following multiple trenches in the bottom of a giant terrain trap we made the decision to leave the bottom and bushwacked straight up the North facing side to gain the East ridge. 4 brutal hours, 1000‘ later we gained the ridge to find that the snow was still 36-42" of faceted "sugar". 8 hours from the truck we found ourselves still in the trees at 11700‘ and determined that this was not an appropriate summit route. We stopped here, I dug a snow pit and ran the basic snowpack field tests on an East facing aspect, 30 degree slope and found the pack to be fairly stable (happy staying where it was). Compression tests produced no failures, same with shovel shear. The warm days, cold nights with a little wind could change this though. Overall it was an absolutely beautiful day with zero wind (a drastic change from 6 days prior). On the way down my buddy and I determined that we needed to get out of the Sangre 13ers, head up to some Sawatch or F.R. 14ers for a break, and to actually gain a summit. 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2011-06-05, By: IHikeLikeAGirl
Info: Left the Gibson Creek Trail shortly after 10K and landed on the ridge at ~10,800. Took the ridge proper to the summit. Spotty snow, all avoidable, no need for snowshoes or traction all the way up to Spread Eagle. Trail looked clear for quite aways, but decided to head up early anyway. 

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