James Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Moffat Tunnel (East Portal)
Posted On: 2017-09-30, By: jrobie23
Info: It is going to be a little slick (early) after about a mile in. it was slushy this afternoon, so an overnight freeze will make it slick. we went to Roger's pass and started towards the section behind that nice knife-edge on your left, but it was 8 - 12" of snow. Just need snowshoes to continue past there. Temps were amazing but didn't have the footwear. 
 
Route: St Mary\'s
Posted On: 2017-07-08, By: soccern23ny
Info: The only snow is at the "glacier". Half of it can be avoided by a trail on the right hand side of glacier. At this point the snow field is not as steep and no traction or ice ax is needed. 
 
Route: St Mary\'s Glacier
Posted On: 2017-07-01, By: MC.Ikema
Info: A few small patches of snow on route, but they won't be around for long. Traction not needed (no one on route used traction). Have at it! 
 
Route: Superstar
Posted On: 2017-06-29, By: rousik
Info: Started 6:20, topped in ~1h10mins later. The snow was good and firm all the way to the top. Cornice was pretty much entirely gone and we were able to top out through the gap and did not have to climb any rock. Just below the exit there was not much snow left - it will be probably all melted out by now. 
 
Route: St Marys Glacier
Posted On: 2017-06-11, By: Alpine Guy
Info: went up yesterday with my dog, starting around 7am. The snow was almost firm but some patches of softer snow and I punched through a few times up to my waist, but never for more than a step or two. Once I got to James and the slope got steeper you could kick steps a full boot deep. Saw two climbers on Superstar(?) trying to pass the very large cornice at the top but I think they had to turn around (got a couple of crappy iphone photos if you read this). Plunge-stepped almost all the way from the summit back to the dirt on Jamaica flats - that was fun. Not quite firm or steep enough to glissade. There was some deep wallowing back down at the base of James (even my dog had some issues) but hey it kinda felt good to cool off. I would say a little over half, maybe even 2/3 of the trip is on snow and 90% of that is good to go w/o flotation. I found microspikes to be comfortable if not necessary. Everyone who didn't have gaiters wished they did. Definitely appreciated having ski poles. Oh yeah, the wind was 30-60mph the whole way up - don't forget a headband or earplugs. 
 
Route: Shooting Star
Posted On: 2017-06-09, By: gmarc
Info: Was a little worried about the warm temps, but decided to go for the couloir this morning. The snow up St. Mary's was super firm. Small, intermittent snowfields from the top of the "glacier" to the base of the couloirs, no flotation necessary. I started up the couloir about 6:30am, things were starting to soften up and I enjoyed a bit of post-holing down low on the apron. Shooting Star and Superstar are both in great condition still. There is a pretty large cornice hanging at the top of Superstar though, so be wary if you chose that route. There are some runnels going down both, and a little bit of rockfall was coming down shooting star, but everything was manageable. The snow was a bit sub-optimal on the way up, a little soft and slushy, but easy to kick steps. Looks like another freeze should be coming in a couple days so that should help. I just had one straight mountaineering axe and felt comfortable the whole time, but others may prefer two tools. It gets steep! Glissade off the summit and a couple plunge steps down St. Mary's puts you back at the trailhead in no time! Great to split kicking steps with Peter (?) and watch James (?) drop the couloir. Nice to meet you guys! 
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Route: St Mary\'s Glacier
Posted On: 2017-05-08, By: IHikeLikeAGirl
Info: Very warm day. By 10a snow was too wet to get in much of a glissade or self arrest. practice. Swapped between microspikes and snowshoes a few times. Still quite a bit of snow, but did not see a continuous line of snow between the glacier and the summit of James Pk for skiers/boarders, but could be wrong. 
 
Route: St. Mary\\\'s Glacier
Posted On: 2017-04-11, By: aislinnmcl
Info: Sunny bluebird day. Dealt with 40mph gusts around 7:30am up St. Mary's Glacier but the wind died almost completely after we were halfway across the tundra. Snowshoes are still a great idea and the snow is skiable once it softens up mid-morning. 
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Route: Mary\'s Glacier
Posted On: 2017-04-07, By: madadraw1
Info: Continuous snow from TH to summit, except for one short stretch I carried my skis. No biggie. 
 
Route: SE SLOPES
Posted On: 2017-02-12, By: dolfh
Info: The trail from parking lot to glacier is hardpacked. The glacier is windblasted. Slope angle around 20 degrees. The route up to the summit of James Peak is dry in many areas. The snow slopes do not require floatation. High winds with intermittent whiteouts during the morning. A large boulder pile west of the top of the glacier provides a useful landmark on the descent. 
 
Route: St Mary Glacier
Posted On: 2017-02-03, By: blainerblainer
Info: Hiked up skis to top of St Mary's Glacier, after that there was not enough snow to ski down, so we left skis and continued on to summit. Windy but warm temps made for an excellent day. Skiing started out with bad snow at top of Glacier, but got progressively better the closer to the trailhead. 
 
Route: Rogers Pass Route
Posted On: 2016-07-05, By: hberry
Info: A few small snow areas to cross that do not require any traction, sneakers are fine. Rollins pass is in decent shape, saw a few passenger cars at the trailhead but is slow going for a lower clearance vehicle. 
 
Route: St. Mary's Glacier / standard route
Posted On: 2016-06-25, By: LarryM
Info: Snow free except for two short, easily avoidable sections, and of course the glacier. 
 
Route: SE from Fall River rd trailhead
Posted On: 2016-06-22, By: ronbco
Info: Trail is 95% Clear of snow. Not even that wet. 
 
Route: St Mary's Glacier
Posted On: 2016-06-12, By: WillRobnett
Info: About half the route has snow coverage for skiing/snowboarding. Glissades are maybe 1/4 of the route. Pretty good 1000+ feet up from the summit though it's clear of snow on climber's right after the false summit. Coverage is probably 600 feet or so on the glacier. The flats below 12,000 are soaked.. 
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Route: St Marys Glacier
Posted On: 2016-06-05, By: Paula
Info: Started at 6am with reasonably firm snow, finished at 2pm with a soupy mess on the glacier. About 50/50 mud and snow on the flat part after the glacier. Spikes were helpful, one group had snowshoes that were probably helpful in a few places, but we did fine without. 
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Route: St. Mary's Glacier/Kingston Peak
Posted On: 2016-05-23, By: jaymz
Info: Skirted up the climber's right side of the glacier, along the south slopes of Kingston up to Jamaica flats. Snow was rock hard until about 9:30am, and then it started softening up quick. Spotty snow on Kingston, but it looked like continuous snow to James. Descending the glacier, would have needed floatation within another hour or two. Still quite a bit of snow from the TH to the lake - probably 80-90% coverage on the trail proper; microspikes would have been helpful, but not necessary. 
 
Route: Saint Mary's Glacier
Posted On: 2016-05-21, By: appleseeds
Info: There is still continuous snow to the summit from the bottom of the glacier, but it softened up pretty early (by 9). Flotation recommended. 
 
Route: Shooting Star Couloir
Posted On: 2016-05-03, By: AndyJB444
Info: Lots of snow on and around James Peak, and plenty of coverage across jamaica flats. Currently, a pretty nasty crust on most/all aspects this morning making for some spicy skiing. Some wind transport going on as well. Flotation recommended. 
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Route: From St. Mary's Trailhead
Posted On: 2016-04-10, By: braydn75
Info: Summited James Peak from the St. Mary's Trailhead. Snow conditions started out nasty and hard going up the glacier, spikes very beneficial but not required. Hike through the flats and put on snowshoes as we started the climb up the south/east slopes. Things got a little tricky as conditions worsened and visibility dropped to about 25-30 yards. Worked our way to the east ridge and made the summit right at noon, visibility was about 30 feet at the summit. 5 minutes after starting our descent everything cleared up and the sun came out. Would have been a much different hike with good visibility and being able to see the peak on the way up. Snow really started to soften as the sun was out. 
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