Mt. Lady Washington  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Martha’s Couloir
Posted On: 2020-03-08, By: angry
Info: Booted from ranger station. Crampons right before reaching the lake. Snow conditions in the coulior varied. Very little ice. Easy walk up the lower sections. Roped up for 3rd, 4th & 5th pitch. Used a couple nuts, slings and a cam at various points for belay. No ice screws. 
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Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2020-03-01, By: dolfh
Info: The trail is compacted to tree line. Wind-blasted above tree line. I went directly up the east side of MLW to avoid the wind. Encountered some snow on lower slopes to 30 degrees. 40 degree angled snow in patches higher up , but avoidable. A few sections of easy scrambling to gain the north ridge. Heavy winds at summit area. 
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Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2020-02-08, By: bangerth
Info: Following the storms of the last few days, there is a very large amount of blowing snow around. We broke the trail on the way up, and we broke it again on the way down. Up to around the creek crossing, one can make out where hikers and skiers had gone before, and so there is a reasonably well packed base under whatever new and loose snow has accumulated. Above the creek crossing, the snow is much deeper and no trails could be made out. It was a *lot* of work to break trail, and we quickly lost the regular trail and instead just went straight towards our objective. Find your own route through the deep drifts. It becomes better again above the treeline. The storm turned us around just after 11k today, but for the last few 100ft of elevation, the terrain is again pretty well windswept and we took off the snowshoes we had had on since the start. I suspect that it remains windswept all the way to the top, but the whiteout prevented us from seeing any glimpse of the mountain and I can't say for sure. 
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Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2020-02-02, By: trkl9
Info: As previous report indicated it is incredibly windblown above timberline on the Longs Peak trail. Summited without difficulty. Microspikes below tree line were helpful. Easy picking this weekend up there but it is always a constant battle with the wind. 
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Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2020-02-01, By: supranihilest
Info: Mostly dry due to Category 5 hurricane. 
 
Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2020-01-27, By: mbnat
Info: Took the north ridge from Granite Pass but turned around at about 12,800' due to winds that made it impossible to stand. Snow depth was only about 18-24" in the trees, and the trail was well packed so that microspikes were sufficient. Almost no snow above treeline, just some densely packed snow and ice fields in spots. Boots without any traction worked just fine above treeline. There was almost no snow on the ridge itself, but a few patches just in the lee (where we climbed to stay out of the worst of the wind). These were soft, so we avoided them. 
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Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2019-07-13, By: mah39
Info: Ascended the east slopes route from the trail junction near Chasm Lake, and descended the northwest slopes to the Longs Peak trail below the Boulderfield. Entire route is free of snow and ice, slopes of Mount Lady Washington are completely dry. The photo with the sign in the foreground shows the east slopes, the other photo is looking back up the northwest slopes. 
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Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2019-07-01, By: jfm3
Info: Longs Peak Trail is 99% snow-free. A few 10-foot drift crossings just below treeline. I crossed 2 snowfields in Jim's Grove- 1 could be avoided but the one below Granite Pass is wide. Used an ice axe but no foot traction (running shoes only). North slopes of MLW are completely dry, as are the east slopes. I also went up to Chasm Lake. Only snow on that trail is the usual drift above Peacock Pool. Axe was useful. A very flat shelf has been kicked/walked in so I didn't use the spikes. 
 
Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2019-06-01, By: cougar
Info: Still a ton of snow up around Longs. Below treeline the trail is bootpacked but snow starts about a mile or mile and a half in, firm in morning, a bit soft coming down. Spikes are helpful. Above treeline, what's normally windblown isn't - significant snow and easy to lose the trail in various spots, but there are boot tracks all over. MLW's normally windblown east ridge and slopes are covered in snow, it was essentially a snow climb, without a firm overnight freeze. I used an axe for aid, and spikes, crampons may have helped more, although those aren't absolutely necessary they were very helpful. I was actually able to glissade down the lower part with minimal exposed rock. This was my 5th summit of this route at the same time of year, and by far the most snow. The good thing is it made for a lot less talus hopping, as snow still covers a lot of the rocks, and a quick descent. Brief snow shower on summit that lasted maybe 5 minutes before blue skies reappeared. Also including photos of other routes around Longs, there was some recent avalanche activity at the base of Lambs Slide. Loft Couloir is chock full and has some tracks. 
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Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2019-05-05, By: alliesmith227
Info: On the way up the trail was well boot packed up until the junction for Chasm Lake. From the junction of Chasm Lake we followed another group's trail. The snow was firm enough in the morning to avoid needing flotation so we opted to stash our snowshoes about a third of the way up. On the way down however the snow was getting pretty sloppy and post-holey (ankle to knee deep) from the summit to the junction. From the junction back to the trailhead it was the usual spring mush snow, but flotation was not needed as long as we kept to the well boot packed part of the trail. We were able to manage the whole trip with just spikes and poles, though some may have found flotation helpful in the afternoon. 
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Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2019-04-25, By: HikerGuy
Info: Supportive boot track from parking lot to Chasm Junction. Did not use spikes or even gaiters on the ascent. Snow also supportive up the east ridge/face of MLW. Donned my gaiters for the descent, only used spikes from summit back to Chasm Junction. Leave the snowshoes at home. Another late start at 10am, summit at 12:45pm, back at car at 2:30pm. Beware of delays, Mon-Fri, for road work between Allenspark and Longs Peak Road. 5 to 15 minute waits for single lane traffic. 
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Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2019-04-21, By: Wildernessjane
Info: Did Martha's couloir on 4/20. Snow was generally stable but there were some soft spots. Center rock section had thin ice with minimal snow. Could bypass on the snow to the right and then either up the rock rib to the snow on the left or travel straight up a narrow snow/ice filled section (sorry no pics of this section). The crux section (see pic below) has much less ice than when I did it a few years ago the first week in June. I used a 13 cm ice screw and a small cam on the left side of the wall. This section wasn't hard but it was a bit awkward. Much of the rock had a thin layer of ice where I wanted to use it as a handhold. The crux was the only section we felt we needed to protect. Also, we did not use snowshoes at all. 
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Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2019-01-28, By: LSUExplorer03
Info: Nicely packed trail all the way up to tree line. Snowshoes were helpful for traction, but not required (microspikes would have been OK for 95% of the trail). The trail near treeline was a little difficult to follow as several tracks led in various directions. Just above treeline, I was able to locate the trail again and it was mostly windswept with mixed sections of packed snow. I took my snowshoes off at this point. The trail was consistent and mostly windswept up to the Chasm Junction. I took the East Ridge up Mt. Lady Washington. The lower 1/3 of the ridge was lightly snow covered with grass showing in a lot of spots and talus in others. The 2nd 1/3 of the ridge consisted of larger talus with snow in between -- this area was the most annoying as the snow unexpectedly collapsed at times in between boulders, and I sunk down to knee or thigh deep. The top 1/3 of the ridge was the steepest and contained very large boulders and snow in between. The boulders required difficult class 2 / easy class 3 scrambling. Some of them were slightly ice covered and dusted with snow, so this made things very slippery in spots. 
 
Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2019-01-11, By: Giant hills
Info: Dont know how accurate this will be now because of the storm. Packed snow to treeline easy to follow. Trail to junction has patchy snoweasy to follow. Little harder in the dark. Ridge to summit is dry minus some snow in between rocks. No flotation, no traction needed. Great sunrise! 
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Route: Camels couloir
Posted On: 2018-12-24, By: Giant hills
Info: Attempted camels couloir. From the trailhead to treeline snow in trees but packed down and no need for snow shoes. From treeline to chasm junction patchy snow drifts but mostly avoidable. From chasm junction to the lake we used axe and crampons. There's one slope on the ledges that require caution. Wind loaded from the day prior storm. From the lake to the base of camels we stayed to the right and boulder hopped Because the lake had huge snow drifts and didn't look like the ice was that thick. Not a good idea it was long and tedious and had to watch for massive trapdoors in the snow sometimes being 5-6ft deep in between the huge boulders. Got to the base of the couloir and the snow was super variable with in 10ft it was hollow,hard, sugary. The couloir was also getting snow loaded in it with super insane winds easly 60mph+ gusts at times making it a wind loaded funnel with the snow that fell the day before. With all those factors we called it. Crossed the lake on the way back and stayed to the outside of it and it was the way better option. Got back to the junction went up northeast ridge got 15min from summit,but had to turn around because of needing to be back for a Christmas I was already going to be late for lol. Ridge was easy and bone dry minus some snow in between rocks here and there. When we decided to turn around we sat on a rock real quick and had a swig of water. When we did a gust of wind came over the ridge and literaly lifted us off our asses and tossed us on the rocks next to us. Some of the craziest winds I've ever experienced up there and it was non stop all day long. Other than that great day, def. Going back to try that route in better conditions. 
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Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2018-10-22, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Trail to Chasm Lake junction is a mix of dirt, ice and consolidated snow. I used spikes here and there. Didn't use them on the ascent of Lady Washington - powdery non-consolidated snow filling in the boulders that is inches to feet deep. Some areas of post-holing required but most of the route I took was on exposed boulders and rocks, just check them beforehand. No axe needed, poles are helpful. Great peak, great views. 
 
Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2018-07-02, By: ksroqclimber
Info: Trail to junction is clear and free. From that point on it is a pick your path adventure. I chose a more direct route from junction sign up the east slope to the summit. Rock was solid and weather was great. 
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Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2018-04-03, By: nickle
Info: Route was packed from Longs Peak ranger station all the way to the scrubline. Snowshoes were helpful about 1/2 mile in the scrub trees before breaking out above treeline where it was wind scoured and frozen hard. The scramble from the Chasm lake trail junction to MLW had lots of exposed rock and was easy to travel. On the descent, warming temps made for a slushy trail below treeline, microspikes were helpful in some places but not required. 
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Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2017-09-09, By: emgordon
Info: Perfect conditions. Dry and light wind, sunny and warm. Ascended fairly direct from the junction and descended to Chasm Lake. 
 
Route: From Longs Peak ranger station
Posted On: 2017-07-23, By: flagship47
Info: All clear of snow to the summit of Mt Lady Washington. Took East Longs Peak trail to 11700 and went up NE part of mountain. Storm Peak traverse had a large snow field on the SE approach but looks like the NE part of the route was snow free. 
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