Mt. Edwards  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-14, By: CaptCO
Info: No snow gear needed, flurries on my descent. 3-4hr RT 7.5mi 2,800' 
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Route: South East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: dleflar
Info: The trail from the lower parking lot (Argentine Pass TH) to the ridge saddle had sporadic snow in sections but didn't require microspikes to deal with. The trail from the saddle to the summit had remnants of snow from the previous weekday storm but were easily avoided. Mostly dry on summit, snow still hanging on north edge of ridge line 
 
Route: Edwards + McClellan: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-12, By: Corey17
Info: Just Edwards today. Only mild snow from the Labor Day dump! Some drifts up high, and the gully is holding a decent amount. Thin layer of ice in the early AM. Spikes helpful, not required. Definitely doable, but chilly with shallow snow conditions. There were a few trapdoors up top, but all very avoidable. The gully was prime for glissading this morning! Most snow will probably melt quickly 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-27, By: JakeByk
Info: Straightforward climb -- beautiful, secluded valley. Go here to get away from people. Interesting Class 2+ route up Grays from Edwards, nearly made it if not for the hail. Highly recommend. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-23, By: tcphoto87
Info: Aside from the haze, perfect conditions. The road to Argentine Pass TH is fine for any standard crossover to get up, but past the mine it gets a bit more rocky. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-19, By: durkan
Info: Completely dry from Argentine Pass parking lot at Peru Creek up to Argentine Pass and the summit. Clocked 7.50 miles round trip. No goats... 
 
Route: Leavenworth Ck.-Argentine-McClellan-Edwards-Grays
Posted On: 2020-07-10, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Snow is avoidable if you stick to ridges (by going Edwards' summit to McClellan instead of trying to hug the line to the saddle like we did), though staying near or below it is good for filtering water - that ridgeline is long and dry. Ridge between Edwards and Grays looks gnarlier than it actually is. There are a couple of super-easy Class 3 moves along the way, but they're low consequence and require minimal thought. I bailed after Grays, as three thirteeners and the highest fourteener in the Front Range were enough for me for one day, but my buddy went on to Torreys. There is snow going down to the saddle from Grays, but he says it's well-trenched with tracks going all the way to the rock in parts. If you shuttle this route the way we did by stashing bikes along Stevens Gulch, note that biking down to Georgetown in the dark kinda sucks...the frontage road is great through Silver Plume, then you have to essentially ride on the highway shoulder most of the remaining route. There's enough separation from I-70 that you'll be safe from traffic, but oncoming headlights make it hard to figure out where the bike path is. 
 
Route: Edwards + McClellan: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-29, By: Brittanyjomad
Info: Few snow fields going up that could be easily avoided on both the ascent and descent. No snow at the top of the peaks. No real 'defined' trail going up the valley up to the first peak, but we followed the stream and were easily able to see the ridge we needed to get to. We did end up going too far to the left and ended up off the trail map, but were easily able to walk the ridge to Edwards. Went on Saturday 6/27 and saw no one on this route. Garmin clocked 4.81 miles (due to going off route), 3 hours 45 minutes total time out (including stopping at both summits for pictures), 2.450 feet of elevation gain. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-29, By: JacerJack
Info: One short (~30 yard) snow crossing with decent steps kicked in; full summer conditions other than that. We were able to cross in trail runners without traction, but it might not be a bad idea to bring the microspikes along just for peace of mind, especially if crossing in the early morning. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: Danger_D
Info: The snow this week is still sticking around. A few small snowfields below 13k, all with good steps in place. Above 13k its more snow than not, but its only an inch or two and has a good bootpack/trench in place. No traction required, but poles helped. 
 
Route: Edwards + McClellan: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-14, By: TheseThousandHills
Info: as per the previous report, and great glissade currently 
 
Route: Edwards + McClellan: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: nmedica
Info: Hiked the East Slopes of Edwards and McClellan. The jeep trail was clear to the upper parking area. There are still a few steeper snowfields that had some stiffer permafrost, but they can be avoided by hiking on the talus. 
 
Route: Naylor Lake TH
Posted On: 2019-11-09, By: dwoodward13
Info: Trench is in fantastic condition up to Silver Dollar Lake. Decent condition up to Murray Lake. From Murray Lake I contoured NE to the obvious gully to reach the next shelf up. From there its just pick your line to Wilcox. After Murray Lake there are only a few small sections of snow, otherwise dry tundra. I headed to Edwards via Argentine from Wilcox, then reversed back to the Naylor Lake TH. Ridge the whole way is 95% dry. Note it is an long ways from Argentine to Edwards, with tons of small little bumps, so be ready and have good weather. Flotation is way overkill. I was killing myself for bringing it. I never used traction, but some may want for some steeper gully crossings up to Silver Dollar Lake. Absolute perfect bluebird day in the high country! 
 
Route: From Argentine/argentine pass
Posted On: 2019-10-14, By: dcruz654
Info: Snow on about 60% of trail to the top of the pass (including a few short shin deep spots), sprinklings of snow from there along the ridge to the summit. Didn't use/traction, in fact the snow was actually really nice to jog down at about 3pm on my way down. But that won't be the case as the snow packs down. 1:15 to summit Argentine (took a direct line from the trail up a gulley to the summit) 0:55 over to Edwards 0:25 to Mclellan 1:20 back to the th About 5-10 mins on each summit for a total rt of 4:05. Moderate jogging on the downhills. IT'S STILL HIKING SEASON LADIES AND GENTS 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-15, By: angry
Info: Summer conditions. Well defined trail from parking lot all the way to the summit. 
 
Route: West Ridge from Grays Peak
Posted On: 2019-08-27, By: supranihilest
Info: There's a considerable amount of elevation loss and re-gain between Grays and Edwards. Most of the terrain is Class 2 or 2+ and is more solid and less steep on the ridge crest. The tradeoff is it's more exposed north into Stevens Gulch. Traversing the southern slopes of the ridge above Ruby Gulch is a lot more difficult than it would seem, so your best bet is to stay on the ridge crest itself, even if the scrambling is technically more difficult. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-19, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Bridge is in great shape over the first creek crossing.Trail is in great condition to the saddle between Argentine & Edwards. Edwards has great cairns and trail pretty much the entire way to the summit. One small (10 steps max) snow crossing or you could easily go around it. Small summit. No register. 
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Route: Edwards + McClellan: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-07-07, By: nedryarson
Info: Used microspikes for about 500ft in the gully below the ridges. You could've avoided snow on either side but it would've required a good amount of extra distance and loose terrain. Ended up gaining the ridge south of the Edwards summit (by mistake) but I think it ended up being easier than going up between Edwards and McClellan. Ridge walk over to McClellan was quick and snow wasn't an issue. Had a sloppy but fun glissade back down the gully. 
 
Route: Edwards + McClellan: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-06-29, By: cougar
Info: Most snow can be avoided except for a couple short stretches, rather soft. I followed a dry 'arm' to bypass most of the snowfield on the ascent. Decent glissading on the descent, snow was soft and suncupped. Summit is still coated in a thick cornice, which I postholed in. Carried spikes and axe but didn't use them, might be helpful in a couple spots. Ridge to Grays is still snowy with cornices. Ridge to Argentine is mostly dry, but Argentine's east face is holding a lot of snow, as is the road in spots. Did Mclellan also - mostly dry with some stretches of snow on the ridge. 
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Route: Edwards + McClellan: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-06-25, By: frigidridge
Info: Did mcclellan>edwards>Argentine from waldorf mine. 4wd road is clear of snow all the way to the mine, but the rest of Argentine pass is mostly buried in steep snow. Road is doable in a subaru outback, although a handful of small trenches across the road had me scraping underneath the front of the car. No major damage but higher clearence would have helped. Traction needed for climbing the snow gully all the way to Edwards, but Edwards > Argentine ridge can be done mostly snow-free. Descending the pass to the mine was a pain due to large steep snow over the road. A few glissades were done but crampons could be helpful for the initial ascent and descent. 
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