Mt. Edwards  
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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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Route: Edwards + McClellan: East Slopes
Posted On: 2019-06-15, By: ilikereds
Info: I didnt actually do McClellan. We started at Waldorf Mine and headed to Argentine pass and then up to the summit. Lots of snow in the area! Avoid willows to avoid the pain. Summit covered, had to use microspikes to safely make it to summit. Came down the valley between Edwards and McClellan. Lots of snow and was fairly firm, even in the noon sun. Started at 0630, summited at 1030 and back to TH at 1230. Will be at least a couple more weeks before most the snow is gone. 
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Route: North Couloir?
Posted On: 2019-04-28, By: Buddyboy27
Info: Drove a 4WD 4 ton truck with 33" snow tires (no chains) about 0.5 miles up Stevens Gulch Road before things got too deep. I think someone got 25' further than I did but turned around. Skinned easily all the way from the truck to the apron of Goatfinger. WINDY up there on Saturday but the north aspect provided amazing snow. 12" of freshies up in the couloir. I would say that the wind will change this, I am sure it will, but looks like there is a TON of snow in the forecast that will definitely make the snow conditions here irrelevant. Things got a bit hard-packed near the summit but great climbing conditions. A small amount of sugar along with a rocky exit near top out. Side stepped over rocks into entrance and near choke. Would be tricky to get this line perfectly clean. Ski-able from summit back to truck. Pictures show rough idea of snow coverage on Greys and Torreys. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2018-08-06, By: Thevirtualsherpa
Info: Beautiful day on Mt Edwards, minus the clouds that looked angry all day and some hail. My dog and I had the entire mountain to ourselves minus a handful of 4x4s on Argentine Pass. Trail is in great shape and provides an excellent alternative to the CF Grays and Torreys right next door. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2018-07-01, By: PBR Powered
Info: There is one strip (10yrds long) of snow left on the trail. Super fun mountain and the trail is well marked with cairns assuming you find the correct exit from the road at the very beginning of the trail. Took our party of two only 2 hours to reach the summit of Mt. Edwards from the closed gate. We summited at 8:40 as the wind began to pick up. It was also fun to wave over at the caravan of hikers on Greys and Torreys. We could have been back down in another 1.5 hrs but decided to hit Argentine too. Cheers. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2018-06-14, By: koeffling
Info: 95% snow free. A couple short snow fields to cross, one traversing the first gully which was pretty bulletproof in the morning (I dipped below it), and one crossing the second gully (which had a safe runout, wasn't necessary to avoid it). Hopefully I left some better steps in the snow. 
 
Route: Goatfinger
Posted On: 2018-05-17, By: Col_Forbin
Info: Choke is nearly melted out near the top of the couloir, will not be in for much longer if you plan to ski or ride it. Can provide pics if wanted. 
 
Route: west ridge
Posted On: 2017-09-30, By: wondering_hough
Info: We took the grays peak trail to the Edwards/Grays saddle. Snow is continuous starting at 12k feet. The ridge held snow and occasional wind loaded slabs (on the north side) but always had an easy option to find a safe passage on the south side of the ridge. Winter gear is definitely recommended. A party of two was climbing the lost rat couloir. 
 
Route: Edwards + McClellan: East Slopes
Posted On: 2017-07-13, By: B_2
Info: Leavenworth Creek 4wd Road up to the Waldorf mine is clear and in good shape! As mentioned in the route description, the first 0.5-1.0 mile of the road is tougher with high clearance being helpful. You will get a good representative look at the situation right at the start and judge if it's a good idea to try it. Snow is still present in the floor of the basin/gentle slopes. Willows and most of the snow are largely avoidable if you stay a bit north of the creek. 
 
Route: Edwards + McClellan: East Slopes
Posted On: 2017-07-02, By: cardgenius
Info: Going up the drainage there is a large snow field at the head wall. Not very steep and lots of sun cups so we climbed up with trekking poles and no traction. You can get to the grass once at the top as the snow field runs up the drainage quite a bit still. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-10, By: jbealer
Info: Leavenworth Creek road has snow pack in some area on the drive up. there is now snow on the route to Edwards and McClellan, soft and slippery in spots, poles helped a ton, did not put spikes on. Great sunny day on the 2-13ers 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-03, By: kayleenann8
Info: the route is snow free! very fun hike. I only saw two others hikers, who were exiting the trail right as I started. The CDT is a little hard to follow once on the ridge, but the cairns are very helpful! 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-15, By: awake
Info: Hiked Edwards + Grays from Argentine Pass. Conditions are great, and trail is easy to find up Edwards. Hike to Grays was great, but a bit loose. I would probably classify as a difficult class 2. There was one or two class easy 3 moves, but these could be easily avoided if so desired. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-06, By: summitkate
Info: Almost the whole trail is dry except for one patch of snow on the way up Argentine Pass. It was slick early in the morning, but softened on the way down. It is also possible to navigate around. Very windy conditions on Argentine Pass and parts of Argentine Peak and Mt. Edwards. Other than that, very fun and enjoyable hike. 
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Route: Edwards + McClellan: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-06-14, By: eskermo
Info: Climbed Edwards only via the East Slopes route from the Waldorf Mine. Snow began a couple hundred feet from the mine and we were able to skin on continuous snow until the basin at around 12,200'. A short jaunt around the willows put us back on skinnable snow until it ran out again around 13k. From there we booted directly up the dry and grassy slope to the summit. We were able to snowboard from perhaps 100' vertical below the summit down to near the car, and only had to unstrap and carry boards twice for just a couple minutes. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-06-29, By: C-Shepguy
Info: I got a Prius all the way to the closed gate at the top of Peru Creek Rd. So you can pretty much get anything up there if you go easy. Water flowing across the road in a few spots is only a couple inches deep. There is a nice brand new looking bridge right at the start of the trail to cross the stream. First 100 yards of trail is mud and water flowing over gravel. The rest of the trail is dry. You have to cross a couple small snowfields up high, but foot prints are stomped in pretty nicely and this snow should be gone soon anyway. Spikes or snowshoes would be totally overkill now. Give this trail a shot if you want similar distance, gain, location, and scenery to Grays Peak but without the people. I saw no one all day (except the little people on top of Grays). It‘s a cool trail. 
 
Route: Edwards + McClellan: East Slopes
Posted On: 2015-06-13, By: kwoolley
Info: Approached on Leavenworth Creek road, parked about 2 miles short of Waldorf mine site, road is very rough and partially snow covered in the trees a mile short of the mind for about 200 yards. There was an abandoned 4wd truck stuck in the snow 100 yards past my parking spot. The road near the mine is completely melted and clear. Probably clear to the mine by the weekend of the 13th. There had been a freeze down to about 11,000 feet, where I was parked. Hiked 2 miles up the road, put on skins at the mine, and skinned 1.5 miles up to the top of Edwards via the east slope on continuous snow cover. Left car at 7 AM, topped out at 9:30 AM. No wind and bluebird skies. Snow was corn down to about 12,000 feet, then a little slushy but supportable. Snow will not be continuous by weekend of 13th. One other set of tracks, a couple of days old, didn‘t see another person all day. Saw Mountain Goat and Coyote both near 12,500 feet. 
 
Route: Edwards + McClellan: East Slopes
Posted On: 2014-08-24, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Road to Waldorf Mine is extremely rough for the .25, then moderately rough for the next .75, and then just rough for the rest. I drove a 98 Jeep Wrangler up without problems, but I would be really hesitant to bring anythinng lower clearance. That said, if you can do the first quarter mile you are good. I did see a Subaru Outback at a camping spot beyond the .25 mark. Took me 50 min each way on the road. Parked at the mine, hiked S along the road that heads to Argentine Pass for .1 or .2 miles until I reached the brook, and hung a right essentially due west. Stuck to the gulley, and then the east shoulder of Edwards, almost a direct shot west from where I left the road. Bitter cold and very windy (but very sunny). Spent no time on the summit other than 1 picture and a register sign-in and headed out. 2.5 hrs RT, I was slow getting moving....have been in Europe for the last week and the lungs needed to get used to the elevation again. 
 
Route: ridge traverse from Grays
Posted On: 2013-06-22, By: Tory Wells
Info: Traversed the ridge from Grays. Only small patches of snow to cross along the ridge. Still quite a bit of snow on the summit of Edwards, which is great if you need more water. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2013-06-10, By: Nathan Hale
Info: I approached from the Waldorf Mine and then hiked up the Argentine Pass road and carried on up the ridge to the summit. The road to the mine was almost entirely clear, with a few snow banks that will probably be gone soon. As it was many ATVs made it up there and a few cars bolder than I made it as well (including some gentleman demonstrating some very unsafe shooting practices that shot in my direction). After the mine the road was mostly snow covered, but it was melting very quickly. I would guess that all of the road but the very last .10 mi will be walkable without stepping on snow by next weekend. The ridge was intermittent snow melting quickly in most places, and the summit was pretty deep snow that will be there for a while yet. 

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