The Spider, actuallyPosted On:
2016-07-05, By: GroverInfo:
....uuuummmm, well actually, this a conditions report for The Spider and The Fly, as I have just returned from an outing in the Upper Piney River basin. I realize I am breaking the 1st rule of the Gore Range, which is: You do not talk about the Gore Range. But an update about The Spider is needed - it is such a great peak. I guess I will need to buy beers and pizza at Vendetta's to make amends with hardened Gore guardians like 'gore galore', 'd_baker' and 'jbchalk'. Sorry guys.
Reached the summit of The Spider from west side gullies in the upper basin. The trail AFTER the falls at the Lower Piney River (2.8 miles in) is in good shape, but it can be obscure at times. It reminded me of the Ruby Creek Approach for Pigeon Peak - downed trees, sometimes faint and obscure, low branches, no other humans around, etc. There is mud on the trail and several bogs/marshes to deal with all the way up into the upper basin. I highly suggest wearing gaiters. The west gully I used to climb up between The Spider and The Fly does have some snow to deal with. You could avoid it if you really wanted to, but I had microspikes so I used them to make quick work going up. The ridge between The Spider and The Fly is clear of snow.