Wetterhorn Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-02-29, By: illusion7il
Info: Normal road closure in place just past the Nellie creek TH. There was an old snowmobile track to the Matterhorn TH road. The trenching became deep just 2 miles up the road. Lots of surface cracking in the suspect area around 11.5K breaking treeline. Snow was supportive above treeline. The crux pitch was mostly dry. 
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Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-02-03, By: JtheChemE
Info: Road only plowed to mile marker 5, previous CR incorrectly states 6. Strong snowmobile tracks on the road to matterhorn TH will remain even after this storm. After Matterhorn TH, not much will remain of the trench I set after this 2/3 storm. Take care on the steeps to break treeline, odd windloading present prior to the 2/3 system. Treeline to 13.2k a mix of windblown and deep plowing. The scrambling on the ridgeline was more difficult than expected, deep powder over breakable crust in the bypasses kept me ridge proper until the ramp. Ramp was mostly clear, but scramble after ramp a surprising mix of snow and ice given the aspect. ~20.5 miles as it stands right now. 
 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-01-21, By: pchernik
Info: Parked about 5-6 miles from Lake City, by Owl Gulch - road was good conditions, recommend snow tires. Good amount of snow till about 0.5 mile from the summit, past that flotation would be useful in places, but not absolutely necessary. We skinned up till about 1 mile from the summit, and decided that taking skis higher is not worth it. Wouldn't recommend doing the scramble in ski boots (we changed into mountaineering boots). Brought crampons but didn't use them. 
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Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-12, By: jchapell
Info: Summer conditions (though chilly) everywhere that counts. No frost/snow/ice on any class 3 spots. 
 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-30, By: tcphoto87
Info: Perfect day for it! Started at the upper trailhead around 530 and got back to the car at 12:30. Summer conditions on the trail the whole way. This is another one the pics look worse and it was way easier than it looks that was a nice surprise. It was a tad windy but not terrible. The final pitch wasn't as bad as I thought either. Hardest part of the hike was probably just route finding past the yellow dirt area but even then we found the way up pretty easily. #38 for me. Go get it while it's dry! 
 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-26, By: RWSchaffer
Info: Late summer conditions. There are a few small stream crossings that are icy in the early morning; otherwise the route is dry from trailhead to summit. 
 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-03, By: Lucas Pattie
Info: Great day to climb Wetterhorn today - still, sunny, warm. I guess the Labor Day crowd is largely gone. I saw like 4 people the entire route. Love the San Juans. -Lucas 
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Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-23, By: Gene L
Info: Made it to within a mile of the Matterhorn Creek trailhead in my friend's RAV4 before deciding to park on the side of the road. Probably could have made it all the way up, but it was real bumpy and we decided to walk. The standard trail up to Wetterhorn is in great shape with just a few patches of snow that were easily traversed without any special gear. 
 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-13, By: jahselassie
Info: Not much changed from the 8th. Still two snowfields, first is larger than the second. Did them both in trail runners but had equipment in case. 
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Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-08, By: larixpjm
Info: Still two patches of snow, one larger below the saddle and smaller at the SW ridge. No traction is needed to pass them. Besides, summer conditions. 
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Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-07, By: THuffman
Info: I was on the CFI crew over the weekend and we did get the avalanche debris cleared, although there is still considerable debris at the camping area just below the trailhead. There is room for a few tents, but it's tight. 
 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-04, By: kiwiliam
Info: Still small patches of snow to cross from boulder field up to yellow rock section of ridge. Colorado Fourteeners Initiative crew doing trail work this weekend. They said they would clear the avalanche-downed trees by the trailhead on Sunday 8/4 
 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-26, By: RGrimm518
Info: As other reports have said, some down trees and debris near the trailhead but easily passable. All water crossings were able to be made keeping dry feet. One large snowfield and 3-4 others that are very small. Remainder of trail is easy to follow and dry. Did not bring traction - it wouldn't be helpful anyways. Snow was soft on the way down but no postholing. Started at 4:10am (camped near the TH) caught a beautiful sunrise over Uncompahgre. Sooo many marmots on the way down loved seeing them! Lots of wildflowers in bloom too! 
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Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-22, By: Giant hills
Info: Summer conditions minus one short snowfield before gaining ridge and 2 tiny ones not worth mentioning in lower rock field. No traction used. 
 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-20, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Nothing really to add to the last condition report, which is spot on. Almost complete summer conditions, trail runners to the top. 
 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-20, By: cwilkening
Info: Wetterhorn is in great shape. There is one snowfield to go across gaining the ridge below the yellow dirt section, but if you don't want to cross it, it's very easy to go around. There are about 5 other snow “crossings” if you even want to call them crossing that are maybe 20-30 steps across each. The trailhead parking is limited due to avalanche debris and you will have to climb over some debris right at the gate but once you're past that, the trail is super easy to follow up to the class 3 portion. 
 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-17, By: Jajohnson11
Info: Summited with no traction. Microspikes might help on one snowfield to gain the ridge. Didn't use mine though. 
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Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-15, By: spanish_biology
Info: We didn't have any trouble driving into the Wetterhorn trailhead. The trail just past the trailhead has a ton of debris/fallen trees and snow from avalanche, however you can just go right over it and find the trail again. The peak has a lot of snow on it, but we were able to summit without using an ice axe/snow gear. Microspikes/gaiters would have been really nice, as we had to avoid a few snow fields that were difficult to cross in just hiking boots. However, with all the snow this season, this peak is in better shape than some of the other 14ers. 
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Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-08, By: djacobson
Info: Crazy avalanche debris starting at the gate. Route was mostly clear (snowshoes not needed) there was some post holing above 12.5 but not enough to warrant carrying them. We did carry an ice axe which was useful above the ships prow for a small snow field. Totally doable without the axe but there was a small glissade opportunity coming down from the ridge where we used it as well. Carried spikes and didn't put them on although we could have benefited from them in a few spots. The formal route had two small snow areas above the ridge that made it a bit spicy but could be avoided with smart route finding. The final pitch was totally clear and I'd say 85-90% clear above the ridge. Be prepared for mud and one stream crossing that was snow covered but getting hollow. Few more days and it may cave in. Photos attached. 
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Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-05, By: cottonmountaineering
Info: Road is open all the way to 4wd trailhead, route does not require any snow gear with careful route finding. Still a lot of snow in the upper basin 
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