Boreas Mountain  
Condition Updates  
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2021-01-15, By: dolfh
Info: The first 2 miles of the Boreas Pass shelf road are icy with some exposure. Traction might be helpful. After 2 miles the road is heavily used by XC skiers. There is some unavoidable knee deep snow above the cabins at Boreas Pass. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2020-11-07, By: litote312
Info: Dry from Boreas Pass to the summit. 
Route: Boreas Pass
Posted On: 2020-10-17, By: angry
Info: Loop from Bald, dry to summit. The peaks are much further apart than they appear. Register needs a writing instrument. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2020-10-14, By: asueagle02
Info: Went up the north ridge from Black Powder Pass and down the standard West Slope route. Fresh snow in among the talus in places along the upper ridge, but was powdery and not a big deal. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2020-06-28, By: goldenite
Info: All snow is avoidable. I hiked to Black Powder Pass on the way back and found that one of the little hills has a name. Picture of the summit sign attached and written on the back of a frozen pizza box, no less! It looks like Bald Mtn A has some unavoidable snow, but not much. 1 - Bald Mtn A 2 - looking West toward Quandary and surrounding peaks 3 - Boreas from the road 4 - Mt Bruh, I took the sign down with me and was going to trash it, but might hang it in the garage as a reminder of that time I hiked a 69er! 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2020-06-27, By: denvermikey
Info: Easily avoidable snow here and there. Generally summer conditions. Sign on the Como side of the pass stating closed for season is fake news. 
Route: West Ridge via Bald
Posted On: 2019-09-08, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Dry, summer conditions! 
Route: as seen from Red Peak A
Posted On: 2019-07-01, By: shaunblair
Info: At least one snowfield remains mid-ridge on this route, as seen from atop Red Peak A. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2019-01-06, By: Marmot72
Info: Nice ski/snowshoe/bike track from the winter TH to the water tower. After that the packed track narrows - place foot just 2-3 inches to one side, and sink to the calf. Summit mostly dry; snow on ridge wind-packed and nice. Snow between the cabin and the ridge mostly breakable crust over a couple feet of sugar; best to be sure to strike a 45 degree left from the cabin to gain more wind-scoured thinner snow cover with occasional grass. (I found the easy way on the descent.) 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2018-06-13, By: Trotter
Info: Boreas pass open, route is mostly snow free. Did have to cross one snowfield near summit, but you could avoid it by dropping 100 feet. Note, there is now a trail once you hit the talus at around 12,800, Its actually quite nice. Below 12,800 theres no trail, but several cairns do lead a fairly nice route across the tundra. 
Route: North Ridge from Black Powder Pass
Posted On: 2017-06-24, By: majtytom
Info: Summer conditions with a tiny bit of snow left below summit block 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2016-10-30, By: RyGuy
Info: Route and peak are almost totally dry. Just a few small snow patches in the shadows. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2016-10-02, By: JasonKline
Info: Clear of snow. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2016-06-16, By: CSchoick
Info: Mostly dry, crossed a 3 short snow fields, probably avoidable. Snow is not deep, and crossings are in a flat area. Trough near top is dry. Nice afternoon to get up there. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2013-10-19, By: IHikeLikeAGirl
Info: Could still drive to Boreas Pass, but the road was packed snow from the winter closure up. Sugary, slippery, snow. From a couple of inches to thigh deep postholing. The route to the ridge looked windswept, but the snow was definitely a big factor. Did not use snowshoes, hiking poles were a must (but I‘d forgotten mine), microspikes would not help in the sugary snow. And the winds...check the forecast...absolutely miserable. Tough way to get this fairly short peak. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2012-05-22, By: TravelingMatt
Info: From Boreas Pass, the trail is flat and runs to the north for a few hundred feet before forking at a ditch. Left fork is a better trail and had less (no) snow. You may lose the trail as it ascends towards the Bald/Boreas col (Black Powder Pass) but the surrounding terrain is easy. To ascend Boreas, start heading up several hundred feet before (west of) Black Powder Pass and ascend grassy areas between willows on the right and steep, unpleasant scree along the ridge line to the left. Eventually the ridge flattens out and becomes grassy, and it is easy to stay on the ridge to the summit. There were two ~80‘ snowfields on the ridge, and I postholed once on each of them. True summit is at the southern end of the massif and has a windbreaker and register nearby. 

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