Peak:  James Peak (13er)
 Route:  St. Mary\'s Glacier
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  mvandergrift
 Date of Info:  04/11/2021
 Date Posted:  04/12/2021

Morning snow is still very hard and easy to traverse. Around noon it starts to soften and quickly becomes messy at lower elevations. We did not need snowshoes regardless, but would have preferred to start earlier than 9am. Even still, quick and enjoyable trip.

Lots of social trails. Hard to follow summer trench after the glacier. We constantly found ourselves to the NE of the trail until we reconnected around 12,600'. Much easier on the way down when we followed the GPS and stayed west (more rock allowed us to avoid the warming snow).

Only a couple of other people on the mountain enjoying the perfect weather.

Comments or Questions
great day
04/13/2021 06:24
I may have seen you - summited from the other side and saw 3 hikers coming up from the glacier. Route in the trees from E Moffat Tunnel was well packed - only two posthole steps on way down in the afternoon, and snow was very deep. Trail not visible by Heart Lake, and snow made it treacherous on north face below the ridge crest, so staying on the crest among the dry rocks was better.

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