Peak:  James Peak (13er)
 Route:  Southeast slopes from Saint Mary\'s Glacier
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  mijoflynn
 Date of Info:  05/28/2021
 Date Posted:  05/28/2021

Conditions pretty similar to report from 5/22.

Started at 6:00. Still some snow on the trail up to the glacier; the glacier itself was pretty churned up, but nice and firm in the morning. The first half of the meadow above the glacier is mostly tundra, with a crust of ice on the trail. The second half of the meadow to the summit is continuous snow. Microspikes and poles with powder baskets were enough to get there.

Glissaded off the top -- my first time! (I don't usually get out to CO until later in the summer, after the snow's gone). Felt like a little kid at an amusement park -- "can I do it again!?!"

The snow was dramatically softer by 9:30 on the way down. Postholing started on the lower slopes and continued back into the meadow, but it's only a couple of inches, so I didn't put on my snowshoes and just dealt with wet boots. The trail was mostly running water on the way back.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Saint Mary’s Glacier#2) First half of meadow#3) Second half of meadow#4) Final 400’ to summit -- a good glissade!

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