Peak:  Tijeras Peak (13er)
 Route:  from Lower Sand Creek Lake
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  markf
 Date of Info:  06/02/2022
 Date Posted:  06/03/2022

The access gully through the cliff band was doable in micro spikes; the snow up there is going fast. Snow is still there on the trail in to Lower Sand Creek Lake and above the lake, but not enough to matter. There are a massive number of recently downed trees between the Sand Creek crossing and Lower Sand Creek, and again around Lower Sand Creek Lake. In both areas there are enough down trees to hinder travel and route finding. The USFS ranger I spoke to (San Isabel NF) did not expect all the trees to be cleared this year.

Comments or Questions
06/06/2022 09:30
Those might have been there since last year, it was a similar story and really obnoxious with a full pack.

06/06/2022 10:11
A lot of the down trees still had green needles on them, I'm not sure how long it takes the needles to turn brown. At any rate, it should keep the crowds down around the lake and on the route.

Nice work
06/13/2022 08:56
Do you have any pics from the summit you can share? We‘re looking to do the MIlwaukee group next weekend and I‘d love to get a sense of how much snow is in the area.

Re; nice work
06/13/2022 19:53
No pics, sorry. I wouldn't worry about snow.

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