Bald Mountain A  
Condition Updates  
Route: Boreas Pass
Posted On: 2022-06-18, By: MaryinColorado
Info: Route is almost completely dry. There were a couple of snowfields that were avoidable and a couple that were minor enough it wasn't worth the effort to go around but did post-hole a bit. Melt-off is making certain parts of the Black Powder Pass trail muddy, so be sure to go through the mud instead of around it so you don't cause damage to the vegetation. We came up Boreas Pass from 285, and the road seemed more rocky and rutted than it did when I was up there last fall. Nevertheless, it is still sedan-friendly - with caution. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-16, By: Gandalf69
Info: Totally dry, met someone at summit coming from south side, boreas pass. Road is rough around treeline. 
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Route: Boreas Pass
Posted On: 2022-06-13, By: kwhit24
Info: There are some spots where you have to cross snow but since it was early the snow was firm. We could see places where people postholed in warmer/later conditions. Some of the snow areas on the ridge could be avoided but we found it easier to walk on the firm snow instead of looser rocks. We didn't use any micros but others might find them very useful. We were able to glissade about 550' towards the bottom. From the Black Powder Pass ridge all the way up Boreas was almost all snow free or avoidable. 8.07 miles; 3,551' gain; 4 hours 45min Start about 5:30am; Bald Mtn 7:30am (10 min break); Boreas Mtn 9:30am (15 min break); TH 10:20pm 
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Route: Southwest Couloirs
Posted On: 2022-04-10, By: bangerth
Info: SW Couloir is in great shape. There is a small cornice on the left side that one should stay away from, but other than that the snow in the morning was fantastic. Great climb if you like couloirs that are slightly more than mellow -- at the top, it's probably 50 degrees or so. The road from the trailhead is covered in snow (and dog poop :-( ). Things were nice and crunchy in the morning, and mashed potatos in the afternoon. We used just boots on the way up to the turnoff, snowshows from there to the base of the couloir, crampons up. Then glissaded down, and then again snowshoes all the way back to the car. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2022-03-16, By: desertdog
Info: Road is ski/boot packed to Iowa Mill. I put snowshoes on about halfway up the slope to the ridge. The north ridge was a mix of firm snow and rock. I wore spikes. Stayed on the ridge proper the whole way. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2022-01-13, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Road is packed down to Iowa Mill. From there, most tracks continue straight up the slope, though even with the obvious prior traffic, this section is a draining slog of postholery if you're naive enough to have looked at the windswept nature of the ridge from the parking lot and concluded that you'd be totally fine leaving flotation in the car. Snow is mostly inconsequential to nonexistent above the radio towers and can be avoided on steeper sections by sticking to rocks and talus. We did not make the summit (turned around just below the last false summit due to encroaching darkness, increasing winds, and a brazen dedication to, shall we say, establishing a route of our own instead of following the more direct route outlined on this site), but the last stretch looked as barren of snow as the mountain's name would suggest. Conditions from just above treeline and down were enticing enough that we are totally bringing skis on our next time out. Pics aren't necessarily the most reflective of conditions on the mountain; I just thought they came out pretty cool. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-12-12, By: rosey33
Info: Used snowshoes up to ridge line. Rock hop to the summit. 
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Route: Boreas Pass
Posted On: 2021-08-15, By: mtngoatwithstyle
Info: Dry conditions all the way to the summit. As stated in other trip reports, this route has 8 false summits but do not get discouraged. Very cool to encounter two adult goats just relaxing as I made my way down. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-05-29, By: -wren-
Info: road totally dry from winter TH to the pulloff .75 miles up the road that Bill mentions in route description. From here it's on an and off snow, melting quickly but well packed enough that it was supportive coming down at 9 am in 45 degree temps. Postholed 12-15 times in total and never deeper than mid calf. You can almost pick a totally dry line above treeline, save for a couple spots. The spot that last update mentioned using an axe on certainly warrants caution but poles suffice. There is one spot on the ridge crest that is only mildly-moderately exposed but still requires more caution (and definitely spikes) right now as the whole section is a walk on supportive and icy snow. There are also some cornices to watch out for, mainly ~150 feet from summit where it's hard to tell where ridge ends and cornice begins. So long as you have a couple key pieces of gear and tread with caution and awareness this route seems to have a low bar for entry in late spring with very little avy danger and is a good option for those looking for a 13er to climb right now with minimal postholing and snow climbing. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-05-26, By: CoHi591
Info: Snow pretty much right away on the road but mostly supportive, postholed a few times in the trees on the way down (8:45 am) but nothing too significant. You can stay mostly off snow until the final summit push. Spikes and axe came in handy for the last little bit. Pics in a minute. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-05-08, By: gluckhikes
Info: No flotation needed - snow stayed hard packed all morning. Mostly low angle to approach the ridge so no traction needed. Large avoidable cornices on the ridge, with large patches of tundra and talus too. I was glad to have brought the ice axe for glissade, as the snow was still solid at 11am. The first summit is (for once) the true summit. Don't run over to the further one like I did, it's further than it looks! 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-02, By: daway8
Info: Trail gated past 2WD trailhead but tons of ski traffic here so easy to go up in just boots for quite a ways. Shortly after reaching the switchbacks there were enough ski tracks coming down the mountain that I cut straight up the hill and was still fine with just boots - didn't even posthole because there were so many ski tracks packing it down. Above the final switchback again followed ski tracks to cut off the huge loop to the NW and regained the trail just past the weather stations and the log fence on the road. Lots of exposed rock on the ridge. At times the ridge gets rather narrow with steep snowfields off to the side (esp the east) plus a couple spots where you have to go over or along a brief steep snowfield. Not an issue when calm but treacherous in strong winds. Note that most maps put the summit well past the very obvious high point. On the way down stuck closer to the road but cut west early and regained the road which was initially not tracked at all but eventually had ski traffic. Then plunged quickly down the ski tracks cutting across the switchbacks. 
Route: South Ridge
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: Dry, no register. Lots of false summits. 
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Route: South Ridge from Boreas Pass
Posted On: 2020-10-14, By: asueagle02
Info: Off and on snow fields, all fresh from this past weekend's storm. All powder for now, freeze/thaw may change that. Great trail to Black Powder Pass, relatively easy to follow "path" up to the southern unofficial summit. If an established route continues beyond that to the official summit, I could not find it between the talus and snow cover, and opted to go up and down every bump on the ridge. 
Route: From Boreas Pass
Posted On: 2020-08-01, By: madmattd
Info: Black Powder Pass Trail in great shape the whole way to the saddle and up to ~12,400' where it ends. Cairns and intermittent trails the whole way from there to the summit via the many bumps on the ridge. One snow field that needs to be crossed between the 2 main peaks, all of ~10' wide and low angle, no special equipment needed. A few places looked like some notable scrambling would be needed, but not bad once there; nothing exceeds Class 2 unless you want it. More talus hopping than anticipated. Only saw 2 other people on this route and 4 on the summit that came from the North. Tons of people on the Black Powder Trail midday just heading to the saddle for the views. Flowers are gorgeous along the stream right now. Intended to combo this with Boreas along the lines of bmcqueen's TR from a couple years back but the clouds were looking nasty with rain/storms near Fairplay when I returned to the saddle so Boreas will have to wait for another day. It did look like it should be possible to avoid most of the talus and steep stuff from the col by skirting the first point to the West; that was my plan until the weather said otherwise. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2020-04-27, By: Ptglhs
Info: Route is still mostly hardpacked snow. I didn't posthole in boots but I still went faster with snow shoes. There are 3 or 4 places where the snow is windpolished and the slope is steep enough on the upper ridge that I'm glad I had an ice axe and crampons. It's a weird mix of clear, defined trail, and talus with a couple of ledges and overhanging cornices. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2020-01-18, By: osprey
Info: I used snowshoes from the TH up to the ridge and switched to spikes from there to the summit. Man-battering winds were constant companions from the ridge to the summit. It is a long ridge with numerous false summits. Be prepared to spend a long time up high on the ridge. Bypass rocky points on the west side. There is a large cairn a few feet below the summit. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2020-01-06, By: drop_bear
Info: Well packed trail to treeline. Punchy snow up to the ridge, only part of the day I needed flotation. Ridge was pretty windblown with some snowfields of varying quality to cross. I stashed my snowshoes once on the ridge and only used boots the rest of the way with no issues. 1) Above treeline before gaining the ridge 2) Lower ridge 3) Upper ridge 4) Guyot 
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Route: Black Powder Pass from Boreas Pass
Posted On: 2019-09-08, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Summer conditions. 

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