Mt. Alice  
Condition Updates  
Route: Hourglass Ridge and Boulder Grand Pass
Posted On: 2022-07-17, By: brauda02
Info: Did the loop on Mt. Alice today going up Hourglass Ridge and down Boulder Grand Pass. Not reports for this year, so figured I'd add one. Summer conditions though I did use spikes for one snowfield gaining the shoulder that led up to the ridge as it was still firm in the morning. They weren't necessary but figured I'd use them since I had them. I'd say this route goes at class 2+. A lot of blowdowns on the Alice loop. RMNP should focus more on maintaining trails and less on needless red tape and bureaucracy. 
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Route: Hourglass Ridge to Boulder-Grand Pass Loop
Posted On: 2021-08-12, By: JasonKline
Info: Summer conditions. No snow or ice. The smoke was pretty bad. Wild Basin road has potholes, but my Hyundai Ioniq had no problem driving it and plenty of other low-clearance 2WD vehicles were at the trailhead. 
Route: Hourglass Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-06, By: hr011242
Info: A few steps in snow when ascending the final summit pitch, no traction or axe necessary. The trail is easy to follow, and when there is no trail the route is obvious. 
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Route: Hourglass ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-22, By: dbolton
Info: I climbed Chiefs Head, but got a clear photo (attached) of the hourglass route from the saddle between these peaks. For a description of getting to the saddle, see my Chiefs Head report. 
Route: Hourglass Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-01, By: trkl9
Info: Summited Alice via the hourglass ridge and then down Boulder-Grand pass. Perfect conditions. Little snow on the route. No snow in the important places. Ridge is completely clear. 
Route: Hourglass Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-19, By: Tornadoman
Info: A few low angle snow crossings around and above Lion Lakes. One kind of strange area where we were wedged between a wall and the snow (picture 1). There may be other ways around this spot. Regardless we did not use/want any gear. From a distance one of the snowfields on the hourglass looks like it might not go, but there is plenty of room to bypass all snow to the right (Pics 3 and 4). 
Route: Hourglass
Posted On: 2019-07-15, By: mlewis
Info: Hourglass was easily passable on rock as of 7/13. Three snowfields on the final summit slope are also passable on rock on the right - the third snowfield looks like it blocks passage, but there is just enough rock to get by. Lower trail up to the boulder field are mostly clear, a few snow patches to cross. We didn't use flotation or crampons/microspikes, just kicked steps. A minor about of post holing on the way back down. Trail to treeline is mostly clear, a few snow patches, again no flotation needed. 
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Route: Hourglass
Posted On: 2019-07-08, By: dbolton
Info: I went up chiefs head but had a good look at the hourglass route. Snow on trail from 1 mile below Lion 1, but not hard to follow boot tracks. Normal route by Trio would need traction but going left about 0.25 miles I found an easy way up that headwall. Hourglass looks technical still! No snow free path that I could see. Photo attached. 
Route: Hourglass Ridge
Posted On: 2017-07-21, By: CoHi591
Info: Beautiful day. This is absolutely a gorgeous hike in a really spectacular place. Easy hiking to Lion Lake #1. Water is running high but there are a handful of safe places to cross the creek near trio falls en route to Lion 2. A few snowfields still between Lion Lakes and gaining the ridge, but all low angle and soft/shallow, so no problem. There is still snow on the face but can be easily avoided climbing right. Returned the same way I came to retrieved stashed snow gear so can't speak to the Boulder-Grand Pass route. 
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Route: Hourglass Ridge to Boulder-Grand Pass Loop
Posted On: 2015-07-27, By: dwoodward13
Info: Headed up Hourglass Ridge from Lion Lakes Basin. A few snow patches around the lakes, one which I believe required a detour from the "standard" scramble around Trio Falls. Otherwise snow free the rest of the way to the top. Took a descent down to Boulder-Grand Pass. Far climbers left gully down to Lake of Many winds is snow free, but loose. Did have to cross a few snowfields to loop around the lake and one more to get all the way down to Thunder Lake. Nothing major however. Saw 0 people until meeting back up at Thunder Lake, and nice heard of Bighorns 
Route: Hourglass Ridge from Lion Lakes
Posted On: 2014-06-24, By: Wildernessjane
Info: Climbed both Mount Alice and Chiefs Head from Wild Basin. Approximately a mile after the turnoff to Lion Lakes, we started encountering large snow drifts and streams running everywhere making it really difficult to stay on the trail. In hindsight, it had probably turned into a stream. Once on the ridge leading up to the saddle between Alice and Chiefs Head it is possible to stay off snow for most of the remainder of the hike (stay on the spine of the Hourglass Ridge). We did not end up using any traction but it could be helpful on the approach if the snow is hard. 

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