Lenawee Mountain  
Condition Updates  
Route: From SW Lenawee
Posted On: 2022-07-31, By: csf-lhiver
Info: Hung ridge direct as much as possible to get more class 3 and low 4 moves in. Can hang left (on way to Lenawee/right on way back) around most of the obstacles to make it class 2(+) if you want. Cool views of ABasin and rocks. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-21, By: daway8
Info: No snow worth mentioning along the trail but off to the side of the trail there were some impressive cornices still hanging on over the valleys below. Solid trail to follow until it's time to gain the ridge to SW Lenawee, then you have to be alert on when to cut right and gain the ridge (gets steeper the longer you wait to make the turn). I hadn't researched the route so was surprised how much scrambling opportunity there was between SW Lenawee and Lenawee - you can potentially keep it pretty easy (difficult class 2 is how it's ranked) and avoid exposure or you can choose to stay top of the ridge and squeeze in a little bit of highly exposed class 3 action if you feel like spicing up an otherwise fairly easy hike. This was the perfect little hike to squeeze in on an unexpected day off with a very late start. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-03-13, By: gluckhikes
Info: Did not make it to treeline. Peru Creek road is doable without flotation. Snowpack on Lenawee Trail is 6 inches of powder on a mostly supportive 1 inch crust with a foot of rotten icy stuff below. Not good, but manageable for the first couple miles of the Lenawee Trail. Once it turns north and starts climbing along the west slopes, the snow becomes impassably deep and the slope angle gets sketchy. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-14, By: wolfgangstiller
Info: Trail starts out dry but gets more and more snow until is all snow above 11,500 ft. Snow is just 1 to 4 inches and not icy yet. Micros helpful but not required. Rocks near summit require care. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-11, By: cougar
Info: A few downed trees on lower part of trail. Small snowdrifts starting at 11500 obscure a couple switchback turns so keep an eye out. Summer conditions up high, ridge traverse from southwest Lenawee is dry, despite the snow and cornices on south face. Great peak. 
3 1
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-24, By: mbolt
Info: Started from Arapahoe Bain (surprised they still let hikers in this late), no snow worth mentioning, very gusty/high winds almost entire time on ridge. Saw one other dude who had traversed all the peaks from loveland pass, sounded like a great time. 2/3 of my trekking pole just fell off while it was attached to my backpack somewhere on the ridge (need to tighten them better I guess). If you find it please let me know (and sorry for the accidental litter). 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-12, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Beautiful day on Lenawee. Unavoidable (but melting quickly) snow above 12,000'. NW face of the traverse holding a few inches of snow on average for the entire section. Didn't need traction or any special equipment - wore trail runners and was fine. Saw a SAR chopper in the area, but couldn't tell where exactly it was going/coming from. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-11, By: bmcqueen
Info: Not much accumulation up high, but enough snow coverage to make the rocks slick and cover a few trapdoors. 
2 1
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-14, By: goldenite
Info: Only made it to Southwest Lenawee, it was windy af and didn't want to chance the ridge solo. The trail has some snow patches around treeline, but nothing major. There's also avoidable snow near the summit. #1: southeast into Chihuahua Basin, Grays, Ruby #2: southwest into Thurman Gulch #3: Lenawee and connecting ridge, G&T, Grizzly - there was a dusting of snow up high overnight, so that should melt soon #4: connecting ridge from a little lower 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-03-26, By: Kiefer
Info: Ascended from parking lot at Peru Gulch. Heavy snow all the way to treeline. The upper plateau's are holding snow with occasional bare/tundra patches. Summit of "SW Lenawee" and Lenawee holding a lot of snow. The summit of "Southwest Lenawee" is partially corniced. Snow is typical spring corn, hard-packed with occasional pockets of powder spindrift. Snowshoes required. 
Route: from Grizzly
Posted On: 2019-09-04, By: shaunblair
Info: Fun traverse - lots of routefinding - available descriptions from Wolfe and others are somewhat poor. Never saw the two cruxes of route, golden gendarme and knife edge - maybe I was enjoying the scrambling too much to notice? Never encountered anything that gave me pause, just a fun, enjoyable trip. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-27, By: supranihilest
Info: The trail from the Lenawee Trailhead to where you're supposed to cut off and hike up the grassy slope is in great shape, as is said grassy slope. From "Southwest Lenawee" to Lenawee itself is basically all the meat of the route. If you stay on or near the ridge crest you'll encounter Class 3 and maybe Class 4 climbing on steep, exposed, often loose rock. The easiest way is staying climber's left/north of the ridge crest. There's trail segments most of the way and you can keep the difficulty at Class 2+ like the route description says. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-13, By: Trotter
Info: Easy, fun class 1 route until SW Lenawee. The traverse along the ridge is fairly rough, lots of loose rock and class 3. If you want easier, drop about 100 feet lower on the left side, theres some trail remnants that keep it at class 2+. The traverse takes about 45 minutes each way, so dont start it if weather looks poor. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2017-10-17, By: tjf242424
Info: Dry all the way to the false summit. Some snow getting over to the true summit, but nothing that poses any real problems. Did not use spikes, but some might want them. Great views of the White Ribbon of Death at A-Basin. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-11, By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Pretty dry for November but there was a bit of snow along the summit ridge, which forced us to make a few easy, Class 3 moves. Didn't use microspikes but gaiters were helpful. 
Route: Southwest (SW) Ridge
Posted On: 2016-09-05, By: jasayrevt
Info: Clear and very nice enjoyable trip w/ reaching summit. Invigorating, Inspiring Hobby. Great, beautiful 13er mountain. This quality, classic route is a unique undertaking and lightly traveled. Incredible views of Front Range and A-Basin Ski Resort. Prime, excellent, and bluebird summer conditions up high for navigating slopes and ridge line extremely well. Successful traverse from neighboring "SW Lenawee" (13,180'). Trail runners and light pack were good. Climb safely / swiftly in the hills folks. Pictures included as beta 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2016-08-28, By: mdavenport2
Info: Clear and dry. Perfect summer conditions. 
Route: Sniktau/Cupid/Grizzly Peak D/Lenawee
Posted On: 2015-06-26, By: JasonKline
Info: Did the Sniktau/Cupid/Grizzly Peak D/Lenawee route from http://www.quackquackcolorado.com/mt-sniktau-cupid-grizzly-peak-d-lenawee-mtn/ Although there was still a decent amount of snow up there, it was easily avoidable. Microspikes and ice axe weren‘t needed. Avoiding the snow between Grizzly Peak D and Lenawee required some careful route finding to keep it down to Class 3. 
Route: From Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2013-08-06, By: k-berger
Info: Not enough information for a full trip report, but there is a lack of beta online for this traverse so I figured I would add a little detail. We went from Loveland Pass to A-basin (set up a car shuttle in the AM) by summiting Grizzly, over to Lenawee and then to the top of the ski resort. This is an excellent route with some great scrambling from Grizz to Lenawee - I would say the hardest moves go at class 4. There are several loose holds, so testing everything is a must on the route. The traverse from Lenawee to A-basin is tedious and not as much fun as G to L. If you aren‘t set on reaching the top of A-basin, bailing out after topping Lenawee would be the better option. Overall, a great scramble, close to Denver and no crowds - although you do have a great view of the conga line up Grays.... 

Return to the main Peak Conditions page
© 2022 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.