Boreas Mountain  
Condition Updates  
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2022-06-13, By: kwhit24
Info: 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 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2022-06-10, By: dleflar
Info: Every which way you could possibly want to go is basically bone dry with the exception of about 30 feet of snow on the ridge due north of the trough. Quick and easy direct up west slopes from parking lot and on to summit. Bald Mtn is holding a bit more snow on south side but is not long for this world. Boreas Pass road is dry from Como side all the way to Breckenridge. 
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Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2022-03-05, By: gluckhikes
Info: Walked up Boreas Pass Road from the closure in Breck. The road is packed down all the way to the pass, thanks to XC skiers. I wore snowshoes for the brief but deep section between the pass and the climb to the ridge. For the climb, there's a fresh dusting of snow on the talus, which makes for come sketchy stepping in places. The wind was calm all day but on the summit ridge it was something fierce. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2021-10-25, By: hokiehead
Info: patchy snow on most of the route, but mostly avoidable. took Microspikes but never used them. most places where snow was unavoidable had depth 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2021-10-04, By: MaryinColorado
Info: Route was dry until approx. 12,600', by my estimation, when patchy snow began. As you hit the ridge proper, snow became contiguous and increasingly deeper, upwards of 4-6" in spots from here until summit. Due to snow being unconsolidated and uncertain of potential for ice, went up and over the first "hump" instead of around the east/left side of it as portrayed in the route description, and then curved around the right side of the second hump before then angling up to gain the top of the ridge. Quite happy with route choices and the breaking of trail done by a group of 4 hikers I encountered on their descent. Donned my microspikes at the top of the first hump, FYI, before proceeding on. Easy snow trekking to the summit; the snow covered the talus nicely, I think making for an easier trek. Gaiters also recommended. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2021-08-07, By: mtngoatwithstyle
Info: Dry conditions. There are cairns after the willows at the beginning of the slope that will take you up on a grassy area instead of the rocky gullies. Very very smoky day. Saw the biggest pika ever!. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2021-07-31, By: Carl_Healy
Info: Summer conditions, though by July 31st would you expect something different? Only will say all that monsoonal moisture made things wet. Would have helped to have gaiters for all the dew on the grass and willows. Also made the rocks and talus pretty slick. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-27, By: supranihilest
Info: Easy ascent up through nice, open forest to the talus-laden but easy ridge. Minimal route finding. Added on Point 12,700 and Volz Benchmark making a nice loop. Both 12ers are Class 2. Descending the west drainage between 12,700 and Volz Benchmark was easy as well, just follow the creek down. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2021-06-18, By: oldgrayhair
Info: Summer conditions. There are some very small snowfields that can be avoided or with minimal crossing time; no microspikes required. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2021-01-15, By: dolfh
Info: The first 2 miles of the Boreas Pass shelf road are icy with some exposure. Traction might be helpful. After 2 miles the road is heavily used by XC skiers. There is some unavoidable knee deep snow above the cabins at Boreas Pass. 
Route: West Slope
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: Loop from Bald, dry to summit. The peaks are much further apart than they appear. Register needs a writing instrument. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2020-10-14, By: asueagle02
Info: Went up the north ridge from Black Powder Pass and down the standard West Slope route. Fresh snow in among the talus in places along the upper ridge, but was powdery and not a big deal. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2020-06-28, By: goldenite
Info: All snow is avoidable. I hiked to Black Powder Pass on the way back and found that one of the little hills has a name. Picture of the summit sign attached and written on the back of a frozen pizza box, no less! It looks like Bald Mtn A has some unavoidable snow, but not much. 1 - Bald Mtn A 2 - looking West toward Quandary and surrounding peaks 3 - Boreas from the road 4 - Mt Bruh, I took the sign down with me and was going to trash it, but might hang it in the garage as a reminder of that time I hiked a 69er! 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2020-06-27, By: denvermikey
Info: Easily avoidable snow here and there. Generally summer conditions. Sign on the Como side of the pass stating closed for season is fake news. 
Route: West Ridge via Bald
Posted On: 2019-09-08, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Dry, summer conditions! 
Route: as seen from Red Peak A
Posted On: 2019-07-01, By: shaunblair
Info: At least one snowfield remains mid-ridge on this route, as seen from atop Red Peak A. 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2019-01-06, By: Marmot72
Info: Nice ski/snowshoe/bike track from the winter TH to the water tower. After that the packed track narrows - place foot just 2-3 inches to one side, and sink to the calf. Summit mostly dry; snow on ridge wind-packed and nice. Snow between the cabin and the ridge mostly breakable crust over a couple feet of sugar; best to be sure to strike a 45 degree left from the cabin to gain more wind-scoured thinner snow cover with occasional grass. (I found the easy way on the descent.) 
Route: West Slope
Posted On: 2018-06-13, By: Trotter
Info: Boreas pass open, route is mostly snow free. Did have to cross one snowfield near summit, but you could avoid it by dropping 100 feet. Note, there is now a trail once you hit the talus at around 12,800, Its actually quite nice. Below 12,800 theres no trail, but several cairns do lead a fairly nice route across the tundra. 
Route: North Ridge from Black Powder Pass
Posted On: 2017-06-24, By: majtytom
Info: Summer conditions with a tiny bit of snow left below summit block 

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