Mt. Arkansas  
Condition Updates  
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-09, By: astranko
Info: Intended on climbing the Moonshine Couloir but decided against it because of the large, overhanging cornice on the route. Went up a spur ridge to reach the North Ridge Route from the main basin. The cornice is incredibly rotten and detached from the main face. I would not climb under it. This was determined when I punched through the backside ~20ft back from the edge and there was no snow connecting it to the edge. 
Route: Moonshine Couloir
Posted On: 2022-05-08, By: CheapCigarMan
Info: Truly an epic couloir. Snowshoes and crampons. Postholed on the approach. At the couloir's entrance witnessed two small avalanches through the cliff bands to climber's right. Postholed through skiers wash in the entrance. Warm wet snow stuck to my crampons like Gene Simmons' platform shoes adding 5 lbs to each boot. Met a beast of a skier and his dog Celeste. I owe him a steak as he booted up ahead of me providing much needed relief from the postholing and crampon sticking snow. Celeste was truly amazing to watch as it fearlessly navigated the steep exposure of the couloir. The cornice was the gnarliest I've seen. 20 - 30mph winds and 18 degree windchill on the summit. Took the North Ridge back with 40 plus mph winds. Postholed down the slope. Postholed all the way back through treeline. Even taking baby steps all the way back didn't seem to help from postholing 2 - 3 feet and falling time and again on my face. Such a sufferfest, even worse that Silverheels via Scott Gulch. Probably great conditions for skiers but needed a much harder freeze for climbers. Truly an epic and beautiful couloir. 
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Route: Moonshine Couloir
Posted On: 2022-05-07, By: ClimberSkierDave64
Info: Climbed and skied the Moonshine as well as couple other smaller couloirs in that basin. Moonshine is skiing well, with variable hot pow, breakable crust, and corn as well as some debris. Quite a bit of sluffing on the descent. The cornice is pretty big, so just be careful to avoid it during the very warm parts of the day. Line is skiable summit to car with a little poling which is nice. 
Route: Unnamed slope to the north of the summit
Posted On: 2022-05-07, By: bangerth
Info: We wanted to climb the NE couloir, but there had not been a good freeze in the past couple of days and we were just an hour or so too late: The snow was already getting quite soft. There is also a large cornice at the top which we ultimately discovered has already separated from the mountain. Looking around, it's also clear that all sorts of slopes have been shedding snow in the last couple of days. So while standing in the high basin looking over to the couloir, we decided to instead ascend a slope on the right that leads up to the NE ridge. This turned out to be relatively straightforward, and we then followed the ridge to the summit. While the slope was just a snow climb on relatively good snow, the ridge turned out to be a mixed snow-rock climb. On the way back, we took the NW ridge. I would have loved to glissade from it straight into the basin north of Arkansas, but the ridge is guarded by a large cornice that required us to descend quite a long distance along the ridge before we could finally drop into the basin. We did so around 11:30 or so, and the snow was already very soft, arresting our slide frequently. It took a good deal of postholing despite using snowshoes to get back down to the road and back to the car by 12:30. My recommendation is to leave very early, earlier than the 4:45am we did. There were a handful of people who came up the couloir at around the same time as we were at the summit, but quite frankly I didn't think this was a great idea. Get to the base of the couloir before or by sunrise, or find a different way up as we did. 
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Route: Moonshine C
Posted On: 2022-04-27, By: Buddyboy27
Info: Skinned to just above 13k no problem. A few sink holes on the north ridge, some 4' deep, be careful. Moonshine entrance has a few well hidden sharks. Entrance snow is wind loaded but felt relatively stable. Snow in the Couloir felt good and stable. Doesn't seem like it has much if any melt freeze, especially near the top. Was going to tag buckskin north face as well but doesn't look in at all unfortunately. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2022-04-24, By: Scott P
Info: Horrid snow conditions to get to timberline. A shallow layer of powder over a breakable crust which sits on sugar snow. It's miserable when ever you bust the crust. Not fun and gave up. 
Route: North Ridge Direct
Posted On: 2022-04-10, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Did North Ridge of Arkansas direct. Started from the standard trailhead, and then followed an on-map railroad bed east to the start of the ridge. Flotation was mandatory from the parking lot to the base of the ridge proper, where we stashed snowshoes. Snow/ rock hopping up to the ridge proper, and from there consistent snow and rock hopping to the summit. A handful of brief class 3/4 moves are in season to bypass some snow along the ridge. Used an axe for safety in one place, and would recommend a helmet. Didn't use any traction. Off our route was some recent slide activity on the east face (observations and photos on CAIC site). 
Route: Tweto to Arkansas and down North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-09, By: zootloopz
Info: Snow is pretty unconsolidated. Knee deep drifts mixed with rock hopping. Used microspikes the entire way. Coming off the north ridge was a lot of fun and we stuck to climbing directly over the class 3-4 towers. An excellent amount of postholing once you start dropping off the ridge proper and all the way back to South Fremont Pass. 
Route: North Ridge - Variation
Posted On: 2021-06-24, By: rudi32
Info: Summited Mt. Arkansas yesterday morning 06/23! Car: 4:45am / Summit 8:00am / Car: 11:30am - Spent about 1hr 30min on the summit, perfect cloudy weather up there. Gained the ridge much sooner than the route suggested, it was such an awesome & scenic ridge. One can definitely make this ridge Class 3 or higher, especially around the crux. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-22, By: madadraw1
Info: Summer conditions. And, w/ summer conditions in CO comes the smell of smoke and haze on your hike! View of Mt Massive was visible but very hazy. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-13, By: Slawson405
Info: Summer conditions minus the occasional low-angle snowfield to cross. Snow on the upper ridge is still holding some blind cornices towards the top but very avoidable. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-04-25, By: dwoodward13
Info: Took the North Ridge Direct variation. Used snowshoes from TH to treeline. Choice of rocks with light dusting of snow or all snow depending on how close you are to ridge top proper. The full snow option has lots of trapdoors, especially on the descent with softening snow. Used crampons and ax from just before the towers section to the summit. Quite a bit of snow here and wouldn't want to proceed without them. Saw two parties of skiers, but not sure of their descent. All the visible couloirs looked in good condition. High winds all day created noticeable wind slabs in sections upon descent. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-04-08, By: Sbenfield
Info: Went up the whole ridge. Be careful of a lot of trap doors between snow & rocks. Thought my ice axe was handy in 1 or 2 places. Wore snowshoes in the forest part but didn't sink very much. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-03, By: gluckhikes
Info: No summit - the final quarter mile of the ridge is very rough, definitely not class 2 in these conditions with loose snow covering loose rocks and exposed boulders. Otherwise I found a strong trench through the trees and then romped through shallower patches up to the ridge, a ways north of where the summer route should be. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-27, By: Agstrohmeier
Info: Flotation is required between the trailhead and the ridge; we didn't bring it but our hips are feeling it, a lot more snow than we expected. Be careful in the rocks on the ridge, lots of trapdoors and postholing. We ascended the ridge very early on and it was fun but tricky in the rocks. ascending the western face would be easier. We did not make it to the summit so I can't speak to the end of the hike, but it was a good day today, absolutely no wind. There are some wind slabs so be aware on the open faces, 1-5 inches thick with soft snow underneath. Thickest on the north aspects but still present on a lot of western aspects. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-26, By: colin j
Info: Dry to summit; Ridge walk to Tweto also dry. Wind was breezy in the morning but bearable. Conditions deteriorated throughout the day and wind was very gusty in the early afternoon which made narrow spots on the ridge pretty spicy. Looks like wind in the Mosquitos is predicted to be similar tomorrow. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-16, By: Gumby65
Info: Almost all snow from early September is gone. You can hike ridge without encountering snow 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-04, By: angry
Info: Dry to summit. No register. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-04, By: Veganbutcher719
Info: The non existent trail is in great shape. Don't even bother trying to find a path, just blaze your way through the trees. Once you get to the meadows above treelike its pretty straightforward as far as where you need to be. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-17, By: BeckyYoung89
Info: North Ridge is completely summer conditions. There are a few snow fields hanging on, but they're avoidable. For anyone traversing to Tweto, there is one unavoidable snowfield along the ridge where an axe was useful for cutting steps across (see pic). Skiers, this field still looks ski-able. About 500ft of continuous snow, the sporadic into the lower basin. 

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