Trinity Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: W -> T -> E Traverse
Posted On: 2022-07-08, By: TravelingMatt
Info: Dry. Fun. The way is mostly obvious if you have a decent amount of experience in the San Juans, although you have a choice of Class 4 routes up Middle Trinity. I went up two separate sections of what I'd call 4, each about 10-15' high; not sure my choices were the easiest or "standard" route. Didn't find the putative trail that leaves upper Vestal Basin to the Vestal/West Trinity col but I didn't need it -- I ascended on grassy slabs up the west side of the V/WT basin until reaching the scree ocean in the basin itself. Least enjoyable part of the day is the willow-bashing to get back down to upper Vestal Basin. 
Route: South couloir via Tenmile
Posted On: 2022-03-20, By: blazintoes
Info: Mike and I set up camp .5 miles from Elk Park Friday afternoon then I walked 3 more miles to find a good snowbridge just before Garfield Peak to cross the Animas. We launched at 0400 on Saturday and crossed the snowbridge then stomped up Tenmile. At first we were in the creek bed but that was tedious so we veered left. Eventually we found a climbers trail and a marked tree. The going was tough as you don't gain much altitude but fight with deadfall. The snow was stable and the slopes shallow so we didn't need avy gear. We got to a nice snow ramp at 11,000 that aims right toward Balsam Lake. We walked across the frozen lake and studied the next approach while enamored with the beautiful snowy Peak 6 on our right and barren Arrow/Vestal left. We ascended another ramp all the way to the Trinity's south Couloir, which seemed so far away. We switched to crampons and slowly climbed the warming snow. We found one old wet avy but the conditions were good. The south col ascends 1800' and has 2 rock steps. There was some bare rock at 12,200. Finally we got behind a rock buttress at 12,400, turned left and climbed a thin 40 degree slope to the upper difficulties. Mike called it a 7 step phase and we chose to go right after the 40 degree slope to an even steeper face. We both felt it was 50 degrees and the snow was again thin. Neither wanted to descend step 6. We finally summit at 1430 and weren't as excited as we thought we'd be but we celebrate anyhow! The views are pretty amazing up here! We chose to descend directly east off the summit and faced in during the first 100'. Mike found a small chimney and coached me down because it reminded me of our Jagged descent. It's scary. Anyway I nail it and shout, hey that's the way Jagged was supposed to go. Redemption! Yippie! I don't think Mike is scared of anything. The snow on the descent was super awesome and after the best glissade on the planet we were off the mountain in 30 minutes. I love winter climbing. We got back to our snowshoes and the real torture began. It was warm all day and then a nice cloud layer covered the sun which was nice because we didn't fry and die but it trapped in the heat. The snow back down Tenmile was terrible and we postholed the entire way. Also there is more up than down on the deproach. We finally get to the creek and the snow is so soft we both dunked in and got wet feet. By the time we got to our snowbridge, it melted. Mike found a huge log and I swear he's Hercules because he picked it up and tossed it then we rolled it across. He placed it perfectly across the Animas and we got across. I had a dream the night before that I fell in the river and bounced down. Thankfully my dream never came true. By 2100 we were back safe on the tracks and had 3 miles back to camp. I slowed way down and felt immense sleep because I've never had to be vigilant for that long on any winter peak. Mikes headlamp slowly disappears and I decide to nap by some warm trees. I made it back to camp by 2300, do some minor housekeeping and we are asleep by midnight for a 0500 wake up because we have to be back to the cars on Sunday by 0922 when Spring begins. We're back by 0800, say our goodbyes and Sebastian tells me he's going to retire so now I'm going to auction his Fanny pack for $1,000,000 because it's his mountain climbing home so clearly it's worth a lot. 
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Route: Trinity Traverse from Vestal Basin
Posted On: 2021-09-03, By: JasonKline
Info: Entire route from Vestal Basin is free of snow and ice. It's starting to get chilly at night. The Colorado Trail is in great shape, but there's decent deadfall from the Colorado Trail to Vestal Basin. 
Route: Trinity Traverse
Posted On: 2021-08-29, By: desertdog
Info: We camped in Vestal basin. It took longer than expected to get to West Trinity. We took the Vestal climbers trail then talus hoped to West Trinity. It may be better to continue on the Vestal Basin trail then bushwhack. The low point seems to be the best way to gain the ridge between West Trinity and Vestal. It was loose. From here it was scrambling to the summit of West Trinity. Plenty of cairns to guide you up Middle Trinity. I was a bit disheartened to see the gully up East Trinity, but it wasn't bad at all. The summit register on West is broken and we couldn't find one on Middle, but didn't look very hard. There is one on East. We did Arrow the next day and then hiked out. 
Route: Traverse
Posted On: 2020-10-26, By: angry
Info: Traverse from West *was* dry. Significant snowfall has changed conditions. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-04, By: Eli Watson
Info: Summited Arrow Pk, Vestal Pk, "West Trinity", Trinity Pk & "East Trinity" from Molas Lake TH on 2020-10-03. Followed Roach's description of "AVWTE Combo - Trinitas (29.9)" in Thirteeners with the addition of Wham Ridge Direct start to ascend Vestal. Overall, air quality wasn't great but it wasn't awful. Definitely put a damper on my photographs. Molas Lake to Elk Park Trail to Vestal Creek Trail approach: No snow. All stream crossings are mellow. Arrow Pk NE Face: Bone dry. No snow whatsoever. Vestal Pk Wham Ridge Direct start: Mostly dry. There is some snow to contend with higher up on the face, mostly on ledges above the crux. Careful placement of feet makes it very manageable. The direct start is not 5.3, as reported by Roach. It's easy slab walking for the most part if you have good grip on your shoes. I put on my rock shoes at the Ledge at start of the standard Wham Ridge route, but I could have waited a bit longer. There are a couple places off on climbers' right of the ridge crest that you can step off and relax. Vestal Pk S Face: Bone dry. No snow whatsoever. "West Trinity" W Ridge: Bone dry. No snow whatsoever. Trinity Pk W Ridge: Bone dry. No snow whatsoever. Trinity Pk E Ridge Gully: Bone dry. No snow whatsoever. "East Trinity" W Gully: Some snow. Avoidable for the most, especially if you're like me and hate dry, loose gullies so you stick to the rocks just to the left of the gully. Crossing over the gully to the ridge, there is some snow that I had to make a very committed move to avoid. Sketchiest move of the day, Wham Ridge included. "East Trinity" E Ridge: May or may not have spent a full 2 hours trying to find the line down "East Trinity" in the dark. I don't actually know which descent line is the route. It was dark and I was figuring things out on the fly on the descent. The N Face of "East Trinity" is holding snow, and the broad gully directly below the elbow of the N Ridge to Peak 3 looked like a no-go. First I turned east towards Storm King Pk on accident, then had to navigate the steep slopes down the N Ridge of "East Trinity". None of the lines west off the "East Trinity" - Peak 3 notches looked promising. Seriously considered re-summiting, descending the S Gully between "East Trinity" and Trinity Pk and curling back around to the Arrow-Vestal saddle to avoid putting myself in a dangerous position on that loose shale. I hate shale. Finally collected myself, and butt-slid down a bunch of loose scree that I think was the line. Splits: Molas Lake TH 3:47 AM Animas River bridge 5:19 AM Vestal Creek Trail 6:30 AM Vestal Basin and turn-off for Arrow Pk 8:21 AM Stashing pack in talus below Arrow Pk 8:49 AM Arrow Pk summit 10:31 AM Retrieve pack 11:45 AM Wham Direct start 12:31 PM Vestal Pk summit 2:34 PM "West Trinity" summit 5:33 PM Trinity Pk summit 6:35 PM "East Trinity" summit: 7:55 PM (2 hours of being super sketched out figuring out how to get off "East Trinity") Re-join Vestal Creek Trail at turn-off towards Arrow Pk 2:34 AM Elk Creek Trail 3:35 AM Animas River bridge 4:19 AM Molas Lake TH 6:38 AM Roach says it's 23.4 mi, 10.4k vert Strava said 29.4 mi, 17k vert Another app says 32.9 mi, 13.1k vert Take your pick, it was a big day. 
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Route: Trinity Traverse
Posted On: 2018-06-28, By: illusion7il
Info: All clear. Very smokey in the afternoon. 
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Route: traverse
Posted On: 2018-05-28, By: tmud
Info: the west gully of East T is completely covered in snow. West and Middle are dry. Had to bail at the Middle/East saddle down a steep snow filled col. Axe and crampons were necessary. Photos below... 
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