Cirque Mountain  
Condition Updates  
Route: Yankee Boy Basin
Posted On: 2022-07-20, By: JasonKline
Info: Summer conditions. Much more pleasant than the other Yankee Boy Basin Bicentennials. 
Route: Yankee Boy Basin
Posted On: 2021-07-03, By: MC.Ikema
Info: Route is snow free to the top. A surprisingly good trail emerges from the rocks around 12,500 and runs to a seldomly visited summit. Right peak looks taller, but a scramble over to Right made Left look slightly higher... I think? Touch em both and let the USGS decide come revision time. 
Route: Standard Yankee Boy approach
Posted On: 2021-05-31, By: CarpeDM
Info: We may have gotten lucky with the weather. The night was clearer than forecasted, which probably helped the snow stay firm. Our decision to leave snowshoes behind was a good one. You can find good snow from pretty close to the road up to the saddle. We left the road a little early and had an easy off-trail walk with a couple of leftward contours to get onto the snow. But once on it, the snow was good for crampons. From the ridge over to the summit pitch, it was a mixture of snow and rock. Getting around the unnamed point felt a little dicey in a couple of spots, since we were sidehilling on firm snow without crampons. But kicking steps did the job. The ridge from the unnamed point to the summit pitch was corniced, but you can find a route across that avoids that danger. The summit pitch was smooth sailing except for the loose 8 foot step at the start and one snowy step above that. On the way down, the snow was still in good shape for walking down in crampons. We only post-holed a little down low. All photos taken on the way down. 
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Route: SW Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-01, By: desertdog
Info: A few snow patches on the ridge, which can be avoided. Dry otherwise. 
Route: from Yankee Boy
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: tjf242424
Info: Dry all the way to the false summit, but a substantial cornice for much of the way across the cirque (see photo) to the true double summits. We made it work with approach shoes and micro spikes with poles. I also attached a photo of Teakettle/Potosi, which look mostly dry. There's a fair bit of snow on the descent ramp from Coffee Pot to the black gully. We could not see the gully from our vantage point. 
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Route: From Yankee Boy Basin
Posted On: 2020-07-04, By: WildWanderer
Info: A little bit of snow in the gully, as well as some water, but passable and otherwise snow free and summer conditions. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-16, By: osprey
Info: The route is summer conditions. Cirque is, for the most part, a well mannered mountain without the loose scree on its neighbors Sneffels Lavender Col and Teakettle/Coffee Pot. A very pleasant climb. 
Route: From sneffles Cirque saddle
Posted On: 2019-07-07, By: cottonmountaineering
Info: Mostly dry , will want to have some traction along the Ridgeline as consequences for falling are high 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2018-09-28, By: TravelingMatt
Info: From the toilet (lower 4wd trailhead) at 11,300' in Yankee Boy Basin, walk the road for about ¼ mile. Leave the road and tack northwest towards the gully between Kismet and Cirque. (Not NNE into the Cirque/Teakettle gully!) The route starts on gentle terrain, then steepens, then around 12,700' you run out of grass. A use trail exists through the scree but good luck walking up it. Ridge is generally a walkup to the summit with one or two short, slightly loose class 2+ segments. Point 13500 can be bypassed to the north (left). The western summit is probably the highpoint but the eastern summit offers better views of the ridge over to Teakettle. Traverse between summits has slight 2+ near col. From the Governor Basin turnoff it took me 2½ hours to summit, and from the toilet I summited in just under two. 
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Route: Standard
Posted On: 2018-06-07, By: illusion7il
Info: All clear. 

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